Hire the Top 3% of Freelance Start-Up Controller Experts.

Toptal is a marketplace for the top interim, part-time, and temporary start-up controllers. Top start-ups hire freelance start-up controllers from Toptal for their mission-critical projects.

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Timothy A. Martin

Freelance Start-Up Controller Expert

United StatesToptal Member Since May 19, 2017

Tim is an experienced CFO and finance professional in all aspects of financial planning, financial analysis, M&A, corporate accounting, and business case development with companies like IBM and Emerson Electric. He has extensive expertise in building dynamic, executable business/financial plans and enjoys freelancing as it allows him to help multiple clients at various stages of development across a wide range of industries.

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Didzis Silis

Freelance Start-Up Controller Expert

NetherlandsToptal Member Since March 1, 2017

Didzis has worked at Nokia and controlled the financials of fast-paced projects in Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe (including a $125 million mobile network roll-out in Ukraine). He enjoys freelancing as it allows him to help clients solve non-routine financial challenges, to meet new people, and to continuously grow. He's worked mainly at large, global companies, but he has also built several financial models for startups.

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Carol Kraemer

Freelance Start-Up Controller Expert

United StatesToptal Member Since February 1, 2017

Carol advised in the sale of a global multi-billion dollar energy company and served as a sub-segment controller/CFO for Siemens. She helps companies grow through acquisitions, fundraising, and strategic advisory. Carol has built some of the most sophisticated financial models for high-tech startups as well as large corporations and infrastructure projects. Freelancing allows her to broaden her industry focus while working with very driven CEOs.

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Ted Bartlett

Freelance Start-Up Controller Expert

United StatesToptal Member Since June 19, 2017

Ted has led the finance and operational functions of companies with sales ranging from $2 million to $20 billion, including Xerox and the Gowan Company. He has recently specialized in modeling, negotiation, and deal architecture for mid-market M&A transactions and joined Toptal to help a broad array of clients to create value through acquisitions. Ted is also a licensed CPA and holds an MBA.

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Jerome Elfassy

Freelance Start-Up Controller Expert

United StatesToptal Member Since January 8, 2017

After working as a credit prop trader for 7 years, co-managing a $12 billion corporate bond portfolio, and co-founding Festicket, Jerome started freelancing, building financial models, consulting for capital raising and acting as an external CFO. He has extensive experience working closely with founders of US and European eCommerce and media companies, helping them develop the necessary tools to financially structure their growth.

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Charlene Lee

Freelance Start-Up Controller Expert

SingaporeToptal Member Since February 6, 2017

Charlene is a finance expert cum consulting CFO with experience working for US Fortune 500, MNCs, and startups. She's managed $550 million dollar business, carried out successful profitability/business improvement projects, budget & forecasting, financial management, financial modeling, FP&A, and worked in an $850 million M&A engagement.

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William M. Wright II, CPA

Freelance Start-Up Controller Expert

United StatesToptal Member Since May 3, 2017

William is a trusted finance and business leader for small and mid-market companies in a wide array of industries. His success as a CFO includes assisting a motorsport startup raise $50 million in seed funding, assisting $1 – $3 billion financial services, media, and technology entities grow long-term value by conducting M&A due diligence and decision support analysis as well as improving finance operations in numerous SMB organizations.

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Mark Wyllie

Freelance Start-Up Controller Expert

JordanToptal Member Since April 29, 2017

In his corporate career, Mark served as the CFO and VP of corporate finance for a NASDAQ company, working internationally in Asia and CEE. As a freelancer, he helped analyze the setup of a new investment fund and raised funds to build wind turbine SPVs. He uses his extensive experience to work directly with clients on projects end-to-end from strategy to final implementation. Mark is particularly adept with fundraising and shareholder support.

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John Huff

Freelance Start-Up Controller Expert

United StatesToptal Member Since May 5, 2017

In his role as CFO, John has helped early stage companies attract and raise growth capital while executing aggressive growth strategies that have led to acquisitions by strategic buyers. As a freelance consultant, he enjoys working with a variety of clients to help them achieve next level growth, improve overall business performance, and achieve results beyond expectations.

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Testimonials

Martin so far is a complete Rockstar. His first bit of work produced a tool for us to model and forecast our financials and is far and away worth every penny we paid and more. Just thought I’d share that with you.

Pete Pellizzari, CEO

Budder, Inc.

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.

Romy Parzick, COO

Student Loan Benefits, Inc. dba Vault

Toptal has been an incredible key partner for Sidekick. As an early-stage start-up, we’ve leveraged both design and financial talent. The experience has been incredible, with those professionals bringing creativity, expertise, and advice to ensure Sidekick succeeds. My Toptal financial expert helped steer Sidekick’s business model, which resulted in an initial ROI of 650x! My experience with Toptal has given me great confidence in the future.

Doug MacKay, Founder / CEO

SideKick

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.

Chris Pozek, CEO

Veterans Rideshare

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.

Chris Pozek, CEO

Veterans Rideshare

Scott had a lot of finance experience which he used to ask the right questions and help us do things more quickly than we would have done without him. The commission model is crucial to us being able to scale, he integrated seamlessly with our finance team and efficiently got us the outputs we needed.

Naushad Parpia, Founder and CEO

GSD

I was very impressed with the quality of finance talent in Toptal’s network. Our expert's experience was immediately evident through his insightful questions and the speed at which we could move. Toptal stayed on top of the process from making the match through to the successful completion of the project. I've already recommended Toptal Finance to my network.

Naushad Parpia, Founder and CEO

GSD

Hire Start-Up Controller Experts Seamlessly with Toptal

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Talk to One of Our Industry Experts

A Toptal director of finance will work you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.
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Work With Hand-Selected Talent

Within days, we'll introduce you to the right Start-Up controller expert for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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The Right Fit, Guaranteed

Work with your new Start-Up controller expert for a trial period (pay only if satisfied), ensuring they're the right fit before starting the engagement.

FAQs

  • How are Toptal Start-Up Controller Experts different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Start-Up Controller Experts to ensure we only match you with talent of the highest caliber. Of the more than 100,000 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.

  • How fast can I hire Start-Up Controller Experts through Toptal?

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

  • What is the no-risk trial period for Start-Up Controller Experts?

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Start-Up controller expert 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.

Tap Into World-Class Talent

  • Trusted Experts Only

    Trusted Experts Only

    All of our talent are seasoned experts who ramp up quickly, readily contribute as core team members, and work with you to minimize onboarding time.

  • The Right Fit

    The Right Fit

    We have a knack for matching you with the right fit. Start working with your new hire on a no-risk trial period, paying only if satisfied.

  • Scale as Needed

    Scale as Needed

    Hire in under 2 weeks and scale your team up or down as needed, no strings attached.

  • Seamless Hiring

    Seamless Hiring

    We handle all aspects of billing, payments, and NDA’s. Let us take care of the overhead while you focus on building great products.

  • Flexible Engagements

    Flexible Engagements

    Choose the engagement type that suits your needs — hourly, part-time, or full-time — with the ability to change anytime.

  • Expert Talent Matching

    Expert Talent Matching

    Focus on your project and enjoy support from your dedicated account executive and expert talent matcher.

Top Start-Up Controller Experts are in High Demand.

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