20-Minute Tales from the Frontlines of Finance.

Accelerating your monthly close with automation.

September, 2020

Dmitri Litin, Controller at Aspire IQ, provides his insights on how to streamline the close process so that finance teams free up their valuable time from manual tasks to focus on more value-added analytical work.

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About this talk.

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Finance leader Dmitri will share his secrets on building efficient accounting operations. He will draw on the various challenges he's faced when scaling companies, in particular, how fast-growing headcount can create friction, and what they’ve done to overcome blockers to achieve an efficient accounting process.

He will also share the evaluation criteria that he use to assess various software solutions to ensure the correct fit and identify any hidden costs. With a focus on creating processes and securing tools to speed up the time-to-close, he will share insights on automation strategies, ways to get greater visibility and control over cross-functional teams, and how to rethink the idea of a monthly close.

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Three tips and tricks.

  • Accounting automation strategies for speed and accuracy.
  • Approval workflow automation for visibility, control, and audit trail.
  • The requirements and benefits of a continuous close.

Speakers.

Dmitri Litin

Dmitri Litin is the Controller for AspireIQ, a community intelligence marketing platform. He has led finance teams for over 10 years including companies like Amour Vert, Trumaker, Square and others. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, is currently completing his MBA, and is fluent in Russian.

The value of strategic finance at your fast-growing company.

September, 2020

Amer Ali, Head of Strategic Finance & BizOps at Netlify,  a Series C company that pioneered the Jamstack category. Recently, Amer was named one of Floodgate Fund’s Anchor List top strategic finance professionals.

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How to streamline the 4 operational areas of a fast growing company.

October, 2020

Meir Rotenberg is a highly experienced finance and operations executive with a deep focus on SaaS companies and especially leading startups to success. He is currently leading Revenue Operations and Financial Operations for Spiff.

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How remote work has impacted expense reimbursement policies.

October, 2020

Daryl Allen is the Director of Finance for Gremlin, an enterprise scaled Chaos Engineering platform. He has led the finance function since the company's formation and carried responsibilities over human resources and operations.

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Capacity planning for 2021.

December, 2020

It’s planning season and businesses everywhere are preparing 2021 budgets. In this session, Drew Schulz shares his novel, data-driven “capacity planning” model for creating budgets.

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Building scalable solutions for effective finance operations.

February, 2021

Join Teddy Collins, Sr. Director of Corporate Finance & IR at SeatGeek, in this conversation on how to set up your finance operations with scalable solutions. 

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How / When to migrate to a more efficient ERP.

March, 2021

There are many reasons why companies decide they need to switch their accounting software to a more comprehensive ERP solution. Whatever the reason, this big step involves many stakeholders and requires detailed planning.

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Setting up for success: How to establish finance and operations to support your company’s growth.

April, 2021

In this session, early stage start-up consultant Lisa Slater will share tips on how to establish efficient systems, processes, and operations. Startups are better served when founders are free to focus on product-market fit and go-to-market strategies rather than operational issues and back-office concerns. An efficient setup supports the growth that all startups seek. Getting it right provides the tools needed to make good business decisions, and sets companies up to take advantage of opportunities.

Lisa’s tale will focus on how to identify, corral and organize the deluge of data following seed financing when startups are in hyper growth mode.

Lisa began her career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. After working in corporate finance for many years, she founded Three Butterflies Consulting. Her passion is to free up founders’ time by taking care of finance and operations, so they can focus on growth and innovation.

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Procure-to-pay process: Vendor evaluation.

May, 2021

Gil Adler is the Corporate Controller at BLADE, a technology-powered global urban air mobility platform, committed to reducing travel friction, by enabling cost-effective air transportation alternatives to some of the most congested routes in the US and abroad. Blade is in the process of going public via a SPAC with Experience Investment Corp. Join us as he shares his tales about the procure-to-pay process especially for companies growing from early stage to middle market. When the finance team is charged with handling RFPs for all departments, it needs to build an end-user mindset and a process that evaluates beyond price. Gil will discuss how he has found ways to shore up product knowledge and assess vendors without relying solely on Gartner or other third-party rating sites. He will share tips and tricks on the right questions to ask, and how to work cross-functionally in an organization when a product will be relied on by several departments. Our fun and informative 20 minute conversation will be followed by 10 minutes of your questions.

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High-impact finance teams.

June, 2021

Pedro Barros, VP Finance from Remote, has a strong POV on the importance of high-impact finance teams. He’ll join us for our 20 Minute Tales From the Frontlines of Finance to share how finance teams can position themselves as key drivers for the success of fast-growing businesses. He’ll illustrate what he means by sharing two different tales.

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Sales tax on SaaS products: New rules – new remote practices — new exposure.

August, 2021

In this session, we'll look at how changes to the regulatory environment, and the expansion of remote work, have impacted sales tax requirements.

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How Airbase raised $60M in 10 days.

Thu, Oct 14 • 2:30pm ET / 11:30am PT

How Airbase Founder and CEO, Thejo Kote, made his case to investors and closed a $60M Series B round in 10 days.

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Other 20-Minute Tales from the Frontlines of Finance.

The value of strategic finance at your fast-growing company.

September, 2020
Finance

Amer Ali, Head of Strategic Finance & BizOps at Netlify,  a Series C company that pioneered the Jamstack category. Recently, Amer was named one of Floodgate Fund’s Anchor List top strategic finance professionals.

How to streamline the 4 operational areas of a fast growing company.

October, 2020
Growth

Meir Rotenberg is a highly experienced finance and operations executive with a deep focus on SaaS companies and especially leading startups to success. He is currently leading Revenue Operations and Financial Operations for Spiff.

All 20-Minute Tales from the Frontlines of Finance.