Haftel is a 2009 graduate of North Carolina’s prestigious Duke University, with degrees in Science, Mathematics, and Economics. While at Duke he dabbled with extracurricular activities including getting involved in “The Chronicle”, Duke’s newspaper. Haftel showed himself to be well-rounded, not only able to crunch the numbers in class, but offer thoughtful, in-depth analysis on new music releases. His review of Arcade Fire’s albums, for example, remains one of the paper’s most-read articles.
Following graduation, he went to work for Bank of America as an analyst on commodities including metal, mining, chemicals, aerospace and defense, to name but a few. While there, his clients included CONSOL Energy (the leading diversified energy producer in the Appalachian Basin), Huntsman Corporation (who provide industrial chemicals to BMW, GE, Chevron, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever), commercial satellite imagery company GeoEye, and EMS Technologies, the communications branch of Honeywell.
Since 2011, Haftel has been an associate at private equity firm Vector Capital, a San Francisco-based investment company with over $2 billion in assets, well-known for their backing of technology start-ups. Some of Vector’s higher profile investments include digital rights manager Aladdin Knowledge Systems, developer Collabnet, Corel (makers of Paint Shop Pro and WordPerfect), textile software designer Gerber Scientific, LANDesk, Register.com, SafeNet, Savi Technology, network security provider WatchGuard, and the universally used WinZip.
He has also reached out to the next generation, offering guidance. Many have read his report on CNN’s website on how to properly prepare for an investment banking job interview, along with how to write the best resume possible. Haftel wants others to succeed, which sets him apart from others in the field: he is not only looking out for himself, but looking out for others, and providing great free interviews.