SMARTER FINANCE
TO GROW WITH CONFIDENCE

ON-DEMAND CFOs FOR STARTUPS

Expert finance that makes economic sense is within your reach. You don’t need the expense of a full-time CFO to have a partner that gives you the same strategic guidance to ease your company’s growing pains, so you can confidently focus on running the business.
Focus on product and sales while mastering your finances, with part-time CFO cover that provides expert guidance on strategic planning, financial modeling, operations development, bookkeeping and fundraising.

HELPING YOU BUILD SOLID GROWTH

Proven part-time CFOs that help you understand the strategic implications of financial metrics to expedite your success.

EXPERT FINANCIAL GUIDANCE FOR EARLY-STAGE COMPANIES

  • Assistance with fundraising

  • Strategic business planning

  • Financial & business modeling

  • Budgeting & forecasting

  • Cash management

  • Development, implementation, & management of accounting processes

  • Financial Report Preparation & Presentation

  • Optimization of A/R & A/P to maximize cash flow

  • Vendor negotiations

  • Investor & Board of Directors meetings and presentations

  • Other non-financial CFO duties such as HR & Legal

MEET OUR HAPPY CUSTOMERS

We give startups the expertise, skill and experience they need to move their company forward and grow with confidence.
Meet some of our happy customers.

KIND WORDS ON SMARTER FINANCE

“As an early stage company, Burkland Associates assistance has been critical to our initial success.”    

Casey Ryan, Gamut Labs

“Burkland Associates identified our most profitable business opportunity and is our best investment to date.”

Timothy Childs, ClearGrape

“There are many great firms out there that can provide outsourced CFO, HR or accounting services at a fair cost that will save you a lot of time.”

Jared Kim, Forbes Magazine Article

EXPERT CFOs GIVE YOU FINANCE COVER

Meet the team of strategic CFOs that includes top talent from MBA programs like HBS and Stanford, working to equip you with smarter finance.

Jeff Burkland

Jeff is our founder. He’s a visionary doer that can make a solid difference for your company. He has over 20 years of strategic and tactical financial management experience in both the corporate world and startups here in Silicon Valley.

An expert in business plan development, fundraising, financial modeling, management reviews, strategic planning, and process improvement, Jeff has provided strategic financial cover for many successful companies.

Jeff has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Duke and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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James Jones

James gives CEOs expert finance cover by applying the practices he’s learned through more than 15 years of experience in both startups and public companies. His roles included developing corporate and business unit strategies, assisting with fundraising, creating financial models, and improving operational processes.

As the interim CFO for a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company, James gave instrumental help for securing $22 million of venture funding. He also reduced cash burn rate by leading sales pipeline reviews, vendor negotiations and headcount optimization, in addition to supporting the go-to-market planning for both enterprise and e-commerce sales channels.

James has also served as the interim CFO for several companies in hardware, e-commerce, digital health, enterprise collaboration software, and 3D printing.

James has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy. He also leads Bay Area support for the Admissions Office of the United States Military Academy.

Walt Spevak

Walt Spevak has over 25 years of business experience providing both start-ups and public companies with essential skills in pre-public company fundraising strategy development, strategic planning, market research, financial modeling and budgeting/forecasting.

Most recently he has worked with clients focused on both corporate employee philanthropy and mobile philanthropy, as well as companies in the online health and wellness space, mobile team productivity, consumer goods, video gaming community, cloud syncing and bitcoin money transfer.

Walt holds both a BA in Economics and an MBA from Stanford University.

Karen Camp

Karen Camp brings over 20 years of successful executive financial and operations experience building high growth companies of international scope.

Karen has managed finance, accounting, FP&A, treasury, forecasting and budgeting, business development, HR, and operations and legal functions in enterprises ranging from start-ups to corporations with revenues of $230 million.

Karen holds an A.B. from Smith College and an M.A. from Middlebury College.

Elizabeth (Liz) Gasper

Liz Gasper brings a unique mix of strategy, finance and business operations expertise to help startups identify and capture opportunities that help them grow with confidence in complex, changing markets. Her experience includes strategic & financial planning, supply chain operations, IT management, M&A/joint ventures, public and private debt, equity financing, legal/contracts/IP, stock administration and finance for international expansion for both public and private companies across a number of diverse industries.

Liz has provided financial expertise to grow with confidence through leadership positions at Sybase, Scopus Technologies, RedEnvelope, Tandem Computers, RightWorks, Flying Tigers and Portivity; and has given strategic CFO expertise through consulting work to  LeapFrog Enterprises, ABRA Auto Body, Trueffect, Wonder Workshop, Boombotix and Purefresh.

