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Michael Vieten

Michael Vieten

New York, NY, United States
Member since March 17, 2017
Mike has worked with dozens of clients—helping startups raise $250,000 to $10 million all the way up to helping larger companies execute due diligence on $100 million to $5 billion transactions. Mike started his career as an equity research analyst—covering the restaurant and food supply chain sectors. He later received his MBA from Columbia. He primarily helps his clients with financial modeling, M&A due diligence, fundraising, and pitch decks.
Michael is now available for hire
Career Highlights
Select Certifications
Case studies
Industry Expertise
  • Retail & Wholesale
Software Expertise
  • Microsoft Excel
Other Expertise
  • Forecasting
  • Restaurant Operations
  • Strategic Consulting
  • Founder | Managing Partner
    2017 - PRESENT
    Specialized Capital Partners LLC
    • Executed investment fund early-stage deals throughout the food and beverage space,
    • Closed investments including By Chloe (plant-based fast-casual restaurants), Bluestone Lane (fast-casual coffee), Alpha Foods (plant-based frozen food), Supernatural Kitchen (all-natural baking supplies), Yooga (plant-based yogurt), The Drop Wine (DTC canned wine), and Life Equals (shelf-stable health shots).
    • Executed SPV investments, ahead of an anticipated $5-$10 million raise for a first fund.
    Focus areas: Investment Thesis, Investor Decks, Financial Modeling
  • Managing Partner
    2013 - PRESENT
    Rocketship Consulting
    • Advised businesses across the consumer space on areas that include: restaurants, consumer packaged goods, beverage, alcohol, apparel, supply chain, and consumer tech companies.
    • Provided key financial and strategic services—including financial modeling, M&A due diligence, operational due diligence, forecasting, budgeting, fundraising, pitch decks, business planning, and capital allocation.
    • Executed operational due diligence on a restaurant and entertainment concept for an activist hedge fund; visited sites, interviewed customers and employees, and developed strategic recommendations for how to elevate the brand and improve sales and margin performance; compiled a detailed 50-page report on findings.
    • Built a financial model and investor pitch deck for a startup food technology company raising a Series A round of financing.
    • Built a model to help a startup restaurant better calculate food costs; built another financial model for the company to help raise financing for their second and third locations.
    Focus areas: Financial Modeling, Budgeting, Due Dilligence, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financial Strategy, Capital Raising, Growth Capital Raising, Cash Flow Forecasting
  • Director of Strategy, Technology, Marketing, and Supply Chain
    2015 - 2016
    Marathon Restaurant Group Africa
    • Built the supply chain in Botswana and Nigeria by liaising with suppliers, negotiating contracts, and securing franchisor approvals.
    • Led all marketing efforts, both online and offline—including strategy, creative development, and execution.
    • Oversaw the rollout of technology infrastructure—including mobile-first websites and data analysis tools.
    • Built financial models and investment decks for multiple financial transactions within the food and beverage industries.
    • Executed ad hoc projects across real estate, human resources, and finance.
    Focus areas: Financial Strategy, Real Estate Finance, Market Research, Market Opportunity Analysis, Financial Modeling, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Budgeting
  • Senior Associate
    2010 - 2013
    Cowen and Company
    • Supported one of the top restaurant analysts with the broadest coverage on Wall Street.
    • Simultaneously supported the food retail analyst—helping him achieve #1 ranking in the 2012 WSJ Best on the Street survey.
    • Built and maintained complex financial models for over 40 companies as well as quantitative and statistical industry models.
    • Analyzed business and financial strategies of covered companies, and published detailed research reports distributed to all clients.
    Focus areas: Equity Research, Financial Modeling, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in General Management
    2013 - 2015
    Columbia Business School - New York, NY, USA
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in Finance
    2010 - 2012
    CFA Institute - New York, NY, USA
  • Bachelor's degree in Operations Research
    2005 - 2009
    Columbia University - New York, NY, USA
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
    CFA Institute
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