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A Conversation About Growth – Lessons Learned

Jun 15th, 2022 @4:00 pm
Most businesses have concerns around growth – how fast, where to grow, do we have the infrastructure to reach goals. Start-ups are no different. A start up business has a unique set of challenges. Growth and opportunity may come from expansion into a new sales channel, acquisition of talent in a new region or by pivoting on an overall business model. Finding an experienced advisor that can support you is vital. During the conversation with the panel, we will discuss growth, share lessons learned, and provide a framework of ideas on how best to grow your business.

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Speakers

Anders Hill

Account Executive, Fundraising Team StartEngine
Anders Hill is an Account Executive on StartEngine’s Fundraising Team. Anders helps founders and innovative startups navigate the investing world by helping them understand how equity crowdfunding can help them continue growing as a company. He meets dozens of founders every week and constructs a fundraising strategy with them. Prior to the partnerships program at StartEngine, Anders worked at various fast growing tech companies in an enterprise sales capacity.

Igor Bazay

Vice President of Finance Enigma Technologies, Inc.
Igor Bazay is the VP of Finance at Enigma, a post-Series C data startup focused on mobilizing the small business economy through its revenue, risk, and firmographic data on SMBs in the US. He is also the Chief Financial Officer at Prime, a lending-as-a-service platform spin-out of Enigma, automating the full stack of SMB lending. Prior to this, he was at AllianceBernstein focusing on investments in emerging markets internet, consumer, fintech, and real estate. He is a graduate of the Wharton School and a CFA charterholder.

Mike Rhodes

Partner, Technology Practice Leader Citrin Cooperman
Mike Rhodes is an audit and accounting partner and serves as the leader of the firm’s Technology Practice. Mike has over 30 years of experience providing traditional accounting and tax services to privately held companies in a broad range of industries. In his role as the firm’s Technology Practice leader, Mike as a business advisor to emerging, entrepreneurial businesses, assisting them as they expand and mature. His clients look to him for his technical depth, realistic perspective, an entrepreneurial spirit, and overall commitment.  In addition to traditional, core audit services, Mike offers a unique value to his clients through a specialized skill set that has been honed through a blend of public accounting and operational experience, with direct, hands-on experience in the following areas: 
  • CFO advisory services 
  • Business process reengineering  
  • Business expansion and investment 
  • Internal controls advisory services
  • Technical expertise 

Christian Pillat

Christian is the CEO of Transitiv, a tool to help franchises and small business owners understand the health of their business in one simple metric, a FIT Score. Before Transitiv, Christian founded and bootstrapped a number of small businesses ranging from e-commerce stores and marketing technology to home services/retail franchises like carpet cleaning, pool cleaning, and salons. In his free time, Christian enjoys spending time outdoors playing golf, frisbee with his dog, and is a dedicated football (soccer) fan.

A Conversation About Growth – Lessons Learned

Most businesses have concerns around growth – how fast, where to grow, do we have the infrastructure to reach goals. Start-ups are no different. A start up business has a unique set of challenges. Growth and opportunity may come from expansion into a new sales channel, acquisition of talent in a new region or by pivoting on an overall business model. Finding an experienced advisor that can support you is vital. During the conversation with the panel, we will discuss growth, share lessons learned, and provide a framework of ideas on how best to grow your business.

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