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Zack Mansfield

Zack Mansfield


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Startups Are Like Marathons

Two weeks ago, I was in New York and got to catch up with my old colleague Mark Loranger. For several years, Mark covered the NYC and Boston markets for the Square Roots program and did a fantastic job building relationships with some of the best and brightest startups in the Northeast. About a year ago, Mark decided that he needed to scratch the entrepreneurial itch fully, and left the bank to join one of his startup clients, Updater. Updater offers a slick and modern free change of address platform while also providing all kinds of extra benefits to...

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Three Tips for Breaking Into the Startup World

In my day to day role helping to run the Square Roots program for Square 1 Bank, one of my most important responsibilities is to be involved as a connector. Often, this manifests itself in introductions between a company and a potential investor or service providers. From time to time, I’ll meet someone who wants to break into the startup world. I usually try to ask a series of questions to understand exactly what the person wants to do and then attempt to do some mental matching with companies that may be a fit for the profile and talents...

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Four Resolutions for Yourself and Your Startup

As you’ll see in the chart above, I had some ups and downs throughout the year. I started out strong then had some lulls in the summer, which culminated in a truly dismal August (who wants to run in the dog days of a North Carolina August?) This variability led me to a 2nd observation: #2 – Big vision is great, but shorter term goals can be beneficial I set truly big goals which required a year long commitment. This type of vision was important but it made the year feel like a marathon. There were moments within the...

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Is the Startup Conference Model Broken?

The startup world is currently in one of the unofficial Conference Seasons – the couple month period after summer and before the holidays when there is a seemingly endless stream of venture conferences, industry events and networking opportunities. Over the last few weeks I’ve been to shows in Atlanta and Raleigh and will be hitting up another event in DC during the latter part of this week. These events are incredible opportunities for startups to connect with investors, for service providers to find new leads, and, theoretically, for everyone involved to learn from the luminaries of industry via a...

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Everything's Amazing and Nobody's Happy

Remember, if all else fails, another day will come. And we will wake up knowing that there’s a chance that we will get a day like last Sunday. The sun will be shining, the sky will be blue. Everything will be still be amazing. And, yes, we can be...

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Everything’s Amazing and Nobody’s Happy

Remember, if all else fails, another day will come. And we will wake up knowing that there’s a chance that we will get a day like last Sunday. The sun will be shining, the sky will be blue. Everything will be still be amazing. And, yes, we can be...

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A Review of North Carolina Venture Capital Tech Investing

While it is generally accepted that it is cheaper than ever to finance a tech company, it is still generally true that to grow to true scale can require considerable time and capital. The ten companies that raised more than $10MM raised a total of $172.5MM. It’s interesting to note the amount of time since first round of financing for the companies in this grouping. As noted in the chart below, the average time since initial institutional round is 1519 days, or more than 4 years. This group includes Bandwidth.com, which raised an initial round of institutional funding of...

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