Spotlight on Alex Heintze / by Haley Smith

Meet Alex Heintze - bestselling author of new release, The Generation Z Entrepreneur, which features stories of entrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos and Alex's own experience working in VC.

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You're the author of The Generation Z Entrepreneur. Tell us about the book. 

Over the past few months, I've written the book The Generation Z Entrepreneur, and it has been one of my most challenging and rewarding experiences to date. The Generation Z Entrepreneur outlines seven key principles for young people to follow to fast-forward their careers by adopting an entrepreneurial mindset and positioning themselves to one day start a company. Now, it isn't some crazy “drop out of high school or college” or “quit your day job” advice you may read elsewhere. On the contrary, The Generation Z Entrepreneur brings in the advice and stories of successful entrepreneurs who share insights despite the age difference, such as Henry Ford, Reid Hoffman, Jeff Bezos, and Richard Branson. Moreover, it looks into the lives of people just like us — young people hungry to follow their dreams.

 

What was your experience like at the venture capital firm, Revolution?

My experience at the venture capital firm Revolution was one of my key motivators to writing The Generation Z Entrepreneur. It gave me a sneak peek into the exciting world of startups from an entirely new perspective. At Revolution, I specifically worked on Rise of the Rest, a fund that invests in companies located outside of Silicon Valley, New York City, and Boston. Steve Case, the founder of AOL, is the chairman of Revolution, and he is a strong proponent that anyone can be an entrepreneur anywhere. My day-to-day work at Revolution revolved around planning the bus tours that the Rise of the Rest team does around the United States each year to identify top companies to invest in. I identified key stakeholders in emerging cities that Steve Case and his team should reach out to as well as rapidly-growing startups that they should reach out to. Overall, it inspired me to pursue opportunities in venture capital after graduation.

 

After spending time in both corporate and startup sectors, what do you see yourself doing postgrad at Georgetown?

After graduating from Georgetown, I see myself working at a startup or at a venture capital firm. After talking with numerous venture capitalists for my book The Generation Z Entrepreneur, I learned that I need more experience in startups before tapping into venture capital or growth equity. To do this, I'm interning at the edtech startup General Assembly this semester and the fintech company AvidXchange this summer. So when the recruitment season rolls around in the Fall, I will see if I still need some more experience or if I'm ready to start at an entry-level role in venture capital. But I also like to keep an open mind, so I'm open to any new and exciting doors that may open in the next year. I think it's important for young people to not pidgeon-hole themselves into a certain industry, as we all still have a lot to learn and experience.