Back to Square One

A lot has happened since the ZM Blog was last updated. Without boring anyone with too many exact details, here’s a little third person play by play:

  • First week of January: ZM realizes that he’s completely miserable in his role as “inside sales guy” at Visitar. While the company has some good technology and a seasoned management team, there’s a big problem: no one wants to pay money for the software. Not good news for a guy who’s supposed to bang out 50+ calls a day.
  • ZM places an inquiry to a friend at Square 1 Bank to see if they have any openings in the analyst group. Within an hour, ZM has sent a resume and set up an initial interview.
  • Interview 1…week of miserable cold calling…Interview 2…cold calls…offer…immediately accept.

And that, my friends, is how ZM ended up walking into Durham’s American Tobacco complex on January 29th as the newest portfolio analyst for Square 1 Bank.

What followed was a 2-3 month “deep dive” into the wondrously exciting and pleasurable (compared to cold calling) world of venture banking. My days were spent re-schooling myself on the bits of accounting and finance that I learned at UNC and then learning what seemeded like millions of new things along the way. Then there’s the various systems, jargon, and internal processes that one has to learn in a new enterprise – and which are multiplied by the fact that this new gig is in a regulated industry.

In short, the first few months were a whirlwind. And I loved them.

Things are a bit more settled now, and the blogging bug is beginning to kick back in. In a way, it feels like I’m starting all over – time will tell if the bug will stick. Regardless, it feels good to be back at Square 1.


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