Viraj Parikh is a technology CFO/strategic finance consultant with over 20 years of multidisciplinary experience as a Chief Financial Officer, Director of Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), investment manager, equity & credit analyst, Big 6 accountant and board director. He is a Managing Partner in TechCXO’s Nashville, TN practice.
At TechCXO, Viraj partners with CEOs, boards, and private equity firms of early- and mid-stage technology and health care companies. He has been engaged in a CFO capacity with SaaS and e-commerce companies Pro-Vigil, Valify, iScribe Health, Soundstripe, 85 Supply, and EvidenceCare. Areas of emphasis include strategy, KPI/growth metrics, gross margin expansion, pricing and cash flow strategies, churn and customer segmentation analysis, and accounting.
Prior to TechCXO, Viraj founded Vailwood Capital & Advisory to provide CFO-level strategic and tactical services. His focus at Vailwood was on the consumer SaaS space, primarily helping a San Francisco-based meal delivery company grow its revenues by 5x to $15 million. Prior to Vailwood, Viraj accumulated a rich set of operating experiences: in education finance, real estate and technology as CFO of LEAD Public Schools, and enterprise SaaS finance as Director of FP&A at Edgenet, a private equity owned Nashville software company. He was also a board director at Valor Collegiate Academy, helping the fledgling school’s financing strategy around the acquisition of 2 large campuses.
Prior to 2013, Viraj worked for 15 years as a Wall Street investment manager and analyst, where he worked as a portfolio manager as well as a equity & credit analyst, learning the art valuation and risk through in-depth analysis of over 100 companies across various industries. Viraj began his professional career in accounting and consulting for Arthur Andersen in their San Francisco office.
Viraj received his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, and bachelor’s degree in Political Economics from U.C. Berkeley. He also trained at the Nashville Software School and the Dale Carnegie Training Center on Effective Communication & Human Relations.
Testimonials from Viraj’s Clients
Bringing Viraj onboard was one of the best things we have done this year. He is the first CFO we have worked with, so I wasn’t sure what the working relationship and value add would be. In a short period of time, Viraj and his team have generated momentum in our finance department by helping us fundraise, operationalize month end financial processes, implement Carta, and revamp our financial model. But beyond all that, Viraj has become an invaluable advisor who I lean on for strategic and operational advice. I trust Viraj, because I know that he always has the company’s best interests at heart. Viraj is more than a CFO – he’s an advocate, advisor, change agent and a great guy to work with!
– William Boeglin, Co-Founder & CEO at TimeDoc, Inc
Viraj is the kind of CFO you want on your team. His insights go far beyond finance and have been vital to many strategic decisions Soundstripe has made over the last two years. He’s not afraid to fight for the company and, when necessary, challenge the team for the overall health and wellness of the organization. I’m incredibly grateful for our professional and personal relationship with Viraj.
– Micah Sannan, Founder & Co-CEO, Soundstripe
Viraj has been vital to our organization as we have grown from a small bootstrapped startup to a venture-backed, global operation. He has helped us gain a deeper understanding of our business inside and out, keeping our eyes on the metrics and strategies that matter, as well as introducing us to his business network, which has helped Soundstripe gain several important business partners.
– Travis Terrell, Founder & Co-CEO, Soundstripe
I had the pleasure of working with Viraj for 17 months as he stepped into the role of CFO for Thistle during a period of rapid growth. His work was critical in providing the company with a solid foundation in all areas of financial reporting – which allowed the business to understand and act upon improving its core financial metrics significantly while scaling revenues by 4x and headcount by 2x. He was able to do all this while working remotely during this entire period. Viraj is an exceptional leader and his mantra is to serve his team, to create growth opportunities for the people in his organization, and to empower others to confidently make key decisions to drive success. His compassion and dedication are unmatched. Finally, I have experienced Viraj’s constant commitment to continued self-improvement and growth first hand. He learned an extraordinary amount about our industry in a short period of time. I’m confident he would be an asset to any team that he joins.
– Ashwin Cheriyan, CEO at Thistle