The Backbone: a journey inside finance at a startup
By Shubham Datta
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The Backbone explores the journey inside finance at high-growth technology startups. Our host Shubham Datta interviews finance leaders at various stages of emerging technology companies to find out their story, key financial and operating metrics they track, how they measure them and what their biggest challenges are. Hear directly from finance leaders at tech startups who are in there day in and day out, serving as the backbone of their company. The Backbone is also a great resource for learning how to break into startups with an accounting or finance background with unique insights from guests. For even more details, including show notes and blog posts by finance leaders themselves head over to www.thebackbone.xyz
||CleanEpisode 21: Using Analytics and Predictive Models to Improve Budgeting + the Role of Attribution in Assessing Digital Marketing ROI with Emma Lyndon, CFO at Canopy Labs||On this episode of The Backbone, I chat with Emma about: Her journey into tech with stints at eBay, Kaboose, and Ariad Communications prior to her gig at Canopy Labs; What Canopy Labs is all about; Taking advantage of analytics and predictive models to||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Considerations for CAC and Churn in a Self-Serve Pricing Model with Matt Dove, VP FInance at Celtx||On this episode of The Backbone, I chat with Matt about: His move into tech after stints in PwC Nova Scotia and Australia; What Celtx is all about; The biggest challenge for you moving from a professional services firm to a growing technology company li||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: The Journey of Raising $100M ICO (Initial Coin Offering) as a Venture-Backed Unicorn with Brandon Brunet, Controller at Kik||On this episode of The Backbone, I chat with Brandon about: His move into tech from PwC to joining Kik when it was only 40 employees; What Kik is all about; The process of raising $100M through a Token Distribution Event or Initial Coin Offering (ICO)||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Bootstrapped to $12M Series A & What it Means for the Finance Function with Jennifer Pollock, Director of Finance & Operations at RateHub||On this episode of The Backbone, I chat with Jennifer about: Her move into tech from EY and concurrently managing various brands at Ratehub; What Ratehub is all about; The learnings from raising a $12M Series A round; The biggest change as a finance l||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean Episode 17: The Added Complexities of Hardware Tech Companies & How to Price a New Medical Device with Travis Phung, Director of Finance & Administration at Exact Imaging||On this episode of The Backbone, I chat with Travis about: His unique journey to Exact Imaging from KPMG and how he got started in finance within the technology industry; What Exact Imaging is all about; The challenges of leading finance for a hardware||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean Episode 16: Monetizing a Free Product & Navigating Complexities of the Financial Services Space with Brian Wu, Finance Lead at Borrowell||On this episode of The Backbone, I chat with Brian about: His journey to Borrowell from CIBC and how he got started in finance within the software industry; What Borrowell is all about; Monetizing a free product; Managing the complexities of operating i||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean Episode 15: Serving the Restaurant Industry & Breaking Into Tech in a Finance Capacity with Rob Curcio, Director of Finance at TouchBistro||On this episode of The Backbone, I chat with Rob about: His journey to TouchBistro and how he got started in finance within the software industry; What TouchBistro is all about; Unique opportunities and challenges you face being the finance leader of a||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean Episode 14: Scaling the Finance Function, Fundraising, Making Acquisitions & Operationalizing Metrics with Ryan Magee, CFO at Cority||On this episode of The Backbone, I chat with Ryan about: His journey to Cority and how he got started in finance within the software industry; What Cority (formerly Medgate) is all about; Scaling the finance function as the company grows from 80 emplo||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean Episode 13: Serving the SMB Market at a Publicly Traded Software Company vs a High-Growth Startup with Darren Wood, Director of Finance & Operations at Jobber||On this episode of The Backbone, I chat with Darren about: His journey from Intuit to Jobber and how he got started in finance within the software industry; What Jobber is all about; The differences between his experience of working in finance for a||7/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeading Finance at NPOs to High Growth Tech & Bootstrapping vs Raising Venture Capital with Anthony Scolaro, VP Finance & Operations at Lucova||On this episode of The Backbone, I chat with Anthony about: His involvement with Lucova and how he became the VP Finance & Operations; What Lucova is all about and what it does; The similarities and differences between running finance at a NPO vs a high||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRaising $17M Series A Round & What it Means to be ‘Venture-Backed’ with Frank Jessop, Director of Finance at Sensibill||On this episode of The Backbone, I chat with Frank about: His path to Sensibill; What Sensibill does; What it takes to put together a large $17M Series A round for a FinTech startup; The meaning of being ‘venture-backed’ beyond having money in the b||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVendor Selection Considerations & Viewing the Finance Function from an Engineering Perspective with Gerti Dervishi, VP Finance at Flybits||On this episode of The Backbone, I chat with Gerti about: His path to Flybits after roles in CIBC, IBM and the government; What Flybits does; Staying flexible with vendors and not placing heavy reliance on any particular vendor; Viewing the finance func||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Process of Acquiring Companies as a Startup & Best Practices for Investor Relations with Ryan Levenberg, VP Finance at Q4 Systems Inc.