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Aleksey N. Krylov, CFA

Freelance Start-up CFO
United StatesToptal Member Since November 15, 2016

Aleksey served in CFO roles of public and VC-backed private companies. As an investor, he contributed to 25+ private equity deals that have deployed $500 million. He has advised 50+ clients on raising $1.6 billion in equity in the healthcare, consumer, media, software, energy, and industrial sectors. Aleksey enjoys working with officers of early-stage and mature small-cap firms, and he freelances because it exposes him to a wide range of companies.

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Previously at

Ftera Advisors

Ralph Bohmer

Freelance Start-up CFO
AustraliaToptal Member Since June 2, 2021

A fellow of the ACCA, Ralph is a natural leader and strategic thinker, having helped grow businesses in the services, investment, and property sector from the ground up. He has excelled in executing complex equity, debt, and property deals to suit individual projects and entities. An expert in the automation of processes, he enjoys consulting with clients worldwide to help develop their accounting function so it provides clear, concise data for efficient decision-making.

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Previously at

buuda Business Management

William H. White

Freelance Start-up CFO
United StatesToptal Member Since April 30, 2020

Will is an executive consultant with a wealth of experience supporting startups and mid-sized business growth. He has successfully led M&A transactions for $350 million, developed pricing and GTM strategies for emerging-technology startups, and supported clients through VC pitches. Will has a genuine passion for helping businesses navigate volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) to fundraise, refine their strategy, and ultimately accelerate growth.

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Previously at

VUCA Strategies

Gary Traynor

Freelance Start-up CFO
United StatesToptal Member Since July 12, 2022

Gary is an experienced finance expert specializing in cash forecasting and capital raising with over 18 years of experience working with dozens of startups, managing investor relations, startup operations, and all core finance functions such as FP&A. His financial background in technology investment banking includes raising over $9 billion in public offerings. Gary leverages his financial expertise by working with early-stage technology startups, for which he has raised over $140 million.

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Previously at

Zags

Ed Carse

Freelance Start-up CFO
United StatesToptal Member Since December 10, 2019

Ed is an experienced entrepreneur, growth-company CFO, and investment banker with a background in many industries, including technology, media, finance, and business services. He has launched several companies, raised over $70 million in growth capital, and helped a company expand internationally and scale 5x in three years. Ed enjoys helping fix businesses and operating and financial challenges that prevent clients from reaching their potential.

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Previously at

EMC Consulting

Thomas Ruland

Freelance Start-up CFO
GermanyToptal Member Since January 6, 2021

Thomas has nearly two decades of experience in finance, specializing in M&A, finance operations, and strategic leadership in startup settings. His expertise includes executing M&A transactions, leading capital-raising efforts, and serving as interim CFO/COO. Proficient in both advisory and operational roles, Thomas integrates analytical depth with a pragmatic, hands-on leadership style, making him a versatile and effective finance professional.

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Previously at

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Carole Crawford, CFA

Freelance Start-up CFO
United StatesToptal Member Since August 14, 2017

At Morgan Stanley, Carole advised eight founders through exits totaling over $750 million and then founded her own practice to manage venture investments for family offices. A former tech CFO, she freelances to leverage her experience with capital raises, strategic pivots, and turnarounds. She enjoys helping innovators and entrepreneurs achieve financial success across many verticals, and has recently focused her efforts on fintech.

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Previously at

fincap360, LLC

Pedro I Bustillo

Freelance Start-up CFO
SpainToptal Member Since March 18, 2021

Pedro is a senior manager with 20+ years of international business and finance experience. He has led finance operations for Fortune 500 companies (Gillette, P&G, and Ideal Standard) and private enterprises in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Latin America, and he has executed numerous business valuations, strategic plans, and end-to-end product pricing analyses. Pedro enjoys consulting and freelancing as a way to help each client take their business to a sustainable path of value creation.

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Previously at

Roon Labs LLC

Neil Portus | CFA, CMA

Freelance Start-up CFO
United StatesToptal Member Since March 17, 2017

Neil is a CFO for growth companies and a former equity analyst at Goldman Sachs in NY where he helped lead numerous transactions including Zipcar's $1.1 billion IPO. He was also an equity analyst at Barclays Capital & Lehman Brothers and began his career at a boutique investment bank (M&A, restructuring, debt financings). He's built his operational skills both as a startup founder and as the CFO of an East Africa-focused impact investment firm.

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Previously at

Unity Development Group

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Erik has been an extremely valuable member of our team who has tremendous breath of experience with start ups in our lifecycle phase. What makes his contribution unique and highly effective is not only his excellent financial modeling skills and knowledge, but also the emotional intelligence with which he manages each relationship at Vault, understands our team dynamics, and helps us tackle start up challenges effectively. It is rare to find a part-time consultant who makes you feel like he/she is genuinely invested in the success of your company.

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Chris was great to work with and was always available on my schedule. His communication skills and personality were a 10/10. His outputs on the project were top notch and allowed us to develop more efficient forecasting and initiative prioritization frameworks. I would definitely use Chris again.

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What really sets Toptal apart is the caliber of finance talent available in their network. I had a very specific and pressing need, and Toptal quickly matched me with the perfect person for the job. The expert produced a thoughtful and robust financial analysis that has ultimately allowed us to forecast and prioritize initiatives much more efficiently.

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  • How are Toptal Start-up CFOs different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Start-up CFOs to ensure we only match you with talent of the highest caliber. Of the more than 200,000 people who apply to join the Toptal network each year, fewer than 3% make the cut. You’ll work with finance experts (never generalized recruiters or HR reps) to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics. The end result: expert vetted talent from our network, custom matched to fit your business needs.

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    Depending on availability and how fast you can progress, you could start working with a Start-up CFO within 48 hours of signing up.

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    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Start-up CFO begins with a trial period of up to two weeks. This means that you have time to confirm the engagement will be successful. If you’re completely satisfied with the results, we’ll bill you for the time and continue the engagement for as long as you’d like. If you’re not completely satisfied, you won’t be billed. From there, we can either part ways, or we can provide you with another expert who may be a better fit and with whom we will begin a second, no-risk trial.

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