Bringing a startup to life can be thrilling, challenging, exhausting, and rewarding — sometimes all at once. We should know, because the startup experience created airCFO.
Born From a Common Need Across Startups
Our founder Justin McLoughlin was an early employee at Apartment List, working as a Controller at the San Francisco-based start-up. When Justin decided to return to the Midwest, the remaining team didn’t have the time (or desire) to take over his back-office accounting and financial duties. Like many start-ups, they needed a reliable, scalable accounting solution — but it was still too early to hire a full-time CFO or controller. So Justin agreed to support Apartment List remotely, ensuring that accounting, payroll, tax, and bookkeeping tasks were fully and efficiently accomplished every month.
With that successful arrangement in 2012, Apartment List became airCFO’s first client. Since then, we’ve grown our presence from Silicon Valley to serving more than 300 startups across the U.S. today. When airCFO manages your accounting back-office, taxes, and acts as your part-time CFO, you get an experienced and trusted business partner from day one. To talk with Justin about how airCFO can help accelerate your growth, schedule a call today.
We believe companies should stand for something and prove it through their actions.
Values Drive Everything We Do
We strive to be a company where individuals from every background feel empowered, welcome, safe, and challenged. We work to build an inclusive environment that increases the participation of underrepresented groups in tech and encourages diversity of thought, knowledge, identity, and perspective.
In our industry, reputation is everything. We rely on our founders for referrals, continued business, and the ultimate success of our organization. The experience we deliver to our founders and our employees is a primary reason we’ve managed to grow quickly and become a leader in our space. And our willingness to be responsible and accountable for our work sets us apart, both as a service provider and as a place to work.
Go Above and Beyond.
We value helpfulness. Each day we ask ourselves, “How can I help make my coworkers’ and founders’ lives easier by taking an extra step?” Success is a collective goal — one that we share with our peers and founders. To get there, we take steps to do more than just the standard; we reach outside our roles and find ways to create impact across various parts of our organization.
Cultivate Transparency and Collaboration.
As a remote-first organization, we know that the only way to successfully navigate our workflows and interactions is by working transparently and collaboratively. We share work before it’s polished and complete to realize the benefits of additional eyes, early feedback, and proving our own output. By “working in the open” with others, we build trust and grow as professionals and individuals.
About air CFO
airCFO is so much more than an accounting firm; we pride ourselves on helping startups succeed. Our proprietary tech tools and dedicated team of finance, accounting, and people ops experts deliver optimized services tailored to each company’s unique needs. We partner with founders to demystify complex issues, steering startups clear of roadblocks from their Day 1 through to exit. Unlike siloed software tools or disjointed independent contractors, airCFO offers integrated specialized support and true finance leadership. Our hands-on approach means we rapidly add value as strategic advisors who understand the startup journey. Inside 200+ of the world’s top startups, airCFO takes care of the back office so founders can focus on driving growth.