Order In a Takeout CFO

Young companies have long been able to buy the short-term services of lawyers and accountants. Now chief financial officers are for hire, too

It can be tough for a new company to attract venture capital these days -- and it can be even harder to find a veteran chief financial officer (CFO) with the sort of expertise to handle the detailed planning and projections that must be pulled together before the company can start calling on prospective investors. Given the no-guarantees atmosphere of today's economy, nobody can blame a seasoned CFO for being reluctant to sign on at a young company.

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