The CFO'S Perspective

Gary Christianson

Gary Christianson

Gary is a senior executive with over 25 years’ accounting and finance experience with an emphasis on early-stage and venture-backed high growth technology start-ups. He has extensive experience as a member of management teams, collaborating with Board members and working directly with CEOs.

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So, You Want to Be a Fractional CFO...?

A new breed of finance professionals is emerging, known as fractional CFOs."

In the ever-evolving world of finance and business, the role of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) has undergone significant changes. Gone are the days when CFOs were primarily responsible for managing a company's finances in a traditional 9-to-5 role. Today, a new breed of finance professionals is emerging, known as fractional CFOs. These individuals are redefining the traditional CFO role by offering their expertise on a part-time or project basis to multiple companies. If you're considering a career as a fractional CFO, this article will provide insights into the role, the benefits, and what it takes to succeed in this dynamic field.

What Is a Fractional CFO?

A fractional CFO, also known as an interim CFO or part-time CFO, is a financial expert who works with multiple organizations on a contract or project basis. Rather than being a full-time employee of a single company, a fractional CFO offers their financial expertise to multiple clients. This arrangement allows businesses to access high-level financial management and strategic guidance without the cost and commitment of a full-time executive.

Topics: CFO CFO Responsibilities Interim CFO

Startup Fundraising - SAFEs vs. Convertible Notes

Raising capital for startups can be challenging. Every startup founder is sure their company will be the next unicorn. But lenders are understandably skeptical. After all, statistics prove that more than two-thirds of startups never deliver a positive return to investors. 

Assuming you have the right combination of “horses” (opportunities) and “jockeys” (business leaders), all you need is funding to move your venture in the right direction and race past the competition. 

Analogies aside, you need some cash for your early-stage startup. So, what are your options? Many of today’s business founders are choosing between SAFEs and Convertible Notes until they can grow the business enough to warrant a priced round. Here is what you need to know about these two startup fundraising options, including their main features and differences.