Picking a startup CFO

To be filed under “Fred Wilson’s Words of Wisdom“…

Look for someone who is a roll up your sleeves person who likes to engage with the other parts of the business. Look for someone who has been in a startup with growing pains before. Look for someone who can work nights and weekends. And be willing to pay them well. Because they’ll save you way more than they’ll cost you if they are good.

Quite possibly one of the most overlooked parts of building the C-level team (especially in tech, where CEOs and CTOs rule). And, that last sentence is one that most people can’t quite ever get their heads around.

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