On this month's Good Money we have Nathan Chadwick, CFO at Airtasker – the trusted community platform that connects people who need to outsource tasks and find local services, which started in Sydney and is now going global. We talk about why sports (in Nathan’s case AFL) can be a great grounding for a successful corporate career, knowing when to cut your burn rate, pivoting during the global pandemic, the transition to listed company life and making your first international acquisition. Friday, 3 September 2021
Nathan grew up in Brisbane, which felt like the world’s biggest country town when he was young. He credits those small town origins and the influence of his parents for his strong work ethic, something that makes up for rarely being the smartest person in the room - his words, not ours :)
AFL to Airtasker
With a focus on everything sports in his younger years, Nathan credits the skills learned in navigating sporting team environments as an important springboard for life in the corporate arena. Nathan’s (non-football) career kicked off in the wonderful world of investment banking, spending more than a decade with Credit Suisse, ABN AMRO and RBS, working across Australia, Europe and the Middle East. He credits this as a great grounding to develop the financial literacy, communication and project management skills that have served him well as a CFO. Nathan and Ryan discuss some of the inflection points of the global financial crisis, its impact on the financial services industry and how it set the scene for the fintech boom globally. And how it led to Nathan’s first “start-up” experience, establishing the equity capital markets business for RBS in the Middle East.
Airtasker to IPO
Nathan and Ryan discuss Airtasker’s journey over the past 3 years since he joined, covering capital raising, knowing when to cut your burn, life in a pandemic and the fabric of teamwork that’s needed to navigate everything that gets thrown at you in a high growth tech company. And that’s before we even come to the IPO, shortly followed by Airtasker’s first international acquisition!
It’s a wild journey by any measure, with trust in your team critical to its success.
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