John founded Venture First to fill a gap in the financial services ecosystem affecting ventures, early-stage investors and other lower-middle-market companies. He has worked with hundreds of early- and growth-stage companies across many industries, many of them dealing with highly-technical products or business models. He has over a decade of financial and transactional experience, including buy-side and sell-side M&A; debt and equity capital raises; strategic consulting; complex financial modeling; business plan development; equity and derivative valuation; and venture incubation.
Prior to Venture First, John served as Vice President at a growth-stage private equity firm and Chief Financial Officer of an early-stage medical device development company. He was an Associate at bCatalyst, an incubator and financial services provider to early-stage companies. He has also held analytical roles for Ethicon-Endo Surgery, a division of Johnson & Johnson, and Hilliard-Lyons, a regional brokerage house. John attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a B.S. in Economics and dual concentrations in Finance and Management.
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Scott serves as Managing Director of Venture First. He has over two decades of business development, finance, strategy consulting, and entrepreneurial experience. He has been involved with angel and venture-backed companies focused on healthcare, technology, education, information services, and financial technology. Prior to joining Venture First, Scott managed Altus Advisory Partners, an advisory practice in the higher education sector. Before that, he served as the Associate Secretary (Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer) for the Phi Beta Kappa Society national office. He has held management and operating roles with CEB and Accenture, and was on the executive team of two entrepreneurial health care companies.
Early in his career, Scott served as analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. Scott is the author of a Harvard Business School case study about an entrepreneurial healthcare company, and has been a guest lecturer at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Scott received a BA in English from Indiana University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Will is Chief of Staff for Venture First. He has extensive experience in the e-commerce industry, holding roles in finance, strategy, and operations. Will started his career with Zappos.com, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, where he was ultimately responsible for the finance function of three fulfillment centers and over $230 million in operating and capital expenses. He has strong expertise in financial planning and analysis, financial modeling, operations, and corporate strategy. Will attended the University of Louisville, where he received his degree in Finance. Will currently serves on the Board of Directors for the UofL Alumni Association and works with other local organizations to strengthen his community.
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John Toner is Business Development lead for Venture First in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has extensive experience managing multi-faceted relationships and building connections that matter. Prior to Venture First, Toner worked in the UN system to manage partnerships between national governments, UN agencies, and vendors to deploy innovative technology for human development reaching millions of citizens in over 100 countries. He has held roles in product development & management, client relationship management and business development. Toner studied International, Business, Trade and Development at New York University where he co-founded the Society for International Business and Development in 2009 which now has an alumni network of over 300. His research includes developing innovative social impact models for Microfinance in Central America, integrating human centered design into public-private partnerships, and applying business principles to nonprofit management. He has lived in 4 countries and worked for extended periods in over 20. John is a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in History.
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Ruchi brings over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Venture First, Ruchi was an accounting associate at JPMorgan, providing financial and investor reporting for multi-million dollar private equity funds. While working in New York, she was selected to support the Chicago office initiative. Ruchi has also provided accounting support to the biggest LGBT non-profit center in Chicago. She received a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Syracuse University.
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Logan Burchett is a Financial Analyst at Venture First. Logan has experience with large scale institutional asset management, helping with asset allocation and strategy selection of multi billion dollar public equity and fixed income portfolios. Logan has experience within all major asset classes, with his tenure giving him exposure to hedge funds, private equity funds, Real Estate Funds, and Real Return funds in addition to traditional asset classes. Mr. Burchett is a CFA level 2 candidate, and holds an MBA in finance from Xavier University as well as a bachelor’s degree in economics from Transylvania University.
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Marcie is a Valuation Analyst for Venture First. Her experience includes operational and corporate accounting roles. She is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants. Prior to joining Venture First, she has been a National Controller with Sodexo USA, Inc. where she worked with corporate dining accounts for a Fortune 75 company. She was also an Operations Controller with Levy Restaurants, a subsidiary of the largest contract foodservice company in the world, Compass Group. While with Levy, Marcie managed financial aspects for multiple contractual accounts for Sports and Entertainment dining venues and events including Super Bowl (XXXVIII) Village, Breeders’ Cup, and the most exciting two minutes in sports, The Kentucky Derby. Marcie graduated with a BS in Business: Accounting from Indiana University.
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Steven is an Associate for Venture First. Prior to Venture First, Steven was accepted into Techstars, the #1 Global Accelerator for Startups, with a company he founded, FantasyHub, a popular daily fantasy sports app. At FantasyHub, Steven was in charge of operations, fundraising, and contest/user analysis to optimize their gameplay ecosystem. He successfully raised over $1M in capital from experienced investors and led the company to become the fifth provider in the space. He has extensive experience in startup operations, early-stage business development, raising capital, and project management. Steven received his B.A. in Mathematical Economics at the University of Kentucky and has completed Level 1 of the CFA exams.
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Hannah brings a diverse background of accounting experience to the Venture First Team. She started her career as Assistant Controller to a startup ISP and development corporation. Eager to learn more and divulge herself in the start-up community, she moved her experiences into a role on the West Coast in San Francisco where she specialized in project accounting with Suffolk Construction. Hannah played a key role in the financial flow and support of many major San Francisco projects. She has experience working closely with owners, CEOs, engineers, and project managers. Hannah specializes in reconciliation projects, SOP foundations, efficiency research and cash flow management. Hannah received her Accounting degree from Sullivan University.
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Kim is the Transaction Analyst for the CFO division of Venture First. Before joining Venture First, Kim spent many years in the medical, insurance and retail fields, where she provided office management, bookkeeping, and a variety of other administrative duties. Kim is committed to exceptional customer service and enjoys the challenges and opportunities that come with growing and effectively managing a successful business.
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