Role: Summer Associate (with requested part-time start as early as 1st March)
Compensation: $20/ hour part-time. $7,000/ month full-time during the summer
Application Deadline: March 5th
Description: Mercury Fund is looking for an MBA Associate for the summer (with a request to start part-time as early as 1st March) to join our investment team. This position will play a critical role in supporting the firm’s research and development of new investment themes, deal sourcing and community building, due diligence efforts for potential new investments, and monitoring and supporting Mercury’s portfolio companies. This is a rare opportunity to build experience in venture capital. We subscribe to the apprenticeship model and are obsessed with leveraging local resources to build out the ecosystem. In this role, you will be mentored by a tight-knit team of investment and operations personnel who have built the largest VC platform in Houston and one of the largest in Texas.
Responsibilities for this role include: – Sourcing new early-stage investments by nurturing strong relationships with founders, investors and the broader VC community. – Assisting in all aspects of due diligence, including detailed customer and management references, market sizing and mapping, financial modeling, and industry research. – Collaborating with teammates to push fund thinking in key thesis areas. – Owning the Mercury brand in our startups ecosystems – Supporting continuous improvement of internal processes.
We think of ourselves as a startup and as such we are continuously seeking to iterate on how to operate at our best.
We’d love to hear from you if you: – Love meeting new people and learning about amazing innovative startups – Have a passion for entrepreneurship – Are intellectually curious – Are highly analytical – Have the ability to synthesize complex information into presentable formats – Can balance collaboration and individualized responsibility – Are an exceptional communicator – Are a non-consensus thinker We place a premium on diversity of ideas.
Please apply for the role by emailing your resume and a research memo (instructions below) to email@example.com. Cover letter is optional.
Thematic Research Memo: Instructions: From the following list of industries (Fintech/Payments, Future of Work, Impact, E-Commerce and Retail) please pick one, define a sub category (e.g. Democratization of capital in Fintech/ Payments) and answer the question below in written memo format no longer than three pages. Please use your research skills to build an evidence-based case (quantitative and qualitative data). We encourage you to take into account the impact of demographics, consumer trends, technology and business model innovation on your topic area.
Question: From the industries listed above, please choose one and present why you believe it presents a strong market opportunity to explore as a venture capital fund based in the middle of the country.
Things to consider: ● Who are the incumbents or and/or disruptors driving change? ● Where do you see the emerging opportunities? ● What factors/capabilities will determine the future winners in this space? ● Are there viable, scalable service models that can persist in this space? If so, what are some examples of companies that we might invest in? ● Is this area synergistic with Mercury Fund’s current portfolio companies? ● Is this area synergistic with Mercury Fund’s investment team’s interests and experience? ○ The investment team is: Blair Garrou, Aziz Giliani, Adrian Fortino, Heath Butler, Samantha Lewis, and Tom Jackson.