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Karl Laughton

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Finance, Etcetera, Insightly. University of California, Davis grad.

Finance, Etcetera, Insightly. University of California, Davis grad.

8 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Data Science
  • Fundraising
  • Growth
  • Marketing
  • Operations
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Data Science
  • • Fundraising
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing
  • • Operations

Involved In




Finance, Etcetera Insightly January 2015 - present
VP of Finance Insightly September 2016 - present
Acting Head of Finance, Etcetera Insightly January 2016 - September 2016
FP&A Manager (First Finance Hire), Etcetera Insightly January 2015 - January 2016
Manager, Corporate Development Finance Cisco October 2012 - January 2015
Manager, Corporate Development Finance Cisco Systems October 2012 - January 2015
Director of Business Development SCVSEFA December 2010 - December 2014
Senior Analyst, Corporate Development Finance Cisco March 2011 - October 2012
Senior Analyst, Corporate Development Finance Cisco Systems March 2011 - October 2012
Analyst.Finance.III, S-OX PMO Cisco April 2010 - March 2011
Analyst.Finance.III, S-OX PMO Cisco Systems April 2010 - March 2011
Analyst.Finance.I, Business Intelligence Cisco July 2009 - April 2010
Analyst.Finance.I, Business Intelligence Cisco Systems July 2009 - April 2010
Financial Analyst Intern Cisco June 2008 - September 2008
Financial Analyst Intern Cisco Systems June 2008 - September 2008


General Assembly Advanced SQL, VBA, Tableau 2015 - 2015
Investment Banking Institute Intensive financial modeling and valuation training program 2011 - 2011
University of California, Davis Economics 2005 - 2009
Reforge - Growth Series 2016 - 2016

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Full Stack Engineering
Advisor With
  • • Fundraising
  • • Product Development
  • • Software Engineering Leadership
Markets of Interest
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Enterprise Software

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

Recently left corp dev join a series C funded start-up as an operator and am loving it!

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

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Kevin Goldberg
They're my friends
Karl is one of (if not the most) driven person I know. He also takes advantage of this drive and jumps on a great opportunity when he sees o ... ne. Through his work with Cisco M&A, he has an excellent scope of the startup industry, valuation, and funding.
Daniel Helmhold
They're my friends
Karl is committed and knowledgeable and brings both strong concepts and capable execution to the table. Excited to see the evolution of his ... future projects.
Matt Kaplan
They're my school
Karl has a unique way of understanding complex situations and distilling them into simple ideas. This is best understood when looking at his ... ability to solve problems by tacking an issue from many different angles and ultimately coming to an elegantly simple solution. This creativity works well from both a development and execution standpoint. In addition he is a very caring individual and I trust him as both a friend and business man.
Zach Prieston
We worked together
My first impression of Karl when I met him at UC Davis was that this is a guy who is going to do whatever it takes to succeed in all areas o ... f his life and that impression has not changed since. Karl was the president of our Fraternity and as a result of his leadership and hard work, our fraternity was awarded with "Most Improved Chapter" in the nation. Karl is extremely passionate and driven about his career and as a person, friend and entrepreneur is one of the best and admirable guy I know. After being fortunate to work with him over the summer and seeing how passionate he is about his company, I have no doubt that he will extremely successful and look forward to the day that his company takes off.
Michael Keba
They're my friends
When Karl wants something, he rearranges the universe to get it. He's a natural born leader who has consistently challenged himself to apply ... his talents in both his personal and professional life for the 7 years I've known him. I'd follow Karl into battle for just about any business venture he could choose to undertake, where I believe I'd be joined by most others who know him well... which is why Karl will kill it as an entrepreneur.
Kevin Yip
They're my school  •  Co-Founder, Blueboard Inc. Previously Assurance Associate, Price Waterhouse Coopers. University of California, Davis grad.
Karl has personally advised me on how to traverse the bureaucracy, operational challenges, and decision-making process of large enterprise. ... His experience at Cisco working through finance and business development gives him insight that entrepreneurs like myself aren't privy to. A straight shooter who wants to help, Karl is one of my go-to people when I need intelligent and 'no bullshit' advice.
Taylor Smith
We worked together  •  CEO & Co-Founder, Blueboard Inc. Previously CEO & Co-founder, Ruby Wallet, Inc.. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Because he's a proven hustler with great experience, and a unique viewpoint on things. He would be a badass advisor to any team.
Taylor Smith
They're my friends  •  CEO & Co-Founder, Blueboard Inc. Previously CEO & Co-founder, Ruby Wallet, Inc.. University of California, Berkeley grad.
He's a hustler, works super hard and sticks up for what he believes in. He went to bat for us at Cisco, involving tons of senior management ... in pushing a deal through for our startup. Highly recommended.

Daniel Helmhold
They're my friends
Sales experience at Google coupled with an international MBA has turned Daniel into a very impressive product manager at Kabam. For obvious ... reasons, his skill sets and background translate very easily into the startup market.