Entrepreneur First

Platform Lead

Join Entrepreneur First as they are looking for a Platform Lead

About Entrepreneur First

At Entrepreneur First (“EF”), we believe that a small number of exceptional people will have an extraordinary impact by creating the technology companies which shape the future in ways we cannot yet imagine. We also believe that for many of these individuals, entrepreneurship is not an obvious or entirely legible career path. 

We exist to identify and amplify the impact of, these individuals. We do this via our unique approach to company creation, which sees us identify and work with outliers before they even know they’re outliers, right through to the day they prove it

We call this Talent Investing. See how it works here.

The companies built at EF are now worth over $10bn. They include Tractable (a computer vision unicorn), Magic Pony Technology (AI, acquired by Twitter for a reported $150m), La Vie (foodtech), Kinetix (creator tools), Neoplants (biotech), Fello (fintech), Beatoven (musictech), Unbox Robotics (logistics) and many more.

EF is funded and backed by some of the world's best founders and investors, including Patrick and John Collison (Stripe), Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), Tom Blomfield (GoCardless and Monzo) and Demis Hassabis (Google Deepmind).

The Role

We’re looking for a Platform Lead to provide strategic leadership & operational support to the Partner and Talent Investment team at EF India, develop and manage a platform team that operates our program and processes that build the local platform of Entrepreneur First, on which candidates get assessed, find their co-founder, develop their idea, and build startups through product market fit and until they receive seed funding. 

You’ll have end-to-end ownership on all standardised processes from the first touchpoint with a candidate up until the coordination and organisation of our “Reveal” when we release our companies into the market.  

In this role, you will be responsible for managing the key operations of the firm, including managing budgets and financial forecasting, coordinating with external partners and stakeholders, and developing and implementing processes and systems to improve efficiency and productivity. 

You will work very closely with our Investment, Data and Legal Teams to support our founders but also to improve processes and systems further, targeting effectiveness, efficiency and attractiveness towards external and internal stakeholders.  

This is one of the most critical roles in the EF India team with high responsibility, autonomy, and an opportunity to build alongside some of the best technologists, founders, and ambitious entrepreneurial talent. 

You will report directly to the Partner and India head, and work closely with the local Investment Teams, Legal and global Product Operations and Insights teams.  

As Platform Lead in Bangalore, you will be shaping the Indian tech ecosystem at some of the earliest stages of innovation.  

What You’ll Do

Manage key operations of the firm including budgets, annual planning, financial forecasting, developing and implementing processes and systems to improve efficiency and productivity Uphold stellar consumer experience end to end across touchpoints with the end user right from first interaction through the programme experience and all the way through getting funded  Setup and execute operational processes and playbooks from the top of the funnel (Selection and Admission) over Investment Committee coordination to incorporation and reveal events Work closely with internal stakeholders to improve processes in attractiveness, effectiveness and efficiency.  End-to-end management and continuous improvement of processes across functions (talent, venture building, investment) Support cross-geo initiatives and working streams on talent, marketing and fundraising operations  Lift the local Entrepreneur First Platform to a first-class venture building arena in terms of customer experience and effectiveness Manage a cross-functional team and develop them into leading functions Get deeply immersed in the Indian ecosystem of founders, entrepreneurs, technologists, and VCs in an effort to build EF’s awareness and relevance Work closely with founders and technologists to develop effective operational strategies for their businesses

What You’ll Need

Leadership experience (6+ yrs) in high volume & high growth operational environments; a service-oriented, technology, educational, or community-centric organisation is preferred Proven organisational and project management skills, comfortable juggling both time-sensitive deadlines and longer-term initiatives Able to deliver high-quality results in a timely manner individually and through others; initiate action and accomplish goals across teams/projects in the face of multiple demands Self-driven, proactive and an exceptional communicator with excellent speaking and writing skills Able to navigate uncertainty and problem solve creatively around constraints An analytical mindset and willingness to apply to day-to-day operations A love of learning and adapting to changing needs or circumstances A founder-centric approach that shapes your thinking and drives your determination to achieve great results A result-oriented approach and ability to translate ideas into quantifiable hypotheses & strategies and impact

What We Offer

A competitive salary and a generous bonus component based on annual performance A buzzing space full of some of the most talented founders, technologists and investors working on world-changing businesses The opportunity to supercharge your learning by working with a talented, ambitious, and diverse global team (we’re currently operational in multiple countries across Europe, North America, and Asia) Have the opportunity to be an early employee at an institution that is changing the way the most ambitious people approach entrepreneurship. The potential impact is enormous A Learning & Development allowance to purchase any product or service that will contribute to your personal or professional development Enhanced parental leave, plus broader leave policies including additional time off (around two weeks) at the end of the year during Christmas & New Year

EF champions diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which a wide variety of backgrounds thrive. We do not tolerate discrimination of any nature including but not limited to discriminating on the basis of race, colour, religion, culture, nationality, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, or marital status.