Liz has an MBA from UCLA, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, from the University of California, Irvine.

Keith White

Keith White has over 15 years of business experience at companies ranging in size from startups to the Fortune 500.

He has developed business & financial models, raised funding for startups, sized opportunities, analyzed competitive positions, managed business development and provided investor relations support. Keith has also served in a variety of functions including finance, business development, strategy, marketing and operations.

Keith holds an MBA with Distinction from Harvard and a BS in Industrial Engineering Summa Cum Laude from Kansas State University.

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Chris Seidensticker

Chris has over 20 years of experience in both public and private companies and has spent almost the last fifteen years as a CFO for early stage technology startups in various industries, including Software/SaaS, Marketplaces, Consumer Electronics, Marketing/Ad Tech, and Music Technology.

Chris has spent the last six years as a part time CFO helping early stage companies determine optimal go-to-market strategies, raise equity and debt, develop business plans, and scale through rapid growth. Prior to his current part time CFO roles, Chris was CFO of Astro Gaming, a video game products startup. There, he guided the company through rapid growth, built and managed the Operations and Accounting functions, & was instrumental in the Company’s sale to Skullcandy.

Chris received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BBA in Finance & Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. When not working, he enjoys teaching his kids to surf & ski and missing out on live music.

 

Marc Zablatsky

Marc has a 25-year track record of financial leadership, fundraising and accelerating growth for early stage companies, turnarounds and international organizations ready to scale. He is a builder of businesses in B2C / B2BC technology-focused organizations in consumer goods & services, retail, SaaS and education and the emerging aging marketplace. Marc has extensive experience setting up and running teams in FP&A, Fundraising, Corporate Strategy, Operations, Business and Product Development, Quality Assurance, Customer Service and Marketing.

Marc is also a strong supporter of social enterprise ventures.  He was CEO of Fitness Forward, COO of Management Leadership for Tomorrow and was President of the Harvard Business School Alumni Club.

To help startups with smarter finance, Marc is armed with an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S from Babson College where he triple major in Finance, Economics and Marketing and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Rich Minicus

Rich has wide experience in finance, business development, and venture capital investing. He’s an expert in financial modeling, valuations, and financial analysis.  At both Becton Dickinson and Pfizer, he designed valuation models and guidelines which became corporate standards for acquisitions, venture capital investments, and other transactions.

Rich started his career at J.P. Morgan and Merrill Lynch where he worked in corporate banking, investment banking, and venture capital investing. As a consultant, Rich has provided finance and strategic cover for seed- and early-stage companies.  He is passionate about helping startups grow with confidence.

Rich holds degrees of MBA from Harvard Business School, MS in Biology, MSE in physiology, and BA from Amherst College.  He has certificates in valuation (Certified Valuation Analyst), bioethics, and biopharmaceutical innovation.

Tony Schopen

Tony Schopen’s experience includes CFO and senior consulting roles working with a number of venture-backed startups across a variety of industries.

Tony is adept in investment banking, debt negotiation, financial modeling, strategy consulting, and equity research covering SaaS and Internet companies.

Tony received his AB (magna cum laude) in economics from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate.

D.J.Marini

For the last fifteen years, D.J. has provided business development, business planning and conceptual development services to a broad range of companies such as Sony, Universal Pictures, Disney and Mitsubishi.

Prior to joining Burkland Associates, D.J. acted as General Manager at Lucasfilm Ltd, and Partner/CFO at MSB Entertainment.

D.J. graduated with honors with a BS in Business Management from San Francisco State University.

Debbie Rosler

Debbie Rosler has over 20 years of finance and strategy experience working with both start-ups and later-stage companies in a variety of industries.

She has worked in FP&A, corporate strategy, operations, investment banking and venture capital. Her areas of expertise include business plan development, financial modeling, management reporting, cash flow management and business process design.

Debbie received a BBA with high distinction from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Mike Kaswan

Mike Kaswan runs our East Coast on-demand CFOs practice. He has over 25 years of experience as a senior finance executive, venture capital investor, chief executive officer and board member, working with rapidly growing companies in the healthcare and other industries.

Mike is passionate about entrepreneurship and business value creation, having conceived and written the business plans for two companies that achieved cash exits for a combined $1.4 billion, been a co-founder of a venture capital firm that raised over $290 million in investment capital and created and run a “start-up by acquisition” with over 200 employees.

