Why apply for a position as a summer intern or full-time analyst?
Probably the best reason is that you like studying a subject until you get to the bottom of it. Another good reason is that you like the sound of the firm described on our About page.
If you end up joining Abdiel full-time and apply yourself for several years, you could develop into a world-class investor. This means you will have learned to assess unfamiliar situations and make good decisions about them—abilities that will serve you well beyond the field of investing. It also means you’ll have made an enormous contribution to our firm and, at the same time, done something useful for the world. Read “What we want Abdiel to add to the world” and see if it makes sense to you.
Do I need to have studied economics or finance or have advanced skills in math?
No. We want people who are smart and curious and who will actually enjoy being an investment analyst. For this last attribute, we look for signs that you have educated yourself on what investment analysis is. Coursework related to investing is one form this education can take. Closely questioning people who know a lot about investing is another. No one goes wrong reading the shareholder letters of great teachers like Warren Buffett or Jeff Bezos. Best of all is to study the products or culture of a company that interests you, either on your own or with the help of your school’s investment club.
What will I be doing?
After some basic training, we will assign you companies to study. For each one, you will read financial reports, interview knowledgeable sources, sleuth for data on the internet, and make spreadsheets that clarify how much a company earns.
Over time, you’ll develop a taste for the kind of company you admire. Eventually you’ll also be responsible for finding such companies.
Our business works better and is more fun if everyone is constantly getting better at what they do. Once we hire a person, his/her development matters to us.