||On this episode of The Backbone, I chat with Ryan about: His journey into tech and startups and from his university startup to PwC and now Q4 Inc.; What Q4 Inc is all about; What it’s like to make 3 acquisitions as a startup having raised $25M; Best p||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRaising VC Funding to Executing an $110M Acquisition + Demystifying the Progressive Roles of the Finance Leader within a Startup with Dwayne Walker, CFO at LookbookHQ||On this episode of The Backbone, Dwayne Walker, CFO at LookbookHQ discusses: His journey into tech and startups and his progression from Controller to CFO; What LookbookHQ does; Raising $50M in venture capital funding and orchestrating a $110M exit to a||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGoing Through an Acquisition of an eCommerce Company & Keeping Both Sides of a Marketplace Happy with Elena Armstrong, Co-Founder & VP Finance at Exact Media||On this episode of The Backbone, Elena Armstrong, Co-Founder & VP Finance at Exact Media discusses: her journey into tech and startups and from public accounting at Ernst & Young; what Exact Media is all about; what it was like to go through an acquisi||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Finance to Founding an IoT Startup & Bootstrapping vs. Raising Venture Capital with Sacha Sawaya, Co-Founder and CFO at Litmus Automation||On this episode of The Backbone, Sacha Sawaya, Co-Founder and CFO at Litmus Automation discusses: His journey into tech and co-founding Litmus, after roles in investment banking, asset management and finance; What Litmus Automation does; The challenges||3/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDifference Between Being an Advisor vs Finance Leader for Tech Startups & When to Raise Capital with Eugene Bomba, CFO & VP Operations at ThoughtWire||On this episode of The Backbone, Eugene Bomba, CFO and VP Operations at ThoughtWire discusses: How he got started in the tech scene and his involvement in the startup ecosystem for a long time both as an operator and and advisor; What ThoughtWire is doe||3/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTransitioning from Professional Services to Finance Leader of Pre-Revenue Tech Startup with Chris Parkes, CFO at NuraLogix||On this episode of The Backbone, Chris Parkes (CFO at NuraLogix) discusses: His journey into tech and becoming CFO at NuraLogix from his role at PwC’s Emerging Company Services group; What NuraLogix does; Why a pre-revenue company requires a finance l||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Finance & Operations go Together & Dealing with the Highly Regulated Financial Services Industry with Leen Li, Head of Finance at Wealthsimple||On this episode of The Backbone, Leen Li (Head of Finance at Wealthsimple) discusses: Her journey into tech, after stints starting with Eloqua, Influitive and now leading finance at Wealthsimple ; What Wealthsimple does; The challenges she faces operat||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Finance Scales Growing from 25 to 200+ Employees & Transfer Pricing with Les Cullen, Director of Finance & Operations at TopHat||On this episode of The Backbone, Les Cullen (Director of Finance & Operations at TopHat) discusses: His journey to TopHat and his move to Toronto from Waterloo; What Tophat does; How a company’s finance function has to scale as it grows from 25 employ||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanManaging Churn & Being Private Equity Backed with Daniel Israelsohn, VP Finance & Operations at Firmex||Daniel Israelsohn, VP Finance & Operations at Firmex shares his story from his days at PwC into the world tech startups. He discusses the importance of churn in a SaaS based businesses and what it means be backed by one of Canada's leading private equit||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing the Backbone: a journey inside finance at a startup||The Backbone is launching soon! Each episode will feature a finance leader (Director/VP, Finance or CFO) that: shares their story of how they entered the world of startups, explains what their company does; describes unique challenges he/she faces in th||2/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Smooth, easy to digest and exciting content
Shubham doesn't fail to impress! I'm looking forward to hearing from more experts that Shubham brings onto his podcast. His thoughtful questions and content is what make the podcast so entertaining and actually useful!
Keep em coming!
Shubham knows his stuff
Shubham really knows what he's talking about and is great at getting interesting answers out of his guests. The interviews are really insightful and I'm glad to see someone really give the finance function the respect it deserves. Keep up the amazing work!
Psyched for this one!
Awesome to see a podcast focused on startup finance, an underappreciated part of growing a business. Why should sales and marketing get all the glory? Looking forward to future episodes!
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