Mike holds an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Commerce with a Finance concentration from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

Berna Barshay

Berna Barshay helps CEOs be smarter about finance from our East Coast office. She has over 25 years of broad business and finance experience, including over 15 years as an investor, primarily in the public markets. Berna’s years as an investor have yielded her with a functional expertise in financial modeling, fundraising and investor relations, valuation, M&A, and strategy assessment. She is an industry expert in the consumer, media, and ecommerce verticals, with substantial additional experience in other areas of tech, financial services, and other industries.

In addition to her work as an investor, Berna has worked as a consultant addressing both strategy and operational finance for clients ranging from start-ups to large public companies. She also served as the CFO of a FinTech start-up that secured close to $20 million in venture funding.

Berna graduated with an AB cum laude from Princeton University and received an MBA with First Year Honors from Harvard Business School.

Rhonda Rosen

Rhonda Rosen has a solid track record helping startups apply smarter finance. Rhonda works at our East Coast office. Her experience evidences her ability to help grow and dramatically improve the financial strategy of early stage, mid-sized and PE/VC backed companies in the consumer products, specialty pharmaceuticals & medical devices, and financial services industries. Rhonda graduated from The Wharton Business School with an MBA in Finance  & Accounting and a BS in Economics, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Rhonda’s experience includes financial positions at The Gift Box, RenovaCare, Blacksands Petroleum, Tonix Pharmaceuticals, Validus Pharmaceuticals and The Golden Financial Group. At these companies she applied a skill set that spans all areas of finance, banking and administration.  Rhonda was also a Managing Director – Investment Banking at Oppenheimer & Co. and Putnam Lovell NBF.

Rhonda is savvy in M&As, strategic finance, reporting and equity placement, and is ready to give your company the financial cover it needs to grow with confidence.

Parm Kang

Parm brings more than fifteen years of financial expertise to help Startups and Boards assess strategic opportunities and manage risk.  His experience in strategy, finance & operations, growth planning, forecasting planning & analysis, fund raising, and financial models gives CEOs the cover they need to grow with confidence. His experience includes CFO roles at Fab.com, Waywire, Timedata, and Strategic CFO consulting to multiple other Companies across growth stages and verticals.  Parm is a proven finance partner, helping CEOs build solid financial foundations and practices. Parm was also a VP of Strategic Planning at JP Morgan Chase and a VP of Innovation at Bank of New York Mellon.

Parm earned his MBA from Yale School of Management, MSc in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management from The London School of Economics, and BSc in Mathematics from UCLA.

Parm has deep expertise in SaaS, E-commerce, IT, and online advertising models, which he applies to give startups superb growth insights, and set best practices in all areas of finance.

Steven Lord

Steven Lord has led, founded and managed companies in the financial technology, asset management and publishing sectors in Europe and in the United States. His 25-year career as an entrepreneur and senior executive in both public and private companies equips him with a deep understanding of strategic capital formation, financial modeling, operational efficiencies, restructuring and turnaround management, and M&A.

Steve has served as a senior consultant and interim CFO for companies across a broad range of sectors and sizes, bringing particular expertise with subscription-based business models (including SaaS) in the fintech, publishing and digital currency/blockchain industries to Burkland.  Steve also has served as an expert witness for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and is active in disaster relief missions as a Civil Air Patrol liaison officer to FEMA’s Region II.

Steve holds a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Vermont.

Bobby Davidorf

Bobby’s strong financial acumen helps startups develop winning business models and getting to profitability quickly. He has over 25 years leadership experience at both public and private technology companies, giving financial cover to high performance, data-driven teams.

Before Burkland Associates, Bobby was CEO and CFO of Playlist Media, a generation Z-focused streaming music company, where he remains an active board member. Prior to Playlist Media, Bobby was VP of Finance at NorthStar Systems, an enterprise software company, where managed finance, accounting, HR and IT. He also set pricing structures and negotiated contracts with Fortune 500 companies for seven figure software licensing arrangements. Prior to NorthStar, Bobby was CFO of Tribeworks, a publicly traded multimedia software company, where he brought the company to profitability within two years and also served as General Manager and on the Board of Directors. Prior to that, Bobby co-founded Mjuice.com, an Internet music distribution company, where he served as the Chief Financial Officer and General Manager. Mjuice was the first company to deliver music securely from the web to portable devices and was sold to ARTISTdirect. Before Mjuice, Bobby was the Controller and interim CFO at Oceania, an enterprise software company. Prior to that he was a Senior Consultant at Price Waterhouse.

Bobby graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a CPA (inactive) in the State of California.

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