“Your search for an Associate has ended, as I have the background and experience you are looking for.”
Don’t be that guy. This kind of stuff helps give MBA-types a bad name, and deservedly so. (said best here: Get an MBA, Don’t be an MBA)
The adage gets thrown around that recruiters spend 10 seconds on each resume for the first screen. This is likely in the ballpark for competitive positions that attract many high quality candidates. Don’t give anyone an excuse to not make it past your opening. Nuance is particularly difficult to portray via email (see also: Sarcasm Font). We’ve all made this mistake at some point, but certain occasions require one to be particularly careful.
VC jobs require you to communicate a wide range of often difficult topics via email. Passing on investment opportunities is difficult to do graciously while providing rationale and feedback. It is easy to screw up, I know I have done it. This simply reinforces the need for thoughtful communication in first impressions.