Ed Carse, Finance Expert in South Barrington, IL, United States
Ed Carse

Finance Expert in South Barrington, IL, United States

Member since July 25, 2019
Ed is an experienced entrepreneur, growth-company CFO, and investment banker with a background in many industries, including technology, media, finance, and business services. He has launched several companies, raised over $50 million in growth capital, and helped a company expand internationally and scale 5x in three years. Ed enjoys helping fix business, operating, and financial challenges that prevent clients from reaching their potential.
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Career Highlights

Education

Expertise

Employment

  • Founder, CEO

    2013 - PRESENT
    EquiX, LLC.
    • Co-founded a start-up company to improve insurance companies' claims process for damaged commercial equipment and furnishings (known as "contents"). US insurance companies pay $8-$10 billion/yr in business contents claims based on antiquated, inefficient processes that result in billions of dollars of over-payments every year.
    • Increased average adjuster productivity by 50%, with claims cycle time reductions averaging 70%.
    • Saved insurance carrier clients an average of 25% in claims indemnities (payments to customers), while maintaining high customer satisfaction grades.
    • Led the creation of an innovative SaaS (software-as-a-service) application from concept to working product.
    • Directed product design and eight-person development team in the US and India.
    • Oversaw all financial, legal and operational functions for the company, including FP&A, budget, tax, capital funding, planning and contract negotiations.
    Focus areas: General Management, Controllership, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Budgeting, Financial Modeling, New Product Development, Contract Negotiation, Pricing Strategy, Business Strategy, Sales, Technical Recruiting, Board Development, Industry Analysis, Financial Reporting
  • Founder, Managing Director

    2007 - 2012
    Devana Partners, LLC.
    • Founded a search fund targeting an acquisition of up to $25 million in enterprise value. The goal was to acquire a stable company using investor capital, and after a transition period, replace the existing manager as CEO.
    • Raised operating and acquisition capital commitments from institutional and private investors, including venture funds, private equity funds, and high-net-worth family offices.
    • Recruited, trained and led 3-person investment team for rapid strategic, financial and legal due diligence.
    • Focused on opportunities in B2B (business-to-business) services, software & technology, media, education, medical services, and BPO (business process outsourcing).
    • Developed a deal-tracking and deal-flow system engaging >2,000 potential sources on a continuous basis.
    • Managed all corporate reporting to LPs, including FP&A, budget, tax, capital funding, planning and contract negotiations.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Valuation, Deal Structuring, Legal Analysis, Mentorship & Coaching, Capital Raising, Operations Strategy, Board Presentations, BOARD Reporting, Financial Modeling, Business Strategy, Industry Analysis, Deal Execution, Private Equity, M&A Pipeline Management, M&A (Buy-side), M&A Modeling
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

    2004 - 2006
    ServiceSource International, LLC.
    • Standardized, professionalized and automated financial, legal and organizational processes. I was brought in to fix a variety of growth-company maladies.
    • Maintained margins and free cash flow with 5x revenue growth in three years (to $50 million).
    • Oversaw 100% annual employee growth (to >500) from domestic and international expansions via branch offices.
    • Sourced, negotiated and closed over $50 million in debt refinancing and equity growth capital with venture firms, hedge funds and commercial banks.
    • Hired and developed a high-performance staff of eight FTEs across the company, including international operations.
    • Developed processes and billing systems to improve collections and cash flow management.
    • Overhauled FP&A and financial reporting to reduce cycle times, while increasing accuracy.
    • Implemented the company's first formal budget process.
    • Developed the first key performance indicator (KPI) dashboard for Board and CEO use.
    • Led the purchase and implementation of company-wide business intelligence and accounting software packages to improve operational productivity.
    • Re-wrote all company-standard legal documents and contracts to reduce customer confusion. Centralized all major company negotiations through the CFO's office to improve terms, control variability and avoid "surprises".
    Focus areas: General Management, Growth Capital Raising, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Budgeting, Financial Modeling, Leadership, Company Strategy, Team Building, Contract Negotiation, Pricing Strategy, Board Presentations, 409A Valuation, Project Planning, Financial System Implementation, Team Development, Mentorship & Coaching, Industry Analysis, Deal Execution, Foreign Currency, Financial Reporting, Financial Reporting Dashboards, Senior Executive Recruiting, Culture Development
  • Founder, CFO

    1998 - 2003
    Bigfoot Media
    • Co-founded a venture-backed start-up company focused on launching and acquiring local media properties in mid-sized cities.
    • Conceived and wrote the business plan for an innovative multi-location media company using a technology-centered operating model to improve productivity and lower costs.
    • Raised $5 million in seed and venture capital from institutional investors and private family offices in several rounds.
    • Launched two media properties utilizing both printed and online editions.
    • Hired, developed and oversaw a staff of 60 employees/contractors across all locations.
    • Responsible for all company financial, legal and expansion operations, including FP&A, budget, tax, capital funding, planning and contract negotiations.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Capital Raising, Business Planning, Modeling, Team Leadership, Team & Development Management, Sales, Entrepreneurship, New Market Entry, Fundraising, Board of Directors, Board Presentations, Financial Reporting, Recruiting, Controllership, Mentorship & Coaching, Culture Development, Venture Capital, Seed Fundraising
  • Corporate Finance Associate

    1992 - 1996
    Bear, Stearns & Co.
    • Focused on private equity/financial sponsor clients, including M&A, high-yield leveraged finance, and bankruptcy transactions.
    • Experienced in structured high-yield fixed income, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy advisory, equity offerings, financial derivatives, and fairness opinions. Industry experience included cable television wireless, telecommunications, satellites, paper and forest products, publishing and broadcast media, gaming, and automotive suppliers.
    • Designed and ran the firm's training program for incoming post-college and post-MBA hires (>100/yr), focused on valuation and financial modeling.
    • Authored the firm's handbook on standard valuation techniques.
    • Promoted from analyst to associate after 2 years.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Debt Financing, Bankruptcy & Insolvency, Deal Execution, Contract Negotiation, Legal Analysis, Financial Modeling, Valuation, Bank Covenants, Equity Financing, Debt Raise, Industry Analysis, Business Strategy, Board Presentations, Private Equity, Fairness Opinion Reports, Recruiting, Mentorship & Coaching, Financial Training

Education

  • Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA)
    1996 - 1998
    Stanford University - Stanford, CA, USA
  • Bachelor's degree in Finance
    1988 - 1992
    University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA, USA

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