Nineteen-year-old Patrick Finnegan is not your typical venture capitalist.
Before moving to New York City to pursue a job in the city's bustling start-up scene, he made $80,000 building websites for companies and ran a side business creating fake IDs for the under-21 crowd.
As VP of venture development at Manhattan-based venture capital firm Studio VC, Finnegan makes business decisions alongside the team, which includes former Samsung and Credit Agricole investment managers and established venture capitalists.
The firm has invested nearly $3 million to date, Finnegan said.
"I'm not a Harvard Business School graduate," Finnegan said. "The way I look at a company is very different. I look at it as how my generation relates to it, I look at it as how relevant it is. Is it trendy? Is there longevity to it?"