Startup CFO is a digital first, peer to peer group where finance people working in disruptive tech come together and advise on certain topics, ask questions and grow their peer network. This podcast was designed to cover topics that add value to CFOs and senior finance professionals. We invite industry leaders to cover technical and non-technical topics to help finance professionals grow professionally and personally. As the group has been around for 10 years, we know the ins and outs of building relationships between peers and support great conversations. By visiting our website, you can learn more about the group. https://startupcfo.tech
Guy Hutchinson, founder of the Startup CFO Community, discussing key lessons and development steps for CFOs with Emily Lincoln-Gordon
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42:41In this episode Guy Hutchinson steps into the guest seat to share some insight on why the Startup CFO community is such an amazing resource for Tech CFOs. Guy had an accomplished career as a CFO building startups from seed-to-scale. On this journey he founded a meet-up group with three other CFOs, and that group became Startup CFO the leading community in the space. We discuss in detail how this type of community can offer finance professionals peer-to-peer support, developing events that support signifiant career advancement and how the group now focuses on the key strategic aspects of the CFOs role. He explores why trust and authenticity are the one true currency and shares a surprising recommendation for any CFO thinking about becoming a founder.A big thank you for Emily Lincoln-Gordon who interviewed Guy for this. Emily is COO, former General Counsel and founder at table eight. https://www.tableeight.io/
Eleena Broadfoot, CFO at Beauty Pie, discusses critical steps managing your career path as a finance professional
41:17In this episode we talk to Eleena Broadfoot. Eleena is the CFO at Beauty Pie, a great success story with their direct to consumer proposition. She has had an accomplished career, including some great experience working within Virgin Group. Always working closely with passionate founders, she takes us through her personal journey and how she has focused on her career development. We discuss in detail how she assesses new roles and forms a view on a business that is really going to scale. She shares some remarkable insights on how finance professionals should think about their career development and how a commitment to coaching can transform any career.
Anthony Danon shares insights on what Tech CFOs can learn from investors
40:42We have an in depth talk with Anthony Danon, an investor running the Cocoa fund and focusing on fintech.For CFOs in our community, he shares some remarkable tips on identifying a great tech business to work with …..… as well as laying down key identifiers for successful founders. Anthony has spent >9 years in fintech as an operator, VC and angel, having done 34+ investments. He is a pre-seed/seed investor into companies like Atlar, Hyperline, Primer, Pivot, Ramp Network, Tide, TrueLayer, Two and Wayflyer. Most recently, he co-founded Cocoa, an angel fund backed by tech founders.He believes believe 'Fintech is everything' and he looks for single-minded determination in founding teams.
Douglas Squirrel, coach and consulting CTO, on how Technology and Finance professionals can work in partnership
35:41In this episode, we speak with Douglas Squirrel, super experienced Consulting CTO. We focus the discussions on his work in developing a high-performing tech leaders. He includes some remarkable stories from his Tech career on how CTOs can support business outcomes.CTOs and CFOs are often kindred spirits and can drive business transformation when they unlock a close business partnership
Christian Wattig, founder of FP&A Prep, on how CFOs can take their FP&A process to the next level
43:13Christian Wattig is an FP&A expert with 14 years of leadership experience at P&G, Unilever, and Squarespace. He is the founder and managing director of FP&A Prep, where he teaches FP&A skills to finance teams and business leaders through on-site training and public online seminars. In this wide-ranging conversation, Guy and Christian discuss what differentiates exceptional from average FP&A teams, how to get the most out of the planning process, and share advice for implementing advanced tools like machine learning models. You can learn more about Christian and his FP&A training programs here:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christian-wattigThe Art & Science of Forecasting:https://forecastingmastery.comFP&A Bootcamp:https://www.fpaprep.com/courseAnd of course, if you are a finance professional in Tech, feel free to apply to join our grouphttps://startupcfo.tech/
Shane Leonard, an experienced CFO with an entrepreneurial background, on becoming a trusted advisor to founders
40:00Shane Leonard and Guy Hutchinson talk through the path for Tech CFOs to become the trusted advisor to the CEO.Our regular listeners will know CFOs aren't just about numbers and crunching out financial statements. In the world of VC backed Tech, we are often working with founders who are primarily focused on product and achieving that early tractionAt this stage you need the CFO to take on a wider remit, becoming that vital trusted adviser. Shane discusses the optimal path for taking on this important role.
Ian Sutherland, CFO at Tide, discusses how CFOs can deliver on NetZero
33:23In this episode, we talk to Ian Sutherland, CFO at Tide the UK company building a modern business current account, optimised for small business ownersIan has been CFO at Tide for six years, and during this time he realised that he could align his passions for tackling climate change and set Tide on a path to achieve Net Zero. In this discussion with him we build an understanding on why Net Zero sits neatly within the skills framework of a CFO.
Mitchell Fasanya, founder at SearchLand and Fanbytes discussing pivots and the power of staying lean
41:20Mitchell Fasanya is a founder with three businesses to his name, two of which came into being even before he graduated university. In this episode Mitch takes us through the critical world of startup pivots, with brilliant real life examples from his most recent ventures. We talk through some deep insights on moving fast with platform decisions, when to stay lean and what he’ll be looking for in his first finance hire for SearchLand. Contact details below for any listeners keen to connect with him https://www.linkedin.com/in/mfasanya/[email protected]
Patrick Hoogendijk shares insights on operating as a strategic CFO
40:39In this episode we talk to Patrick Hoogendijk. Patrick is an accomplished professional with 25 years of experience in Angel investing, venture capital, private equity, and building startups from seed-to-scale. Always working closely with passionate founders, he takes on the embedded CFO/COO role to set strategy and execute rapidly. We discuss in detail what it takes to operate as an in-demand portfolio CFO in the US tech scene and he shares some deep insights in how CFOs can operate commercially and work closely with founders and the C-suite.
Alysha Randall on finance professionals and developing leadership qualities
35:33In this episode, we talk to Alysha Randall of Fast Growth Consulting. Alysha is a super experienced FD and CFO now working portfolio with a range of high growth businesses.We explore her interest in building courses to support the growth of the CFOs of the future. We examine managing and leading, and why discerning the difference is not always obvious. And we discover a few surprising tips of hers when looking to really double down on leadership behaviours expected of CFOs