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Paris, France Strategy, M&A
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6 years experience
  • Early-stage Startups
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
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Berlin, Germany M&A, Venture Capital
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3 years experience
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  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • Corporate Finance
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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain Strategy, M&A
Manager
3 years experience
  • Early-stage Startups
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
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4 years experience
  • Early-stage Startups
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
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Poland Strategy, M&A
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9 years experience
  • Early-stage Startups
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
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France Strategy, M&A
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10 years experience
  • Early-stage Startups
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
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Lyon, France Venture Capital
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3 years experience
  • Early-stage Startups
  • Project Management
  • Competitive Analaysis
  • Open Innovation
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  • Early-stage Startups
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Frequently asked questions

What clients usually engage your Early-stage Startups Consultants?

We work with clients from all over the world. Our clients range from enterprise and corporate clients to companies that are backed by Private Equity or Venture Capital funds. Furthermore, we work directly with Family Offices, Private Equity firms, and Asset Managers. Most of our enterprise clients have dedicated Corporate Development, M&A, and Strategy divisions which are utilizing our pool of Early-stage Startups talent to add on-demand and flexible resources, expertise, or staff to their in-house team.

How is Fintalent different?

Fintalent is not a staffing agency. We are a community of best-in-class Early-stage Startups professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best Early-stage Startups talent and are able to provide clients with Early-stage Startups professionals within 48 hours of first engaging them. We believe that our platform provides more value for Corporates, Ventures, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, and Family Offices.

Our Hiring Process – What do ‘Community-Approach’ and ‘Invite-to-Apply’ mean?

‘Invite-to-Apply’ is the process by which we shortlist candidates for the majority of projects on our platform. Often, due to the confidential nature of our clients’ projects, we do not release projects to our whole platform but using the matching technology and expertise of our internal team we select candidates who are the best fit for our clients’ needs. This approach also ensures engagement with our community of professionals on the Fintalent platform, and is a benefit both to our clients and independent professionals, as our freelancers have direct access to the roles best suited to their skills and are more likely to take an interest in a project if they have been sought out directly. In addition, if a member of our community is unavailable for a project but knows someone whose skill set perfectly fits the brief, they are able to invite them to apply for the role, utilizing the personal networks of each talent on our platform.

Which skills and expertise do your Fintalents have?

The Fintalents are hand-picked and vetted Early-stage Startups professionals, speak over 55 languages, and have professional experience in all geographical markets. Our Early-stage Startups consultants’ experience ranges from 3+ years as analysts at top investment banks and Strategy consultancies, to later career C-level executives. The average working experience is 6.9 years and 80% of all Fintalents range from 3-12 years into their careers.

Our Early-stage Startups consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our Early-stage Startups talent pool stand out is the fact that they have technical backgrounds in over 2,900 industries.

How does the screening and onboarding of your Early-stage Startups talent work?

Fintalent.io is an invite-only platform and we believe in the power of referrals and a closed-loop community. Members of our community are able to invite a small number of professionals onto the platform. In addition, our team actively scouts for the best talent who have experience in investment banking or have worked at a global top management consultancy. All of our community-referred talent and scouted talent are subject to a rigorous screening process. As such, over the last 18 months totaling more than 750 hours of onboarding calls, of which only 40% have received an invite-link after the call.

What happens if I am not satisfied with my Early-stage Startups consultant’s work?

During your initial engagement with a member of our Fintalent talent pool with no risk. If you are not satisfied with the quality of your hire for any reason then we are able to find a replacement at short notice. There is no minimum commitment per project, but generally projects last at least 5 days and can last 12+ months.

We are a community-based M&A staffing platform.

With our platform, you can fill full-time M&A roles, or staff your team with a Early-stage Startups expert when you need an extra hand.

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Everything you need to know about Early-stage Startups

What are early-stage startups?

Early stage startups are companies that want to innovate, but haven’t yet found the market. They are typically making their first products and have very few resources. Most of the time, they’re receiving funding from friends, family members, or angel investors.

Early-stage startups consultants observe that they don’t usually fail, but often fail to make it big. There are many reasons for this: lack of a viable product idea and strong market research leading them astray, not understanding the concept of marketing and customer service, taking too much time developing a product that doesn’t have demand yet (or ever), etc.

The first venture capital firms began investing in startups in the 1960s and 1970s. Their objective was to cash out on the companies that had already established themselves and make a profit from them. This led them to invest in large companies regardless of whether or not they’d be able to compete with the larger corporations.

The second wave of venture capitalists began investing in startups between 2000 and 2004, expanding their horizons to include smaller companies that used innovative technology or had potential for growth. These investors were looking for opportunities that would help disrupt existing industries so they could cash out on their own startups instead of cashing out on others.

The third wave of venture capitalists, who started investing in startups between 2005 and today, are looking to provide money and resources to companies that have already gone through the business boot camp. They invest in companies that have already been established and are able to secure a large portion of the market share. This is how they make their money from investments – by cashing out on their own startups when they’ve become household names.

In the next ten years, it’s likely that the fourth wave of venture capital will be investing in artificial intelligence and robotics startups. Artificial intelligence is here – it’s being used in even the simplest applications like Google search results and self-driving cars. Robots are going to be a big part of our daily lives in the future – they will perform numerous tasks at brick-and-mortar businesses, and will also be used in manufacturing plants.

Large companies with market shares larger than the current market are still pursuing startups because they want to find new ways to expand their market share and keep up with competitors. They’re investing in startups because they believe that it’s what young entrepreneurs want to hear.

One of the best places to find early stage startups is in incubators. Incubators provide services such as business plans, mentors, networking opportunities, and a lot more. Startups often share an office with other startups they are working with.

Who are the most common investors that invest in early stage startups?

Angels and VCs (venture capitalists) are the most common groups that invest in startups. Some universities also have university-affiliated firms which help early stage companies get funding.

How do you decide which startup is good enough to get funding from?

It all depends on how well it can solve the problem it wants to aim for. Make sure that the startup has already developed a prototype if they want to get funding!

What is the difference between an early stage investor and a late stage investor?

Because of the different stages, early stage investors have a higher risk tolerance and are more lenient to startups than late stage investors.

What can you do if you want to become an early stage startup?

Think about your problem, research on similar problems that may have been solved by other people, and look for possible ways to solve it. Set short term goals that help you work towards solving the problem in the long run.

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»Our Fintalent was incredible. He always went a layer deeper. We now consider Fintalent a partner on all our new projects.«

Tiara Letourneau
Tiara Letourneau
CFOO, Rewrite Capital

»Fintalent was able to provide consulting advice in very little time for one of our latest M&A projects. The support was hands-on, pragmatic and of high quality and was as a result critical to advance the project we were not able to properly address in the classical way.«

Dr. Fabian Kley
Dr. Fabian Kley
Head of Group Strategy and M&A at MAN Energy Solutions SE

»Inorganic growth is a big part of our strategy. We were looking for a global partner to help us with our buy-side M&A projects, and found Fintalent. From first contact to project start took less than 2 weeks. The quality of talent is exceptional. Now, we’re already talking to potential targets.«

Bart van Acker
Bart van Acker
CEO, QbD Group