Meet the 8 chief financial officers leading 2019’s tech unicorn IPO spree

In the world of tech startups, the race to go public is often kicked off with the hiring of a chief financial officer.

The number-crunching, budget-setting finance exec plays one of the most important roles in the process leading up to and after the ringing of the opening bell.

It’s up to the CFO to forge good relationships with investors, analysts and other Wall Street constituencies. A CFO who knows how to “speak to the Street” can mean the difference between a blockbuster debut and a dud.

Just as important is the CFO’s fit within a tech company’s culture and the rapport with the chief executive. A good partnership can work wonders; a bad match — such as the Snap CFO’s 8-month stint on the job— will leave the company reeling.

With a mountain-high line up of extremely expensive private companies preparing for 2019 IPOs, there’s no shortage of interesting CFOs who are about to hit a major milestone.

These are 8 CFOs expected to take companies public in 2019:

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