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Webinar: Future-Ready Finance: Preparing Today for the Finance Challenges of Tomorrow

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We all know the market is fluid and always changing, challenging teams to constantly react to macro elements. But how do you create guardrails to limit the pendulum from swinging too far one way or the other and prepare for the future, now?

Check out the recording below to hear how Shweta Narayan, CFO at OfferFit, Casey Woo, Co-Founder, Operators Guild; General Partner, FOG Ventures, Danyelle O'Rourke, Sr. Director of Finance at Huntress, and Hanyul Lee, VP of Sales at Vareto, are navigating these challenges and how they're thinking about preparing for future challenges.

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Key takeaways:

Balancing Efficiency and Expansion:

  • The importance of balancing efficiency and organizational expansion is especially crucial in today’s climate where market dynamics are constantly shifting. As markets continue to change, businesses should aim to prepare for and adapt to these shifts without compromising on efficiency and profitability.

The Importance of Patience and Preparation:

  • Patience, preparation, and communication all play a fundamental role in business decision-making. The ideology of staying intentional and mindful before committing to new ventures, roles, or budgets is crucial. In other words, businesses need to place considerable premium on planning and contingency arrangements.

Motivating Business Function Leaders:

  • Most businesses traditionally view financial management as a task for the finance team. However, Shweta emphasized that analytical leaders should lead their functions and take ownership of their metrics. This means that irrespective of the function, leaders must be equipped to make data-driven decisions. This approach amplifies the efficiency and decision-making quality across the organization.

Managing Burn and Runway:

  • Casey Woo underscored the importance of maintaining financial control at all stages of business. He stressed on managing burn and sustaining runway as pivotal to staying afloat. The ultimate financial control tool lies in rationing available resources and efficiently managing business operations according to the current financial status of the business. Emphasizing on business intelligence, Casey pointed out that we exist in an era where AI and data analysis tools provide valuable insight for strategic management and decision-making. Investing in these tools can optimize functionality and productivity.

The Significance of Venture Capital:

  • During the discussion about fundraising and financial management, Shweta Narayan highlighted the notion of “default alive” — managing the business in a way that ensures profitability without requiring external fundraising. She also depicted the importance of venture capital, stating that it’s not the end of the world to raise a "down round" when needed.
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