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"Run the Numbers" with CJ Gustafson

Run the Numbers is a weekly podcast about financial metrics and business models, designed for ambitious people operating tech startups. It's a collection of things host CJ Gustafson (CFO at Partstech and writer of Mostly Metrics) has learned and thought about in the trenches as a tech CFO.

This show is meant to serve as a playbook of sorts for the stuff CJ wish he knew earlier in his career, both from experience and from copying people smarter than himself.

Topics frequently touch upon Startup SaaS Metrics, Annual Budgeting, Financial Forecasting, Headcount, Equity, Dilution, and Fundraising – and how all of these drive business performance and growth.

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E22: A SaaS Metrics DEEP Dive with Alex Clayton of Meritech Capital

Dec. 11, 2023

In this episode, CJ Gustafson interviews Alex Clayton of Meritech Capital who leads the firm’s enterprise software, infrastructure, and fintech practices.

E21: Building the Storytelling Muscle for CFOs with Andy Raskin

Dec. 7, 2023

On the 21st episode of Run The Numbers, CJ sits down with Andy Raskin, a prominent Strategic Narrative consultant to venture-backed CEO and leadership teams.

E20: Headcount Planning in Hypergrowth: Gusto’s Head of Corporate Finance Rohit Divate

Dec. 4, 2023

On the 20th episode of Run The Numbers, CJ sits down with Rohit Davite, Head of Corporate Finance at Gusto.

E19: Firing Execs: A Guide, with HR Heretics’ Kelli Dragovich and Nolan Church

Nov. 30, 2023

At scaling companies. parting ways with an executive requires finesse, strategic insights, and insider experience.

E18: How a Public Company CFO Prepares for Earnings Calls

Nov. 27, 2023

If you’re at a pre-IPO company, the' before, during, and after' of an earnings call can be a black box. That's why we brought on Sonalee Parekh, the Chief Financial Officer at RingCentral, for a masterclass about the best wa…

E17: Theory Ventures’ Tomasz Tunguz on What it takes To Be A Great CFO

Nov. 20, 2023

On this episode on Run the Numbers CJ and Erik Torenberg welcome Tomasz Tunguz from Theory Ventures for an in-depth conversation about building businesses, how CFOs can evolve with realtime needs of venture-backed companies,…