Graham Smith, Finance Expert in New York, NY, United States
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Graham Smith

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

New York, NY, United States
Toptal Member Since
November 20, 2018

Graham has executed numerous venture capital deals and published equity research for global Fortune 100 corporations while working at leading Wall Street investment banks (Credit Suisse) and startup studios (Bionic). He’s a principal at What If Ventures, a mental health venture fund and co-founder and CFO of an NYC-based restaurant.

Career Highlights

What If Ventures

Education Highlights

Bachelor's Degree
Wheaton College

Certification Highlights

Case Studies

Work Experience


2019 - PRESENT
What If Ventures
  • Sourced and closed three deals (Foresight Mental Health, Mindstrong, and Neuroflow). Involved writing an investment memos, diligencing the business model and go to market strategy, and evaluation of team.
  • Researched and wrote in-depth market research pieces on the mental health startup landscape.

Venture Capitalist

2018 - PRESENT
Figment Capital
  • Built a P&L model for operating on the Tezos blockchain network as a validator node.
  • Created a script to automate Tezos batch payments.
  • Launched our Tezos validator service with key metrics highlighted.
  • Planned and executed our Tezos staking website along with metrics to highlight efficiency.
  • Pitched institutional investors and raised $1 million for Figment Networks and $10 million for Figment Capital.
Focus areas: Transaction Modeling, Cash Flow Modeling, Financial Modeling, Due Diligence, Market Research, Blockchain

Venture Capitalist

2016 - PRESENT
  • Built financial models for late-stage growth startups incubated internally at Citi, J&J, P&G, Nike, Exelon, Mars, and GE.
  • Performed due diligence on external startups for the Bionic Fund with a focus on market sizing and timing analysis.
  • Analyzed industry-wide startup, venture capital, and corporate venture capital trends to inform Bionic’s investment thesis.
  • Provided CFO and financial advisory services to growth companies in our portfolio. The core industry focus was on blockchain and machine learning.
  • Prepared fundraising materials and an illustrative financing model to facilitate the raise for Bionic Capital Partners, a $50 million fund.
Focus areas: Venture Funding, Equity Research, Comparable Company Analysis, Valuation, Fundraising, Three-statement Modeling, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financial Modeling, Due Diligence

Equity Research Analyst

2012 - 2015
Credit Suisse
  • Advised institutional investors on a wide array of valuation assignments across offshore drilling, oil services, and ocean shipping.
  • Constructed detailed revenue build-up and three statement financial forecast models used for sensitivities analysis and valuation.
  • Prepared coverage reports for Hornbeck, Tidewater, Seacor, Tsakos, Seadrill, Transocean, Diamond, Costamare, and Frontline.
  • Developed industry databases used to write industry trend research pieces and build company-specific forecasting models.
  • Performed Monte Carlo simulations on assets managed of ~$1 billion to understand possibilities surrounding investment exposures.
  • Led weekly investment policy meeting with market trends overview, long/short equity ideas, and FX strategy analysis.
Focus areas: Leveraged Buyout Modeling, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), Three-statement Modeling, Transaction Modeling, Valuation Modeling, Revenue Modeling, Financial Modeling, Equity Valuation, Equity Research
2008 - 2012

Bachelor's Degree in Economics

Wheaton College - Wheaton, Illinois


Artificial Intelligence Nanodegree



DCF Valuation, Equity Research, Blockchain, Comparable Company Analysis, Asset Valuation, Valuation Multiples, Valuation, Financial Modeling, Due Diligence, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Fundraising, Venture Funding, Market Research, Cash Flow Modeling, Transaction Modeling, Equity Valuation, Revenue Modeling, Valuation Modeling, Leveraged Buyout Modeling, Equity Research Analysis, Three-statement Modeling, 13-week Cash Flow, Cash Flow Forecasting, Cash Flow, CFO, Capital Budgeting, Capital, Budget Controls, Forecasting, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF)

Output Software

Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel

Industry Expertise

Oil & Gas, Shipping, Real Estate, Transportation & Shipping, Energy, Banking & Finance, Healthcare

Data & Analysis Software


Geographic Expertise

United States


Writing & Editing, Market Research & Analysis, IRR, Cryptocurrency Wallets, Cryptography, Crypto, Cash Flow Analysis, Cash Flow Management, Python, CAPEX, Budget Modeling, DCF Modeling, Discounts to Value, Debt Financing, Equity Investment, Equity, Strategy, Value Proposition, Cryptocurrency, Company Research, Company Analysis, Financing, Financials, Cryptocoin Mining

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