Client Testimonials

When you work with BrightIron, you gain access to the collective experience of the entire BrightIron team, as well as to our network and industry contacts. We have worked with many successful entrepreneurs and growth technology companies, and below is a sampling of what our network has to say about their experience with the BrightIron team.

Clinton Robinson

Co-Founder, CEO, Lane

“Brightiron was with us from seed round to acquisition, an instrumental partner to have along the way.”

Jonathan Spinks

Co-founder and CEO, Sourced Group

“As a first time founder/CEO, I really valued the opportunity to work with Wilson and the BrightIron team. They were there to help us navigate some critical milestones in our company journey – our first capital raise of $20M, our international expansion (Sydney, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, US) and finally our sale to Amdocs. They definitely become a “Trusted Advisor” to Sourced Group.”

Matt Cahill

VP, Finance & Business Operations, Deep Genomics

“After we raised our seed round it became clear that we needed more support with accounting and bookkeeping. The team at BrightIron quickly put in place the processes that we needed and has been a valuable partner ever since. They have seamlessly integrated with our company and are a pleasure to work with. Knowing that they’re looking after the books has allowed us to focus more of our time and energy on building the business.”

Dave Rai

CEO, Nymi

“Brighton worked with us over a period of four years through multiple financing rounds and the eventual sale of the business. They were knowledgeable, professional and effectively led the finance function at Nymi. They were responsive and provided the financial transparency required to drive decision making. I would welcome the opportunity to work with them again. ”

Saqib Muhammad

Co-Founder & COO, Resemble

“I called on BrightIron when our Bookkeeping needs became too large for us to continue to do in-house. BrightIron was able to come in and seamlessly take over our finance function and implement the necessary processes to ensure we can scale. They have given me the comfort of knowing that our financial reporting is taken care of so that I can focus my time on continuing to grow my business. ”

Jamie Schniederman

CEO, Clearfit

“BrightIron’s CFO advisory services are ideal for any growth technology company looking to tap into a team of experienced high tech CFOs without having to bring on a full time CFO. The insights and value that Wilson Lee has brought to my company as our CFO has been tremendous. I would highly recommend BrightIron to any of my fellow tech CEOs looking to get more from their investment in the finance function.”

Kseniya Welzel

Controller, Funday

“Funday Agency has had a great experience working with BrightIron. As a new start-up with lots of  moving pieces, BrightIron was very flexible and accommodating with our on-going needs and changes. The team was very efficient  and had a great sense of urgency. There was no need to worry about every day bookkeeping and making sure all every day accounting was well taken care of. BrightIron set the company up for success and we highly recommend their services to anybody who is considering.”

Ashley Gomes

Director, Finance, HiMama

“We brought in the BrightIron team during a period of growth and transition at the Company. The BrightIron team executed flawlessly to support the company with our financial operations. The team was attentive to our needs and recommended solutions to address any issues identified. Given the opportunity, I would work with the team at BrightIron again.”

Jeff Brenner

CEO, Pressly

“We have worked with bookkeepers and advisors in the past but decided to continue working with BrightIron as I was impressed by their thorough understanding of the unique needs of a growing tech company. If you are running a SaaS business and thinking of working with an outsourced bookkeeping firm, you should definitely check them out. They bring so much more business insight than your typical bookkeeper.”

David Carney

Co-Founder, CEO, Tailscale

“BrightIron was our first finance partner at Tailscale. They built a strong finance function with a foundation to be able to support our growth from pre-seed to post Series-A. I’ve appreciated their responsiveness and focus on quality. This is actually the second company at which I’ve worked with BrightIron and they’d be my first call if I ever need another accounting firm to work with again in the future.”

Nicole Verkindt

Founder & CEO, OMX/CEO, Buggy

“I have worked with the BrightIron team twice. In the first instance, the team owned the financial reporting and forecasting processes at OMX. They were able to advise and grow with us over a period of 5 years until we eventually sold. They were an indispensable part of our team at OMX. When I became the CEO at Buggy, I immediately called BrightIron again to be my finance partner as I value their insight and start-up tech experience.”

Alex Baker

Partner, Relay Ventures

“We are big fans of the team at BrightIron and their ability to add value to our portfolio of investee companies. The combined background and experience are unparalleled in the tech community. As an investor it is an easy decision to recommend and refer BrightIron to our investee CEO’s.”

Robin Axon

Partner, Mantella Ventures

“Wilson has been the CFO at a number of successful companies within and beyond the Ventures West portfolio. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Wilson through several of these roles as well as alongside Wilson as an Executive in Residence (EIR) with Ventures West. Wilson’s experience extends well beyond finance and operational leadership as he’s also played a significant role in the M&A process for some of these companies as well. Wilson truly has a unique set of experiences and skills that will add tremendous value and support to CEOs dealing with any number of the ‘hard things’ that are involved with building a successful technology company.”

