In this episode, our host Joe Michalowski speaks with Jervis Williams, the CFO of Second Front Systems. Jervis shares his experiences and lessons learned from his journey as a finance professional, particularly during his first 90 days as Second Front's new CFO. He highlights the importance of establishing a solid finance team early on and engaging with stakeholders, including the board, to ensure a smooth onboarding process.
Jervis also discusses the benefits of hiring finance professionals early in a startup's lifecycle. He emphasizes the significance of financial discipline and good hygiene within the organization, along with the external benefits of having a dedicated finance person to build confidence with investors and the board. By sharing his own career path, Jervis sheds light on the value of fluidity and adaptability in the world of finance.
Lastly, Jervis extends an invitation for fellow finance professionals to connect with him on LinkedIn and offers his insights as a personal advisor. He encourages building a strong network, seeking best practices, and obtaining second and third opinions to enhance one's career in finance. This episode is packed with valuable advice for both aspiring and seasoned finance professionals.
Guest at a Glance
💡 Name: Jervis Williams
💡 Title: CFO
💡 Company: Second Front Systems
💡 Where to find them: LinkedIn