To land a role in venture (according to traditional wisdom) you need to have been a startup founder or an engineer. That is not Geri Kirilova’s story. Her career path into venture is one of networks and fortunate discovery. As she shares it, Kirilova accidently fell into venture while in college. On the recommendation of a friend (fellow member of the Undergraduate Stern Women in Business (USWIB) club), she pursued an internship at a seed and Series A fund during her semester abroad in Prague, and was immediately hooked. Working with passionate founders, learning about new technologies, and brainstorming monetization strategies for products - it was unlike anything Kirilova had been exposed to through her studies.