Eric Zimmerman

Co-founder & CEO, EMN

“BrightIron has been a key part of our team. They have enabled us to grow without having to worry about our financials. Our Bookkeeper and Controller have been extremely helpful and responsive and have advised us in various areas of the business. Their experience shines through when working with them.”

Eric Goodwin

CEO, FloNetwork Inc. and Fortiva Inc.

“I was fortunate enough to lead FloNetwork (sold to DoubleClick 2001) and Fortiva (sold to Proofpoint 2008). Both were successful exits with premium valuations. Wilson was my right arm, for both of these success stories, he showed leadership, insight, and strong communication skills, which provided me with CFO competence, and a clear and unfiltered view on financial and operational matters that continuously helped define smarter decisions, and optimization of resources. Wilson was also the most highly prepared and successful negotiator I have ever encountered. If he were a movie he would get top reviews, he is a 5 star performer.

In my experience, the CFO role is typically managed by the CEO and is one of the last hires in the management team. I have seen this over and over with many small companies, trying to manage expenses by delaying the hiring of a senior financial person during the start-up phase. Wilson Lee can provide that expertise in an On-Demand model, and provide his 15 years of start-up experience and increase the probability of success more than any other start-up hire.“

Robert Mimeault

interim CEO, LiveClips

“I was looking for more than just a CFO to help me deal with the growth issues at LiveClips. I was looking for a business partner with start-up, strategy, business development, financial management, and financing/deal experience to help me with LiveClips. Wilson Lee was referred to me by a highly trusted colleague and mentor of mine. His role in closing a $5.75M strategic investment and commercial partnership with both DIRECTV/NFL Sunday Ticket and IMG Worldwide was critical. All aspects of the transaction were well understood, measured and negotiated throughout the whole process. His experience in this area provided LiveClips with credibility, professionalism and a successful close of the deals.”

Vince O’Meara

Co-Founder, Mazooma

“Having worked with Wilson at Mazooma, I can say that he has a keen understanding of what it takes to drive a startup to the next level. Wilson has the passion and intensity level that is needed for startups and the ability to bring strategic thinking into practice and execution.”

Carlo Perez

Co-Founder, CEO, Swift Medical

“We outsourced our entire finance team to BrightIron and I’m glad we did. They implemented the processes required to have a strong financial reporting foundation and continued to evolve the finance function and processes as the Company grew. BrightIron grew with us from a small seed company with 5 employees through to our Series B when we had over a hundred people on our team. Their tech start-up experience shines through. They were a key part of our growth strory.”

Robert Treumann

Co-Founder & CEO, eScribe

“BrightIron was instrumental in our early days in working with us to provide the financial transparency that I required to drive financial decision making. They were a part of our growth journey and were able to continue to support us through our eventual sale. I would welcome the opportunity to work with the BrightIron team again in the future.”

Rob Segal

CEO, WorldGaming

“Mandeep was a key member of my management team at WorldGaming. He brought a level of financial insight that was critical in ensuring the Company made decisions knowing the associated financial impact. His ability to analyze, strategize, and execute were critical to the Company’s rapid growth and success. I would welcome the opportunity to work with him again.”

Peter LaMantia

Founder and CEO, Authentic Web

“I worked with Mandeep at a time when our Company had just made a large acquisition which I was tasked to integrate and grow. Mandeep was a key member of the due diligence team on the transaction. Subsequent to the transaction, I leaned on Mandeep to understand the Company’s metrics and financials as we transitioned the customers to our platform. Mandeep is great to work with and always delivers. His insight and support was critical to the success of the business and customer integration project.”

Suzanne Gratch

VP, Finance, BlueJ

“Finance is an integral part of any organization and Brightiron was there to help Blue J fulfill this function while it searched for a full time VP of Finance. When I joined Blue J as its new VP of Finance, I relied on the Brightiron team to bridge the gap while I settle into my new role and build out our own internal finance team. BrightIron was there to provide support and ensure a smooth transition. I appreciate their openness and professionalism throughout the whole process. I would work with BrightIron again, given the opportunity. ”

Yolanda Ho

Sr HR & Operations Manager, Seamless

“We’ve been working closely with the BrightIron team to manage our Bookkeeping and assist with special projects. We switched to BrightIron from another firm and immediately noticed the positive impact in working with BrightIron. The team has been responsive to our needs, has adapted to our business, and has been able to advise us in a number of finance related areas. I would not hesitate from recommending them to others.”

Ian Sharpe

CEO, Azubu

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Mandeep. I have found him to be a great strategic partner and trusted advisor. I brought Mandeep into the Company to be our fractional CFO as I was previously unable to get transparency around our financials and for a start-up organization understanding your cash situation is mission critical. In a relatively short period of time, Mandeep was able to come into a rapidly growing company and develop the structure and processes required from our Finance organization in order to provide the entire management team and investors with a high degree of visibility and improved accuracy around our financial information. During Mandeep’s time as our CFO the Company has increased its user base 10x and has more than doubled our workforce.”