Your Dream Job is a Cold Email Away | Arteen Arabshahi | TEDxCSUN

  • Published on Jun 19, 2017
  • Venture capitalist and poet Arteen Arabshahi of Fika Ventures details his untraditional path to venture capital and describes what he calls a "confidence distortion field”- believing in yourself more than may feel comfortable- and how to leverage that practice into your first professional step.
    Arteen is obsessed with efficiency. He was first drawn to tech after seeing the profound and widespread impact one could make by streamlining antiquated industries and now loves working with founders who are taking innovative approaches to solving large problems. Arteen is currently a venture capitalist at Fika Ventures, a boutique seed fund in LA he helped form. Before Fika, he was #2 at Karlin Ventures, an LA-based early stage venture fund. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Arteen launched and worked at Techstars Chicago, one of the places where he now mentors.

    Beyond startups, Arteen explores much of what LA has to offer. On a typical weekend, he’ll either be on a hike, at a concert, or at an open mic poetry slam. He is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a board member for multiple TEDx communities, and an active supporter of TWLOHA, a non-profit raising awareness for those struggling with mental health.

    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Comments • 19

  • Terrance Collins
    Terrance Collins 3 days ago

    Iranians, great people, and Arteen's a perfect example.

  • Beverly HillsKid
    Beverly HillsKid 4 days ago +1

    I totally agree with the qualifications and capabilities thing. Just because you don't have experience doing something does NOT mean you can't do it.

  • Tyler Wissler
    Tyler Wissler 2 months ago

    Good advice!

  • Praise Worship
    Praise Worship 5 months ago +4

    If you are doing pre-med and you want to do something else so that you can spend more time starting a family don't go in to tech as the speaker did. Tech is just as demanding.

  • D Singh
    D Singh 5 months ago +2

    dude so will you say cold email are equally if not more important than applications?
    i often apply for a job, then linkedin message+ add a contact. would you advise i reverse that order?

  • dossube
    dossube 6 months ago +1

    ...And it ended even more beautifully...BRILLIANT!

  • sam a
    sam a 6 months ago +5

    too much blabbing

  • Eric Lee
    Eric Lee 6 months ago

    great talk. as a graduate student I'm really impressed

  • alexp247365
    alexp247365 9 months ago +1

    After 12 years of hustle learning a unicorn technical skillset in the financial sector, I've finally attained.....mediocrity!

    • sonja k
      sonja k 8 months ago

      that is all that the financial sector deserve. find an interest outside your work, and devote your free time and passion to that interest.

  • ki5ngau
    ki5ngau 9 months ago +8

    I am 49 years old and today I just learned something new ans inspirational. Learn something new everyday.

  • Timi Boose
    Timi Boose 11 months ago +6

    wow - great job holding it together when you forgot the next line of the poem! Impressive .

  • Marina Sanchez
    Marina Sanchez Year ago +2

    loved this talk!

  • Ella Zhao
    Ella Zhao Year ago +43

    "if you are qualified, then you are not reaching high enough" wow well said

    • Eric Lee
      Eric Lee 6 months ago


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    Jeff Sartain Year ago +1


  • effective comments
    effective comments Year ago +2

    the truth expressed in simplicity

  • Lauren Wong
    Lauren Wong Year ago +7

    Super inspiring. I love making my own luck. Great job Arteen!

    • A K
      A K 5 months ago +1

      Lauren Wong hi