I want to work for a start up

Did you know that according to a study by Accenture, only 14% of U.S. graduates want to work at a large firm? 44% want to work in a startup or other small enterprise.

Other than word of mouth, one of the smartest ways to look for start ups to target is by Google searching top venture capital firms.

Here's a starting place:

Insight Venture Partners

Tencent Holdings

New Enterprise Associates


Sequoia Capital

Higher Ground

Labs Quake

Capital Partners

Now, go to their website and look at their portfolio. Boom! There is a list to start your research. Here's the key.

If you want a start-up to take you seriously, remember the three P's:

PERSONALIZE-- This means you need to do your research. You can't just send out a copy/paste e-mail to 50 different founders. Your messaging has to demonstrate that you have a strong interest in the work and mission of the organization.

PAIN POINTS-- What are their gaps? And how can YOU solve them?

PASSION-- When a company is in start-up mode, every single hire matters. Everyone wears lots of hats. You have to demonstrate your passion for the company.

What else? How do you assess strength of a start-up?

Ask for the raise.