I was previously the deputy CFO of a US-listed Internet company.
My role included IR, M&A, but not FP&A.
I joined right after the IPO, and missed out on the lessons of take a company public.
We grew the company's stock price by 5x in 2 years, through non-deal-roadshows (NDRs) and M&A.
It was a hard slog but I've learned some great lessons on what to do and what not to do.
Mostly, the company was hampered by mgmt's lack of transparency and openness.
I think IR is given a bad rap, and it was a pretty fun ride.
I liked that what I was doing translated to our stock price, and consequently to my own equity's value.
Put on a good roadshow, and you might have made some real $ in your bank account.
I think M&A at our company was more difficult given how small we were, and how we were basically buying apps to bolt-on to our platform.
This seems like a decent role if you can get to a bigger company, and if you're in tech, with the high volatility and potential upside, can be super lucrative.
Happy to answer any questions!