For the Love of Finance

by Vertice

For the Love of Finance. The series where we decode insights from finance leaders and turn them into practical lessons for your career. Join Chris Ortega (Founder of Fresh FP&A, fractional CFO) as he speaks to CFOs and procurement leads about strategies for thriving in finance. From effective scaling to embracing technology, hear unique perspectives on the ever-evolving role of finance leaders and the journey to the cove ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • #7: Finance Growth Hacks | Finance strategies for start-ups and scale-ups with Tanja Fischer (Head of Finance, Lindus Health)

    #7: Finance Growth Hacks | Finance strategies for start-ups and scale-ups with Tanja Fischer (Head of Finance, Lindus Health)

    In this episode, we’re diving into practical insights on financial strategies to implement to set you up for scaling and characteristics of effective finance functions. Learn how to improve collaboration between finance and the rest of the business and how to overcome common finance challenges faced by start-ups and scale-ups. Our guest is Tanja Fischer, Head of Finance at Lindus Health. Lindus Health is a UK biotech start-up, with funding coming from Spotify-backer Creandum and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. They were featured on Sifted’s B2B SaaS Rising 100 list for 2024 (alongside Vertice!) and are scaling up rapidly to revolutionize the way clinical trials are conducted. Tanja joined at Tessian (now acquired by Proofpoint) in 2018 as an Operations Associate, where she worked across different functions of the business, and was encouraged to sit her CIMA exams by the CFO. She later joined mental health start-up Spill and rose to Finance Lead. Now, she is Head of Finance at Lindus Health, building a finance function from the ground-up and supporting through fundraising and rapid scaling. Listen for practical insights and financial strategies for supporting rapid company growth.

  • #6: Inside Start-Up Finance | Unveiling success strategies with Laurent Saurel, CFO (ex-Smule, Ubisoft)

    #6: Inside Start-Up Finance | Unveiling success strategies with Laurent Saurel, CFO (ex-Smule, Ubisoft)

    In this episode, we’re exploring the exciting and ever-changing world of start-up finance with Laurent Saurel. As a former finance leader at Smule, Laurent secured $33M in funding, tripled user revenue, tightened sales forecasting, boosted retention 80%, and led key financial & legal functions. Laurent also spent 7 years at Ubisoft where he managed budget planning across Mobile, Facebook, Online & B2B with a team of Financial Analysts. Today, he works with various high-growth tech companies in Silicon Valley. Listen to the episode to learn: • Practical strategies to enhance financial operations and drive scalability •Insights on how finance can support early-stage growth and help find product-market fit •Tips for improving collaboration across the business from day 1 • How finance teams can use technology to scale • How to get maximum ROI out of your SaaS and cloud spend

  • #5: Scaling Success | Financial strategies and team collaboration for scale-ups with Manisha Chana, Fractional CFO

    #5: Scaling Success | Financial strategies and team collaboration for scale-ups with Manisha Chana, Fractional CFO

    In this episode, we delve into financial strategies and team collaboration for scale-ups and high-growth companies. Manisha Chana, fractional CFO to high-growth companies (Lyst, MyTutor, Encore Musicians), is talking all about: Her journey to CFO & how the world of finance has evolved Effective financial strategies for rapid growth How to improve collaboration between finance & other departments to help you scale Using AI as a CFO and the issue of rising SaaS & cloud costs A must-listen for any finance leader focused on growth and scaling success.

  • #4: High-Growth Finance | Scaling tips, team building, and tech tools for success with Julie Oey (VP FP&A at Gelato, ex-Runa, Monzo)

    #4: High-Growth Finance | Scaling tips, team building, and tech tools for success with Julie Oey (VP FP&A at Gelato, ex-Runa, Monzo)

    In this episode, we delve into financial strategy, operational excellence, and creating high-performing finance teams from scratch. Our guest in this episode is Julie Oey. Julie is the new VP of FP&A at Gelato. Her former roles include Director of FP&A at PENSCO Trust Company (a subsidiary of Opus Bank), Head of FP&A at Monzo where she built a finance team from scratch, and more recently, VP of Finance at Runa. Learn tactics for optimizing financial operations to sustain growth and profitability while staying agile. Hear about the technology tools you can use to enhance decision-making. Gain insights on developing and executing financial strategies for high-growth companies.

  • #3: Cost-Conscious Culture | The CFO’s guide to scaling smart with Erik Nakamura (CFO, Orange Comet)

    #3: Cost-Conscious Culture | The CFO’s guide to scaling smart with Erik Nakamura (CFO, Orange Comet)

    In this episode, we're joined by Erik Nakamura, CFO of Orange Comet, for a conversation full of insights on fostering a cost-conscious culture and strategic scalability within organizations. Erik discusses his journey into finance and the evolving role of modern CFOs in the digital age, highlighting the effective use of AI and common technology pitfalls to avoid. Erik is an experienced finance leader with 23+ years in finance, HR, legal, IT & facilities. He is known for his coaching and mentoring approach to building high-performing teams across diverse industries. Hear Erik's views on building better collaboration across business functions and the importance of trust, respect, and prioritizing people over profit in leadership. Gain actionable advice on scaling smart while maintaining fiscal responsibility, tailored for CFOs and financial leaders aiming to drive growth and efficiency in their organizations.