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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 tech companies raise $50+ million in funding through equity, debt, and grants. Notably, James has experience advising the management teams in the cannabis, retail tech, and entertainment sectors. James joined Toptal to help companies in the consumer goods space grow through strategic viral marketing initiatives coupled with timely fundraising and go-to-market strategies.
James is now available for hire
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 grow 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.
    • Created presentations for the board of directors, summarizing and analyzing key operational metrics, financial performance, and other pertinent quarterly information.
    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, Co-founder
    2014 - PRESENT
    Exalto Advisory
    • Built a client base of more than 200 clients for grant advisory and capital raising.
    • Provided deal-vetting services for major conglomerates out of Asia, focusing on consumer tech spaces.
    • 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.
    • Created investor-facing business plans for clients in various industries ranging from beauty and personal care, agriculture, advertising, and exporting consumer goods.
    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
  • Summer Analyst
    2009 - 2010
    Nomura
    • Assisted the team in preparing pitches for deals with a total transaction size of $400 million.
    • Conducted due diligence in the proposed buyout of Korea's largest independent bank at the time, in a transaction valued at $4 billion.
    • Helped onboard and train other interns to the investment banking division.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Financial Modeling, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Market Research
Education
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting
    2008 - 2012
    University of British Columbia - Vancouver, BC, Canada
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