Testimonials

Hear what people are saying about Vanreusel Ventures

Testimonials

Hear what people are saying about Vanreusel Ventures

"Honestly I put James up there in the top 1% of the CFOs that I've worked with. I think James is absolutely fantastic at understanding the numbers, understanding the process, understanding the business, and then being that thought partner for the CEO, that can sit in the room and participate in a conversation and bring a perspective that others don't have. And that is absolutely huge.”
“I've had a great experience working with James. In under six months, we've gotten to know each other really well and that's down to him being open and being available to talk through both how he operates as Interim CFO at Planet and in his own company. From both sides of the equation that I've experienced, I think very highly of him. I think he is definitely one with high integrity, never goes back on his word and his follow up has always been on point. I completely trust his skill sets in terms of working with companies across different stages and the experience I've had with him on a later stage company shows that he's got some breadth - it's not just a small series A company where he’d be tapped in, he can work with companies that are generating ten, twenty, thirty million in revenue."
"James helped Planet leading several major initiatives to reduce expenses, raise finances and build sales models. He succeeded very well in these. Furthermore I really enjoyed working with James. I’d highly recommend James to anyone who needs CFO services similar to our needs."
"James did more than "keep the lights on" while our Company conducted a >12 month search for a full-time CFO. He led our Finance department, brought together a strong team, and drove a variety of cost-saving and financing-related projects. He worked effectively with our other executives, built relationships with key external parties, and became familiar with our business on a level that was far deeper than "just the numbers". James provided me with valuable guidance as I ramped up at the Company, and I would gladly work with him again if the opportunity came up. He communicates complex ideas and issues clearly, and is an excellent listener as well. Overall, he went above and beyond expectations for an interim CFO."
Tina Hristova-Planet
James joined Planet at a transitional time for the company. He brought maturity, level-headed decision-making, and much-needed Finance leadership for the team and the company. Under James' leadership the company accomplished multiple equity and debt transactions, many significant corporate development projects, and operationalized a new GTM model. James is a pleasure to work with. He is calm and confident in his decision-making and was a true asset to the team. He is a great listener and a natural mentor. Looking forward to crossing professional paths with James in the future.
“He saved my company money and helped us achieve greater revenues. What more could you ask for from a financial advisor? James listens, studies, cares, and provides invaluable wisdom. But, most of all, he loves my business as much as I do, and that passion is the real difference.”
"James gets my thumbs up, we’ve worked together and he’s a collaborative, innovative leader. He was there to help Planet grow during a tenuous time, when the CFO was leaving and they had a bit of a turnover culture-wise. During that interim period, James was able to bring the organization back up to a steady-state. And I think that's something that goes by the wayside a lot of the time - how important the culture is for the growth of the organization and talent. If you can bring in somebody to steady the ship and make sure you're righting the wrongs that you made during those transitions, and you can flatten out, it can really help."
"James, you're very smart, you're capable you've got good people skills, there's a real need in the market for what you can do. So you're well positioned to be doing what you're doing. I was delighted to learn about your last gig with the satellite company because that gives you good chops in terms of technology and understanding the fundamentals of a business as well as the numbers. I think you've got a good personality and a good skill set and good sensitivity."
"James and his team have been instrumental in moving us from the start-up stage into the growth stage, providing us with strategic advice based on best practices accumulated from all the other organisations James has worked with. It's been extremely valuable, guiding my co-founders and I through processes like consolidating our budget and thinking ahead to financial risk of operating in different countries. As an organisation that was unable to hire a financial director or CFO, James really filled the gap - moving us from a budget of $600,000 to now nearly $3million. We really appreciate the level of diligence and customer service James and his team have offered us - thank you Vanreusel Ventures!"
“At the beginning of the exercise we were 80% committed to the expansion into Mexico but the work performed by Vanreusel Ventures highlighted a poorer risk/reward outcome than we anticipated. Their financial modelling analysed a fairly complex situation in a very simple, easy to understand manner and they added further value by highlighting specific issues that investors would focus on.”
“Vanreusel Ventures fills a critical need for dynamic, growing non-profits. The company’s expertise providing finance and accounting leadership allows founders to focus on building out their programs, fundraising and organizations, with the comfort of knowing that the numbers are in trusted hands. They provide funders and boards with confidence that finances are under a watchful, experienced set of eyes.”
“Working with James’ people, we were able to tackle key questions that enabled our organization to lay a strong foundation for financial management. Their scorecard was very helpful and their advising on core components, such as when to bring accounting functions in-house, proved deeply valuable. Their support has enabled our team to feel confident in the strength of our finance operations.”
“James and his team transformed our finance processes and gave us assurance that we have best-in-class financials and systems in place – for today and as our business grows. They always provide personalized attention, and at no point have we felt like just another of many clients. Overall, I can’t recommend brining James and his team on more, and suggest doing it sooner than you think you need to.”
James joined our team as a part-time Chief Financial Officer during a period of rapid growth., at a moment when our pace of growth risked outpacing our cash in hand. James helped us assess the financial risk profile of the organization--what were the right benchmarks, and goals for cash on hand for us. That in turn enabled us to get the pacing right to continue to grow quickly in a financially stable way. During this critical period, James also played a critical role in scoping out our long-term financial leadership needs and to recruit strong financial leadership for the organization both through internal promotion and external recruitment—including ultimately a long term CFO. We encountered many challenges during this period of rapid growth, during this James remained a calm, kind, unflappable presence on the team. I am grateful to James and to Vanreusel ventures as a whole for these critical contributions to our team and to our patients.

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