Founders should be focused on developing incredible products and bringing them to market, not managing finances or operations.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 10, 2013
Jason Rodrigues, the former Controller at Yammer who played a pivotal role in that company’s $1.2 billion acquisition by Microsoft, has been named Vice President of Finance and Operations at Advisor, a financial services firm headquartered in San Francisco that manages operations and accounting for startups. Mr. Rodrigues will oversee all aspects of the firm’s growing client operations division, which has more than $200 million of venture capital under management distributed across nearly 100 companies.
In his role as Yammer’s Controller, Mr. Rodrigues’s effective use of technology and efficient processes allowed him to assemble a lean team of accounting professionals tasked with supporting the company's worldwide operations. Following Yammer’s 2012 acquisition by Microsoft, he oversaw the year-long integration of the company's international financial operations. During the Yammer-Microsoft integration, Mr. Rodrigues put on his community service hat by executing Yammer’s Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) with the City of San Francisco, which significantly expanded the company’s engagement with local non-profits in Central Market. He currently serves on the board of two of those non-profits, Hospitality House and Compass Family Services.
Mr. Rodrigues brings more than 10 years of experience in the industry to Advisor. He was the first finance hire at Palantir Technologies, founded by billionaire Peter Thiel in 2004. Through his roles at Palantir and Yammer, Mr. Rodrigues has become known for his expertise in improving operational efficiency, and for his commitment to building world-class finance teams.
“I’ve been following Advisor’s development and growth over the past couple years,” says Rodrigues. “It’s refreshing to join a company that is solving a real problem in the market. During those first few critical years, founders should be focused on developing incredible products and bringing them to market, not managing finances or operations. It’s just not an efficient use of their time. Options have historically been limited though, forcing founders to waste valuable time by doing the work themselves, hiring full-time accounting staff, or contracting with out-of-touch financial services firms. Advisor’s approach, combining technology and people, is the new paradigm for startup success, and everyone should take heed.”
“Jason’s arrival marks an important inflection point at Advisor,” says Mike Jacobson, CEO and Founder of Advisor. “Our mission has always been to help founders build amazing companies. It’s great to have a seasoned finance and operations entrepreneur with a history of success in the startup community join our team. Jason has experienced firsthand the same challenges our portfolio founders face on a daily basis. With his addition to the team, we’ll be able to take a huge leap forward.”
In the past 10 months, Advisor has doubled its number of employees and clients, significantly expanded the breadth of its service offering, and opened a second location off Union Square in New York City. With the addition of Mr. Rodrigues, the company anticipates doubling in size again within the next 12 months.
Advisor provides expert services in operations, advisory and accounting for startups who require a solid roadmap and strategy to scale their business. A team of experienced CPAs, CFOs, Project Managers, Strategy Advisors, and Startup Specialists manage all your startup’s needs in Accounting, Human Resources, Payroll, Taxes, Compliance, Advisory, Fundraising, Valuations, M&A, Audit Prep and more. Most recently, the company has managed the audit prep and workflow for Twitter’s $350 million acquisition of MoPub. A long time client, MoPub began working with Advisor in 2011 soon after graduating from the AngelPad accelerator. See http://advsor.com.