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E7: What CFOs Should Know About Acquisitions, from Shippo / eero CFO Olivier Adler

E7: What CFOs Should Know About Acquisitions, from Shippo / eero CFO Olivier Adler

On episode seven of Run the Numbers, Olivier Adler (CFO of Shippo, and former CFO of eero) and CJ dive deep into the world of acquisitions, and go a layer deeper than what you find online through Olivier's previous experience as CFO of a company acquired by Amazon. If you’re looking for an ERP platform, check out our sponsor, NetSuite: 



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(00:00) Episode Preview

(01:15) SEGMENT: CJ's opening “Off the Books” monologue - Listener mailbag on annual planning

(05:00) Update on CJ's car saga

(06:52) Start of interview: the story of eero

(08:12) How the sale to Amazon happened

(11:48) Highs and lows of Olivier's journey at eero

(13:46) Sponsor: NetSuite

(15:09) When incumbents start competing with start-ups

(17:09) M&A advice for CFOs

(21:05) The year after acquisition at Amazon

(25:38) Olivier's current experience as CFO of Shippo

(27:14) Olivier's current experience as CFO of Shippo

(31:20) Advice for first-time CFOs

(35:43) Time management tips for CFOs

(36:17) SEGMENT: Long-ass Lightning Round

(38:52) SEGMENT: Rep Yo Stack - Sponsored by Tropic

(40:16) Craziest thing someone has tried to expense

Mostly metrics
Run the Numbers
Run the Numbers is a twice-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 wishes 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.