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James Park

James Park

Vancouver, BC, Canada
Member since February 21, 2017
As an investment banker and startup consultant, James has helped early-stage technology companies access over $50 million in funding from investors and governments through equity, debt, and grants. He joined Toptal to help early-stage companies with growth strategies and capital raising. James is also an entrepreneur, with experience in building a technology incubator as well as startups in digital media and health product spaces.
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Career Highlights
Education
Case studies
  • Investor Memorandum
  • Startup Pitch Deck
  • Investor Reporting
Industry Expertise
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Technology
Other Expertise
  • Canada
  • Financial Modeling
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Metals & Mining
  • South Korea
  • Startup Growth Strategy Development
Employment
  • Advisor, Corporate Development
    2018 - PRESENT
    True Leaf Medicine International
    • Developed a three-statement financial model including three major business lines and a manufacturing facility.
    • Revised the pitch books and conducted market research on medical and recreational cannabis industries, pet industries, and wellness industries.
    • Conducted research about potential non-dilutive funding opportunities for the firm, including but not limited to government grants and tax credits.
    Focus areas: Fundraising, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Market Research, Valuation, Pitch Deck Financials
  • CEO | Co-founder
    2016 - PRESENT
    Revive Kit
    • Developed a natural supplement product to combat symptoms of hangovers and oversaw product development, production, and Health Canada approval.
    • Strategically accumulated and deployed resources to go from product research to fully-licensed, ready-to-sell product with only $30,000 spent throughout the entire process.
    • Secured a letter of intent to acquire the company, within a year of founding, in an all-stock offer.
    • Screened product-based companies that cater to millennials and led discussions to acquire them.
    Focus areas: Startup Funding, Finance Strategy, Capital Markets, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Go-To-Market Strategy, Product Design
  • Director
    2014 - PRESENT
    Exalto Advisory
    • Built a client base of more than 200 clients for grant advisory and capital raising.
    • Created investor-facing business plans for clients in various industries ranging from beauty and personal care, agriculture, advertising, and exporting consumer goods.
    • Helped a client in the food delivery sector raise $1.2 million in government and venture funding through building financial models and investment pitch decks.
    • Reorganized the personnel and introduce employee evaluation for an eCommerce company with $20 million in sales—reducing their HR costs by 15%.
    • Helped a healthcare startup to build their financial model, pitchbook, and business plan; reached out to investors on their behalf and managed their data room.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Grant Writing, Budgeting, Financial Data Analysis, Business Plan Development, Comparable Company Analysis, Capital Raising, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), Entrepreneurial Finance
  • CEO
    2014 - 2017
    Tabulit Media Corporation
    • Developed a financial model that detailed Tabulit's expansion plans and burn rate—presenting them to potential investors.
    • Successfully led Tabulit to one of Canada's leading accelerators, Wavefront, through a series of presentations—this enabled us to build our MVP.
    • Bootstrapped Tabulit through different revenue strategies (pay-per-view, subscription, and more) to arrive at the present version, which can be found at TabulitComics.com.
    • Managed the communication between tech and management by organizing regular meetings and bridging the communications gap.
    • Built pitches to be delivered to two major investor groups in Canada and ten venture capital firms.
    Focus areas: Fundraising, Revenue & Expense Projections, Venture Funding, Budgeting
  • Vice President of Finance
    2016 - 2016
    Viralyze
    • Developed a comprehensive financial model for an influencer marketing startup, valuing the company at $8 million.
    • Helped raise $2 million in a super-seed round from a prominent Vancouver-based real estate magnate by building financial models and pitch decks.
    • Managed investor relations and regular quarterly reporting for investors, including revenue and operational metrics development.
    • Delivered marketing pitches for strategic partnerships to some of the most prominent players in social media and influencer marketing (combined 150 million followers on Twitter and Instagram).
    • Conducted pro-forma and M&A analysis for acquiring/merging with other social media marketing firms and influencer marketing firms.
    Focus areas: Financial Modeling, Venture Funding, Revenue Management, Entrepreneurial Finance, Working Capital Management, Revenue & Expense Projections, Angel/Seed Funding
  • Associate
    2014 - 2015
    Orbis Investments
    • Worked in a team of three in covering investor relations and mutual fund operations covering investment inflows and outflows into a $70 billion AUM fund.
    • Streamlined various operational workflows such as team reporting, fund calculations, and fund flow management by introducing new procedures and guidelines, which was implemented by the team.
    • Built internal-use financial spreadsheets to ease the workflow on CRM, which helped to reduce the time taken for the monthly fund accounting process by 10%.
    Focus areas: Fund Analysis
  • M&A Analyst
    2011 - 2014
    RCI Capital Group
    • Built an industry landscape for various different metals and mining projects in the Americas, used by Korean metals traders and conglomerates to scan for mining deals.
    • Conducted valuations of multiple mining companies and managed communications with key stakeholders in Korea and Canada.
    • Implemented market research on sustainable technologies focusing on startups in Vancouver in partnership with Sustainable Development Technologies Canada (SDTC), a government entity investing and supporting startups in the sustainable technology industry.
    • Advised a major Korean government power producer to invest in Canadian natural resources, which led its senior management to consider investment in one of the largest coal terminals in Canada.
    • Developed teasers and managed communication with Korean investors, providing bilingual Korean-English pitch decks.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Valuation, Valuation Modeling, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financial Modeling, Market Research, Valuation Multiples
Education
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting
    2008 - 2012
    University of British Columbia - Vancouver, BC, Canada
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