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G. Jackson Tankersley

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Title:     Managing Director

Location:  Denver, US West

Blog:      G. Jackson Tankersley

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Rated 3.3 / 5.0 by 14

Firm Information:

Company:   Meritage Funds

Type:      Large Private Equity

URL:       Firm Homepage

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FIRM DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1998, Meritage is a Denver-based manager of private investment funds. The Meritage team is a unique blend of investment and operating talent. We contribute both capital and expertise to every investment we make, working as a partner with entrepreneurs to accelerate the growth of their businesses. In total, we manage three investment funds representing more than $600 million of committed capital. We are currently investing Meritage Fund III and are actively seeking new investment opportunities.

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Complete Flake

Fund: Meritage Funds

Posted by Anonymous on 2011-09-26

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Strategically and Operationally Focused

Fund: Meritage Funds

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-22

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As a founder/entrepreneur, I was a bit skeptical about how much practical help Meritage (or any VC for that matter) would provide after funding but to my pleasant surprise, Meritage was and is actually quite helpful in terms of providing support and advice. In addition, Meritage is able to strike a nice balance so that “help” does not actually become meddlesome. Having financial backers with operational experience does translate into a certain level of empathy and respect for entrepreneurs. At the end of the day, it’s all about the relationship and finding the fund that understands your issues is instrumental to forging a healthy partnership that will make the business succeed.

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Know Your Ip

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-15

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A lesson learned in the process with Meritage is that you may be required to provide a "Freedom to Operate" opinion on your IP. If I knew what this was and had done it before with my two prior deals, it wouldn't have been an issue. However we clearly didn't know what would be expected and it took 3 trial runs and $45k of our attorney time to finally get to what they were looking for.

The positive is that I know without a shadow of a doubt that our IP is 100% defensable in the market. I also know how to architect around my competitors as we develop competing products in the future. I am really glad we went through the exercise. We've jointly agreed that they need to do a better job of communicating this requirement in detail to the entrepreneurs.

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Network Services VC: Meritage

Fund: Meritage Funds

Posted by sum3 on 2008-07-12

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Any entrepreneur with a “network” based business should seriously consider Meritage. This is a firm that understands real network businesses and how to partner with founders to generate significant levels of cash flow. They have the experience and take the right approach in their role as capital sponsor and I have consistently found them to be helpful and supportive in good times and bad as they look to help build long term sustainable businesses. They have a unique approach of putting successful operating executives on the BOD (which they call “operating partners") which provides real value-add as they take an interest in and support the “how” of running the business vs. just looking at the results. David Solomon is the operating partner on my BOD and has been a real mentor to me. Finally, they really do seem to understand the importance of the entrepreneur in the venture capital value chain.

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Term Sheet Deal Details

Fund: Meritage Funds

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-05-28

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Competent & Responsive

Fund: Meritage Funds

Posted by Carver on 2008-04-20

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We have been working with Meritage for about two years. I am impressed that they invest more than just money. Operating partners contribute actual industry and operating experience. The firm maintains individuals on staff to assist in market research, company strategy, and even lead generation. There is palpable commitment to assist entrepreneurs and refreshing belief that CEOs need to run the business.

Doug Holladay and Derek Pilling love to help, very responsive, and careful not to jump to conclusion. Doug takes a very personal interest in the company, brings real life operating experience, and enjoys when you ask him to get involved, even will go on a sales call. Derek is very bright, loves to strategize, and has become truly an excellent sounding board.

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Meritage Funds Exceptionally Helpful

Fund: Meritage Funds

Posted by songcrafter58 on 2007-11-20

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We found Meritage Funds to be absolutely top notch professionals. Derek Pilling spent a great deal of time discussing our plan in detail and provided very detailed advice and direction. He took the time to truly understand our business. They are very gracious, prompt and exceedingly helpful.

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Top Notch Partner: Top Notch Team

Fund: Meritage Funds

Posted by Serial Partner on 2007-10-12

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Integrity throughout! An operators VC, helpful beyond writing a check. Experienced "real-world" operating partners add more than what you typically find in many shops filled with either "B-school wannabes" or "financial wonks". Technology and communications focused. Highly recomended.

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Nothing Moves

Fund: Meritage Funds

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-08-07

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Nothing moves at Meritage unless Jack Tankersley is personally motivated to look.

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