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Case Study: How to Build a Finance Function from Scratch

Case Study: How to Build a Finance Function from Scratch

Over the last 6 years Melbourne-based digital marketplace operator Envato has grown from a start up to a fully fledged business. And the finance function has grown along with it. The finance function’s requirement to keep pace with the company’s speed of operation has meant adopting principles from the leading edge of finance innovation, as well as some from the company’s own development team. Sigal Pilli joined Envato as Chief Financial Officer in 2011. She shared some of these valuable ...

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On-Demand Recording: How Technology is Enabling the CFO to Build and Transform Companies

On-Demand Recording: How Technology is Enabling the CFO to Build and Transform Companies

Few people have had as much influence over Silicon Valley’s technology companies as Ken Goldman, who has worked in finance functions in the Valley for more than 30 years. As former CFO for Yahoo! Inc., Ken was responsible for the company’s global finance functions including financial planning and analysis, controllership, tax, treasury, and investor relations. In this recording of his presentation at the Finance Innovation & Tech Fest 2017 you will hear about the accomplishments and disappointments in the journey towards ...

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Transformation Doesn’t Happen From the Sidelines

Transformation Doesn’t Happen From the Sidelines

If the thought of transforming an organisation seems hard, how about transforming an entire industry? That is the task being undertaken by energy industry veteran Jens Madrian. His London-based company, Reactive Technologies, is working to decarbonise and decentralise the energy industry globally, by utilising technology from the telecommunications sector to create new value. “I spent a lot of time looking backwards, dealing mostly with legacy challenges,” Madrian says. “And now my key focus is looking forward and trying to shape ...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Digital Finance Technologies

A Beginner’s Guide to Digital Finance Technologies

The question we hear most often from senior finance executives around Digital Finance is: “Where do I start?” The simple answer – start from where you are. Finance organisations have lots of experience managing change. But digital represents opportunities we haven’t seen before. Opportunities to explore massive amounts of information, to do it quickly, and to distribute knowledge wherever it needs to go. These shifts are not only driving operational improvements, they’re also changing expectations for adding insight. The key ...

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Finance Transformation Powered by Digital

Finance Transformation Powered by Digital

Ready to harness the power of digital finance? With digital now in the driver’s seat, organisations are at a powerful tipping point for transformation, productivity and more informed decision making. We sat down with Ashley Gardner, Chief Financial Officer at David Jones & Country Road Group and put finance transformation under the spotlight. What does digital finance mean to you? Relevant information available to the key users whenever they need it. We’re a retail business and it is all about ...

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