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Managing the Little Things

// Zack Mansfield

June 25, 2014 - The role of a startup’s CEO is one which requires an insane amount of multi-tasking and focus.  One day you might be hammering out the intricacies of your product or having a customer conversation to validate product/market fit.  Then the next you’re taking meetings with insurance guys to make sure you have the right policies in place to protect your business.  Oh yeah, you’re also responsible for raising the capital needed to grow and, more often than not, you’re doing some kind of sales too. 
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How FilterEasy Turned a Mistake into a Chance for Fandom

// Zack Mansfield

June 11, 2014 -

Ever had a poor experience with a new supplier and vowed to never use their service again?  We’ve all been there.  Learn how FilterEasy turned a disappointed customer into a fan for life through excellent customer service and commitment to make it right.

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Building Your Company Culture Through Values

// Zack Mansfield

April 30, 2014 - Of all the aspects of building a big company from scratch, nailing a great company culture is perhaps the hardest to quantify and thus also one of the hardest things to do. It’s inherently difficult because it’s all about people - there will be all different types of people in an organization and the needs of the organization will require different skills and talents at different points along the journey.
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Investor Psychology

// Zack Mansfield

March 18, 2014 - Recently, I happened to be the third wheel of a conversation between two active angel investors who were talking about a particular company that was closing a round of funding (names will remain anonymous to protect the innocent). I was somewhat familiar with the company but not intimately; thus, I was able to listen to the debate –er, conversation – with a completely open mind.
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Startup Finance 101

// Zack Mansfield

March 5, 2014 - As a banker, I’ve spent far too much time in the weeds of Excel financial models for startup companies. Startup finance is not always the most fascinating work, and many founder CEOs are technologists who have no interest or experience with the “numbers” side of a startup. Yet, there are some very basic “Startup Finance” concepts that I think are imperative for entrepreneurial execs to grasp as they grow their businesses. Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting you understand all the inner workings of QuickBooks or GAAP revenue recognition – here are two key areas that will be crucial in growing your venture.
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Easier and Cheaper to Start a Company? Current Influences on the Startup Ecosystem

// Zack Mansfield

February 5, 2014 - The notion that it is cheaper and easier than ever to start a company is a widely accepted trend shaping the startup ecosystem. This is true for a variety of reasons.
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