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Understanding Equity Fundraising for Start-ups founders fundraise start-ups & fast growth businesses Jul 11, 2024

Equity fundraising is a key part of growing a start-ups.  It's how start-ups and scale-ups raise capital by selling shares of the company.

This method is particularly popular among fast-growth...

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Why Finance Leaders Should Ask Founders to Invest in Their Education finance career hr Jul 05, 2024

Are you a Finance manager or Finance leader in a start-up or scale-up, wanting to take a course like Financial Leadership Fundamentals but unsure how to ask your founder to fund it?

This can be...

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An overview of Xero Accounting Software management accounts reporting start-ups & fast growth businesses tech Jun 27, 2024

Within the Financial leadership Fundamentals Program, I'm often asked about Xero and how to use it.  

Generally, I'm asked by accountants who have moved sideways from either Audit /...

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How Finance Leaders Help Founders Create Effective Pitch Decks finance leadership founders fundraise start-ups & fast growth businesses strategy Jun 20, 2024

Creating a compelling pitch deck for a start-up is critical for obtaining capital investment.

As a finance leader, your role extends beyond crunching numbers; and you can contribute to creating a...

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Cross-Departmental Teamwork: 5 Key Leadership Tips finance leadership hr relationships Jun 13, 2024

When a start-up is in it's infancy, collaborating between departments is quite easy - as generally the departments are just one person and there is almost a friends & family like culture.

When...

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Data Science, Data Strategy and the emergence of a CVO start-ups & fast growth businesses strategy tech time management Jun 06, 2024

This week, I was on a panel for a TalentEdge CFO Leadership Event here in London and the topic was, "From CFO to CVO: Creating Value With Data, Technology & Talent".  On the...

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Dealing with Underperforming Staff in Your Finance Team finance leadership hr May 30, 2024

As a leader of a finance team, dealing with underperforming staff can be one of the most challenging parts of your role. 

It's also the most time-consuming, especially if done right and for...

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Navigating Change Management: A Guide for Aspiring CFOs finance leadership relationships strategy May 24, 2024

Change is an inevitable part of any business, especially in the fast-paced world of start-ups and scale-ups. As an aspiring CFO, understanding and having the skills to implement a change...

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Strong Leaders Always Lead with Problem-Solving Value finance leadership strategy May 16, 2024

Developing your leadership skills within a start-up or scale-up not only has to do with helping making strategic decisions, but it's also about problem solving.

As an aspiring or new CFO, honing in...

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Risk Management: A CFO's Guide to Steering Startups and Scale-ups Safely finance leadership risks start-ups & fast growth businesses May 10, 2024

Risk management stands as a key strategic oversight, essential for safeguarding the company's future, even with start-ups and scale-ups, and this can't be ignored.

The role of the Chief Financial...

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Leadership skills and upgrading your Finance Function finance leadership reporting time management May 03, 2024

Are you running your finance function like a small town, local business or like a professional corporation?

Are you spending all your precious time just getting through your task list? Or are you...

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Atom CTO Podcast: Why you should hire a Fractional CFO podcasts Apr 25, 2024

Really pleased to release another Podcast Episode, with this one having a focus on a Fractional CFO and how it fits in to a Finance Function. In this episode, I talk to Bhairav Patel from Atom CTO...

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