486: Counting Your Customer Success Milestones | Matthew Fahy, CFO, FinFit

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When Matt Fahy identifies the opportunities that have punctuated his finance career, he credits subscription revenue models as having played a recurring role along the trajectory that has led to multiple CFO tours of duty. For Fahy, it all began with a move to New York City, where he was soon serving one of the media world's most coveted clients: the Newhouse family (owners of a string of newspapers and Condé Nast publishing).

"Being a private, family-owned business, their concerns were really about safeguarding their assets and monitoring their taxes," explains Fahy, whose lines of sight into the house of Newhouse were bestowed upon him by his employer, Paul Scherer & Company, a boutique New York CPA firm. Fahy would continue to serve media clients when, in the mid-1990s, he jumped to KPMG's Information, Communications, and Entertainment (ICE) practice, where he acquired an entrepreneurial itch and soon entered the world of dotcom start-ups. He would serve as CFO for Public Access Technologies and QualityClick.com, Inc., before logging a lengthy CFO tenure at AgilQuest, a workplace management SaaS software company.

It was at AgilQuest that Fahy would fine-tune his approach to customer-centric finance by standardizing the collaborative cross-functional practices that today underpin the customer-serving platform that many call "customer success." ¤

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