The Backbone — Episode 13: Serving the SMB Market at a Publicly Traded Software Company vs a High-Growth Startup

Darren Wood, Director of Finance & Operations at Jobber

Joining me on this episode of The Backbone: a journey inside finance at a startup, is Darren Wood, Director of Finance & Operations at Jobber.

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Joining me on this episode is Darren Wood, Director of Finance & Operations at Jobber. Jobber is the easiest way to run a service business with mobile apps, powerful scheduling, online invoicing, and simple customer management.

Darren has been with the company since 2015. Prior to joining Jobber, he worked for the federal government and Intuit in varying roles. 
 
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and is a designated CPA, CMA.


On this episode of The Backbone, I chat with Darren about:
  1. His journey from Intuit to Jobber and how he got started in finance within the software industry;
  2. What Jobber is all about;
  3. The differences between his experience of working in finance for a large publicly traded company to leading the finance function of high growth venture backed startup;
  4. The unique opportunities and challenges he faces being the finance leader of a company serving the SMB space; and
  5. The importance of the finance function at an early stage technology company

We close things off with a quickfire round:

  • Go to online resource for all things startup finance related
  • Favourite productivity hack
  • One thing you don’t leave the office before finishing
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Check out previous episodes of The Backbone

Episode 12: Leading Finance at NPOs to High Growth Tech & Bootstrapping vs Raising Venture Capital w/ Anthony Scolaro, VP Finance & Operations at Lucova

Episode 11: Raising $17M Series A Round & What it Means to be ‘Venture-Backed w/ Frank Jessop, Director of Finance, Sensibill

Episode 10: Vendor Selection Considerations & Viewing the Finance Function from an Engineering Perspective w/ Gerti Dervishi, VP Finance at Flybits

Episode 9: The Process of Acquiring Companies as a Startup & Best Practices for Investor Relations w/ Ryan Levenberg, VP Finance at Q4 Systems Inc.

Episode 8: Raising VC Funding to Executing an $110M Acquisition + Demystifying the Progressive Roles of the Finance Leader within a Startupw/ Dwayne Walker, CFO at LookbookHQ

Episode 7: Going Through an Acquisition of an eCommerce Company & Keeping Both Sides of a Marketplace Happy w/ Elena Armstrong, Co-Founder & VP Finance at Exact Media

Episode 6: From Finance to Founding an IoT Startup & Bootstrapping vs. Raising Venture Capital w/ Sacha Sawaya, Co-Founder and CFO at Litmus Automation

Episode 5: Difference Between Being an Advisor vs Finance Leader for Tech Startups & When to Raise Capital w/ Eugene Bomba, CFO & VP Operations at ThoughtWire

Episode 4: Transitioning from Professional Services to Finance Leader of Pre-Revenue Tech Startup w/ Chris Parkes, CFO at NuraLogix

Episode 3: Why Finance & Operations go Together & Dealing with the Highly Regulated Financial Services Industry w/ Leen Li, Head of Finance at Wealthsimple

Episode 2: How Finance Scales Growing from 25 to 200+ Employees & Transfer Pricing w/ Les Cullen, Director Finance & Operations at TopHat

Episode 1: Managing Churn & Being Private Equity Backed w/ Daniel Israelsohn, VP Finance & Operations at Firmex


The Backbone is a podcast hosted by Shubham Datta, that explores the journey inside finance at a startup. Each episode features a finance leader (Director/VP, Finance or CFO) that:

  • shares their story of how they entered the world of startups,
  • explains what their company does
  • describes unique challenges he/she faces in their role
  • shares expertise relating to specific topics on the mind of finance leaders