Luke Leininger, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer, Avizia
Hometown: Concord, CA
Favorite things to do you outside the office: Running, Cheering for Bay Area sports teams, and spending time with my wife and 5 children.
What do you wish you knew when you were 20? Life only gets busier so instead of obsessing about the next milestone, do your best to enjoy the journey.
When you interview someone for your team you’re looking for: Passion, work ethic, and someone with a natural and insatiable drive to accomplish great things.
Robert Edwards, CFO, eOriginal
Hometown: Annapolis, MD
Favorite things: Golfing, boating, and cycling.
Wish I knew when I was 20: The value of independent assessment and drawing your own conclusions, rather than listening to the opinions of others, or forming preconceived assumptions.
What you look for when hiring: I look for drivers instead of riders, self motivated individuals with "can do" attitudes. Early stage technology companies need everyone on the team to view their contribution broadly, rather than narrowly defining a specific set of responsibilities.
Mike Dunn, CFO, Neosystems
Hometown: Born and raised in Washington DC. Currently reside in Arlington, Virginia.
Favorite things to do you outside the office: Spending time with my family, paddle boarding, cycling and skiing.
What do you wish you knew when you were 20? You are never going to be 100% prepared for what’s next. The trick is to have faith in your preparation, choose the right partners, and be ready to jump in and take risks. There's only so much you can control.
When you interview someone for your team you’re looking for: Curious, analytical and intuitive people with a good sense of humor. Someone who can look beyond the numbers and gain insight into how we, as finance and accounting professionals, can help the organization.
Brian Bharwani, CFO, MakeOffices
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Favorite things to do outside the office: Spend time with my family, travel and all things sports related.
What do you wish you knew when you were 20? When I was 20 I wish I knew that email doesn't take the place of talking to people. We live in a world dominated by email, texts and social media, but none of those things can replace the benefits that come from human interaction.
When you interview someone for your team you're looking for: When interviewing I look for intelligent, hardworking people with positive attitudes. If you find those attributes the rest tends to take care of itself.