Posted Jul. 2, 2014 at 9:48 a.m.

The Startup Factory looks to hire venture associate, marketer

Published: 2014-07-02 09:48:14
Updated: 2014-07-02 09:48:14

With talk about raising a new fund and possibly expanding beyond the Triangle, The Startup Factory is gearing up for growth. It's looking to hire two full-time people with partners Chris Heivly and Dave Neal saying they "need rockstars."

"Yes, that lean investment group over in Durham in American Tobacco is ready to expand our full-time staff," Heivly writes in a help-wanted blog post.

"We have been getting by with a few great paid interns but it is time we ramp this up a notch or two. We are hiring based on passion and drive not your college credentials per se."

Neal and Heivly review applications from around the U.S. for its accelerator program, which provides $50,000 in funding and a months-long mentoring/business building process. They currently are recruiting five or six emerging ventures for their fall program.

But with TSF making noise about growth, Heivly says he and Neal need help on two fronts:

A "Venture Associate" and a "Marketing Associate."

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Here's Heivly's description of the venture role:

  • "Operate as a 3rd partner in our 2x per year selection of 10-12 investments. Seriously. Its two of us.
  • "Coordinate post-investment support for our portfolio companies.
  • "Develop and maintain investor relationships with targeted VC firms. We have a short list of 25-35 we know and need to keep in touch with. This is your baby.
  • "Represent TSF in local, regional and national community. We all do it and frankly it is fun."

Hevily says the job is "a great opportunity for someone interested in getting into venture capital. With 26 current investments and another 10-12 added each year – this role will continue to expand. This position will provide an unparalleled set of experiences."

Marketing the TSF

The marketing role:

  • "Drive Overall TSF awareness through a variety of marketing programs including (Events, Paid Search, Social, Email, Website, PR). I think we hit on all of the biggies here!
  • "Create marketing campaigns directed at entrepreneurs, investors and mentors. Yes that means you! You will run these programs and have responsibility. But we will also teach you what you don’t know already.
  • "Light administrative duties around the office. We all pitch in – that means you too."

One caveat: If you want big pay, look elsewhere.

"Both positions are full-time and will pay a crappy monthly salary which will increase with the delivery of value," Heivly warns.

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