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Katherine Gaffney

Katherine Gaffney is a Fractional CFO, advisor, and investor. She is focused on high-growth, venture-backed technology startups.

Katherine Gaffney, is a Fractional CFO, advisor, and investor to several high-growth, venture-backed technology companies with proven success in leading organizational change through strategic planning, financial management, and operational improvements. Katherine has been providing consulting CFO services for over ten years and has helped many startups raise capital, optimize performance, and navigate growth. Some of her clients have included Family Style, Two Bit Circus, PlayQ, Hutch, ShopSpring, HopSkipDrive, Moxie, and Ozobot. She has also helped her clients’ acquisitions to Bankrate, NewsBeat, and Tinder.

Katherine’s CFO Services include Strategic, Financial, & Tactical Planning and Implementation, Fundraising, Scaling, P&L Management, Operations Support, Growth Management, New Market Development, Resource Planning, Investor Relations and Treasury. 

Prior to her CFO practice, the majority of her career has been spent in digital media and technology startups within larger organizations, such as Sony Digital Entertainment, 21st Century Fox, and Hearst Media.  She was Head of Finance and Strategy of a SAAS division of Hearst and guided their growth to 3x revenue, to $90M in revenue in just three years. At Sony, she had financial leadership of businesses within Sony Pictures of $170M in revenue, overseeing Game Studio, Mobile, and Connect Entertainment, subscription and pay-per based business models. Within her executive capacity, she presented financial performance and critical matters, and solicited funding for new initiatives from the Hearst and Sony executive teams.

Gaffney holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Business, a Bachelors in Business Economics from UCSB, and is a recovering CPA. Her passion is to create a better future through the use of new technologies in addition to promoting female entrepreneurship.