Earlier this month, more than 85 CFOs and heads of finance gathered for the Battery Ventures CFO Summit in San Francisco.
These finance leaders—and more than a dozen high-profile speakers—spent an afternoon sharing insights about scaling the finance function at high-growth technology companies. Topics included the role of the CFO vis-à-vis a company’s CEO and advice for interacting with the board; key drivers of value for software-as-a-service (SaaS) businesses; implementing the new 606 revenue recognition standard; best practices for international expansion and acquisition integration; improving financial processes; debt financings; and preparing for an exit.
Speakers included Alan Black, the former CFO of Zendesk; Julie Bradley, the former CFO of TripAdvisor; Marc Cadieux, the chief credit officer at Silicon Valley Bank; Steve Collins, the former CFO of ExactTarget*; Stacy Down, a partner at RSM; Peter Fair, managing director of Golub Capital; Ken Goldman, the CFO at Yahoo!; Jennifer Harris, Q2*’s CFO; John Leonard, senior managing director at Wells Fargo; James McNicholas, the CFO of Cumulus Networks*; Junaid Mohiuddin, a startup advisor at McKinsey & Co.; Paul Parrish the former CFO of Brightree*; Steffan Tomlinson, the CFO at Palo Alto Networks; Dede Wakefield, CEO of Alogent*; and Peter Weed, the global co-head of McKinsey & Co.’s Fast Growth Technology Practice.
Below are snapshots from the event.
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