William Mann

Assistant Professor of Finance


William Mann conducts primarily empirical research, focusing on the financing of corporate investment and the real effects of collateral constraints. Mann investigated companies that use their patent portfolios as collateral to raise debt financing. He used data from the U.S. Patent Office to demonstrate that the phenomenon is more common than previously recognized, and the Patent Office subsequently cited this work in a white paper supporting its initiative to make its data more easily accessible. Other research explores the structure of venture debt contracts, and how government financial aid affects college tuition.

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Illustration of a woman crossing a ravine on top of money Research Brief / Venture Capital

Lending to Startups: Not as Risky as You’d Think

Entrepreneurs borrow between equity funding rounds with a strong record of repaying debts