As you can imagine, being CFO of a fintech startup can be a stimulating—and sometimes boisterous—job. Especially when you compare it to the more traditional CFO role at a larger enterprise company. Which is why when it came time for inDinero to find a fearless financial leader, it wasn’t easy—until we found Lisa Bunday. After all, it’s not every day you meet someone with Lisa’s background in accounting and finance who still finds a way to reference Ross Gellar and Excel Spreadsheets in one breath. Our COO, Keddrick Stuart shares why he’s excited to have Lisa on the team:
“Lisa is that rare commodity of someone with deep technical talent AND someone who gets our clients. With her extensive experience as a consulting CFO for dozens of growing SaaS companies, Lisa isn’t just helping us manage our rapid growth; she is already working with the entire inDinero team to improve service for our clients. Lisa’s real passions for team culture and accountability were how I knew she’d be a great fit at inDinero.”
I’m sure Keddrick could go on and on about why we love having Lisa as a part of the inDinero family, but reading through her answers should give you an even better idea!
Lisa Bunday Goes Beyond the Balance Sheet to Give Us a Glimpse Into What It’s Like Being a CFO at a Fintech Startup:
Q: Why did you choose to work for inDinero?
A: Everyone I spoke to through the recruiting process was so friendly and engaging. All were super smart and passionate about the company. I love that inDinero is a young, growing company and I saw the opportunity to help shape the business and the culture. When I was early in my career, around 27 years old, I worked for a company that was growing very quickly. We all were like a family, and I’ve always viewed it was a once in a career golden time where everyone truly is like family, having fun, and disrupting an industry. I see that same spark with inDinero and feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of this time.
Q: What are you most excited about working at inDinero?
A: Growing the company and making it better, faster, stronger while having incredible core values driving our culture.
Q: If you were an accounting equation [or financial tool/document], which would you be?
A: Pivot Table for sure. PIVOT!!
Q: When are you the happiest?
A: Hmmm, that’s a toughie as I am a pretty happy person most of the time. I guess I’m happiest when I’m getting stuff done, personal or business. I’m a checklist girl and accomplishing things makes me glow.
Q: What is one of your proudest moments or accomplishments?
A: That one is easy! Seeing my daughters grow up to be incredibly strong capable young ladies. They are teenagers now, but I’m getting a glimpse into what they will be as full blown adults, and they are so close to being ready to be released into the wild. I’m tremendously proud of them.
Q: What is/are your favorite pastime(s)?
A: My absolute favorite is reading a good book. However, sadly, I can’t be trusted with books as I don’t stop reading until I’m done. That means no sleep, no going in to work, no feeding my poor children, etc. until I’ve read start to finish. Other non-all consuming pastimes include spending time at the barn with our horses, rescuing hound dogs, and occasionally roller skating.
Q: What is your favorite song, movie, book, or comedian:
Song: Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
Movie: Office Space
Book: Anything by Stephen King for fiction; Anything by Patrick Lencioni for self-improvement
Comedian: Robin Williams
Other: Cake is good. Cake makes everything better.
Q: What are some of your pet peeves:
- People with a lack of curiosity
- Hearing “because that’s the way we’ve always done it.”
- Defeatist/negative attitudes
Q: What would people be surprised to know about you?
A: I love music. I paid for a chunk of college through a music scholarship and teaching piano to kids. I also played piano on the weekends in a fancy restaurant/bar when I was 15-16.
Q: If you could meet anyone—dead or alive—who would you choose?
A: Queen Victoria. Talk about a leader disrupter! She is the real deal right there.
Q: What’s your favorite place on Earth?
A: Anywhere my kids are, is where I want to be. That said, if they could be in Hawaii, that would be awesome.
Q: What do you think inDinero’s biggest opportunity is?
A: Smart, controlled (but rapid) growth through organic and acquisition, resulting in a world-class firm with a killer culture that all other companies aspire to be.
Q: If you were to compete against our Co-Founder & CEO, Jessica Mah, in the Olympic Karaoke Challenge, what song would you sing to get the gold?
A: “Somebody to Love” – Queen
We’ll be sure to queue up “We are the Champions” for your encore performance!
Quick Note: This article is provided for informational purposes only, and is not legal, financial, accounting, or tax advice. You should consult appropriate professionals for advice on your specific situation. inDinero assumes no liability for actions taken in reliance upon the information contained herein.