620: When People Matter Most | Laurie Krebs, CFO, Red Hat

It was October 2019. Red Hat, Inc., was preparing to submit its latest quarterly results to its new parent, IBM Corp., and Laurie Krebs had just been named Red Hat software’s new CFO. As a senior vice president of finance for Red Hat, Krebs had worked closely with the former CFO and more or less…

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619: Finding Finance’s Center of Gravity | Ray Carpenter, CFO, Xandr

When Ray Carpenter retraces his steps to the CFO office at Xandr—an analytics and advertising company formed by AT&T's WarnerMedia—he singles out two earlier roles as having been outside AT&T’s traditional finance track. “I actually got kicked out of finance for that role,” says Carpenter, referring to a stint as a marketer inside a start-up…
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618: From COVID’s Initial Shock to IPO in 60 Days | Dave Jones, CFO, Vroom

Not unlike the careers of his finance leader peers, the finance career of Dave Jones, CFO of online car seller Vroom, has been shaped and influenced by economic crises of the past two decades. Last month, as the initial shock of the coronavirus waned and the stock market rallied back, Vroom moved quickly to go…
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617: Finding Your Seat at the M&A Table | Dennis McGrath, CFO, PAVmed

Dennis McGrath was only recently married and a new home owner when he was invited to a Phillies game by the CFO of AC Manufacturing. At the time, McGrath was working for Andersen as an auditor of a roster of growing companies, among which AC—a maker of industrial air-conditioning units—was perhaps not the most glamorous.…
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When COVID Is an Accelerant | Jeff Epstein, Operating Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners

While COVID-19 and shelter-in-place ordinances continue to upend the go-to market strategies and sales projections of most companies, not all industries are being adversely affected. We recently asked Jeff Epstein, former CFO of Oracle and DoubleClick and currently an operating partner of Bessemer Venture Partners, whether certain industries will recover more quickly than others from…

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616: Predictability and the Pipeline | Ashim Gupta, CFO, UiPath

When asked to share a few of the experiences that he feels prepared him for a CFO role, Ashim Gupta recalls what he characterizes as a significant accounting problem. However, it was not the nature of the accounting snag that Gupta wants us to know about but instead how his initial response to the problem…
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615: Validating Your Proof Points for Investors | Jeff Epstein, Bessemer Venture Partners

In the mid-1990s, when Jeff Epstein was busy satisfying the M&A appetites of media clients for First Boston, one of his smaller, but more boisterous clients asked him to join the firm as its CFO.   “It was the type of situation where if they had gone to a recruiter, I would never have made…
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614: In Pursuit of Data’s Deep Impact | Matt Borowiecki, CFO, Biofourmis

When asked what led him to open his latest career chapter as CFO of Biofourmis, Matt Borowiecki quickly mentions the 2018 sale of MassMutual Asia Ltd. to Yunfeng FG. After helping to piece together a string of strategic plays for MassMutual, Borowiecki was instrumental in effecting the Yunfeng FG deal, which was a standout for…
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613: Helping Others Get the Big Picture | Anders Fohlin, CFO, Medius

Early in his finance career, Anders Fohlin discovered that he could ratchet up his capacity to consume information and problem-solve simply by drawing pictures. However, what had originated more as a personal observation would eventually evolve to something more as he discovered that his visuals could serve others.   “I started to regularly draw processes…
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A Value Proposition Gains Added Luster | Dave Jones, CFO, Vroom

When automobile dealerships began to close under shelter-in-place orders in March, online car seller Vroom saw an initial drop-off in customer demand. However, by mid- to late April, things had begun to change as more consumers began visiting Vroom’s online marketplace and making purchases from the safety of their home. This demand uptick led Vroom…

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