Let's say that I work at a company backed by a VC firm. It is safe to apply to a different company in which that VC firm has also invested?
I know that VCs often hold networking events for founders, and these circles can be tight-knit, with many professional relationships and friendships. Is there a significant risk that a founder from the company that I apply to could know a founder from my current company, and email him or her (or even mention it at an in-person meeting), risking trouble at at my current workplace?
I'm asking specifically about very small companies - about 20 employees or less, where the founders will be involved in any hiring process. At a larger company that is VC-backed (say, AirBNB, which is backed by A16Z and others), I know that the founders won't even be remotely involved in these decisions.