Erik Stettler, Finance Expert in New York, NY, United States
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Erik Stettler

Verified Expert  in Finance

Management Consulting Expert

New York, NY, United States
Toptal Member Since
November 21, 2017

A data scientist and Harvard MBA with distinction, Erik co-founded a global venture capital fund and has invested in 50 startups that have raised over $500 million, realizing six exits. He previously led analyses for cases including restructurings of $3 billion in global operations and M&A deals worth over $10 billion. Erik's work has been noted in Forbes, CNBC, and HBR. He speaks four languages and serves as Toptal's Chief Economist, leading analyses on the talent economy and future of work.

Career Highlights

Founding Partner
Firstrock Capital
Financial Analyst | Project Leader
NERA Economic Consulting

Education Highlights

Bachelor's Degree
Pomona College

Case Studies

Work Experience

Founding Partner

2013 - PRESENT
Firstrock Capital
  • Funded 50 global tech companies that have raised a capital of over $500 million. Realized six exits.
  • Invested early in Clipboard Health, raised 93M at 1.3B valuation; Pachama, raised 93M; Authy, exit; Bluesmart, raised 25.6M; Streem, exit; Meural, raised 9.3M, exit; Snappr, raised 13M; Trueface, raised 5M, exit; and Stabilitas, raised 5M, exit.
  • Worked with portfolio companies in all elements of the product, business development and growth, fundraising, and financial strategy.
  • Built a statistical platform for portfolio companies to analyze growth trends across user cohorts, client actions most associated with long-term engagement, the impact of product updates on growth and engagement, and funding needs.
  • Closed a global group of limited partners (LPs) and worked with several of them to strengthen the data and financial strategies of their own multinational financial and industrial companies.
Focus areas: Fundraising, Capital Raising, Business Planning, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financial Modeling, Investment Thesis, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Fintech

Financial Analyst | Project Leader

2005 - 2011
NERA Economic Consulting
  • Conducted statistical and financial analyses and led project teams directly under the chairman of the global securities practice to help US and European clients including financial institutions and consumer product and technology companies with challenges including M&A transactions worth over $10 billion and restructuring of over $3 billion in global subsidiaries.
  • Conducted analyses in derivatives modeling, econometrics, valuation, and client population evolution.
  • Led senior business development strategy sessions and firm-wide R&D projects on the implications of market events such as the subprime collapse, reporting to the firm's clients.
  • Created expert reports and presentations to communicate results of analyses to clients' senior management, attorneys, and the courts if the case occurred in the context of legal actions.
Focus areas: Valuation, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

Financial Analyst

2000 - 2002
  • Analyzed pricing and risk parameters for options and convertible bonds alongside fund portfolio managers.
  • Modeled macro-arbitrage opportunities, high-frequency volatility, derivatives payoff, and restructuring.
Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Risk Models, Derivative Pricing
2011 - 2013

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree in General Management

Harvard University - Boston, MA, USA

2000 - 2003

Bachelor's Degree in Economics

Pomona College - Claremont, CA, USA


Capital Raising, Valuation, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Seed Fundraising, Crowdfunding, Fundraising, M&A (Buy-side), Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Investment Thesis, Financial Modeling, Derivative Pricing, Risk Models

Industry Expertise

Financial Markets, Venture Capital, Banking & Finance

Geographic Expertise

United States, Latin America (LATAM)

Output Software

Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote, Microsoft Excel


Real Options Reasoning, Business Models, Risk Modeling, Data Science, Statistics, Emerging Markets, STATA, Early-stage Venture Capital, Fintech, Excel VBA, Derivatives, Business Planning, Growth Strategy, Startups, Google Drive, Microsoft 365, Python

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