October 16, 2008

Meet the FundingUniverse Posse: Zach Mangum

Zach MangumName: Zach Mangum

Title: Senior Funding Consultant

Zach is one of two senior consultants in charge of fitting clients with fundraising solutions that meet their needs. He leads a team of consultants who contact and qualify entrepreneurs who apply for funding.

Zach’s usually the first guy in the office even if he’s been up all night taking care of his infant first-born.


What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made in business? I don’t know what the biggest one was, but a week or two ago I sent a confidential email to a few colleagues here at FundingUniverse and accidentally sent a copy to a client as well. The content in the email was enough to embarrass me more than I’d like to admit!

What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received? “do or do not, there is no try” – Yoda; “do more than is required”

Where did you work before FundingUniverse? Sage Communities – Finance Intern

What drew you to FundingUniverse? (1) I wanted experience with a startup, (2) I wanted to learn about entrepreneurship and how to effectively start a successful business, (3) I wanted experience in the world of angel investing/VC/entrepreneurship, (4) FundingUniverse had everything I was looking for as well as a great name both locally and nationally.

How will you help FundingUniverse grow? By constantly evaluating and improving our screening process to help us bring on as many entrepreneurs as possible and assist them in getting prepared to raise investment capital.

What’s your favorite things about FundingUniverse? (1) my co-workers, (2) the industry, (3) seeing businesses get funded, (4) Michael Jones

What has been the funniest moment at FundingUniverse? Watching Michael and Kendall play ping pong.

What has been the weirdest moment at FundingUniverse? Seeing broken ping pong paddles every week.