Joshua Westover

Takoradi, Ghana

Investor / Entrepreneur
Joshua's Skills
Business Development
Fundraising
Marketing
Sales
Background

About Joshua

While I definitely like the strategic planning part of startups and business, I also enjoy getting my hands dirty and be in the trenches with my teams. I am a people person who loves to build and grow startup companies. The base of experience I have comes from playing key management team roles in multiple Web-based software startup companies, including some which are noted below:

Zinch.com - At Zinch I worked for equity and a small salary wearing multiple hats including cleaning up the financials / accounting to help raise angel investment for the company, design our initial sales CRM that we built and deployed internally, represented the company at industry events / trade shows with the founders (My good friends), and helped engage / close some of our first clients. I am still a shareholder in what is now Chegg.com (Zinch was acquired by Chegg- all stock deal), and Chegg recently IPO'd.

Talent Acquisition / HR Recruiting Software Company- As co-founder, I was fully invested (cash, time and talent) in the company. I eventually filled the interem CEO role for the final phase of the company's life cycle before it was acquired by Neutron Interactive. I helped build our sales / marketing teams, established industry expert panels and our advisory board, managed our business development team for a time, was personally responsible for engaging and closing critical, early-adopter client deals with fortune 500 companies, including IBM and adidas, and helped attract $1m round of strategic investment from $1billion publicly traded company.

FinTech Software Company- At this company, I invested personal capital, and I filled the roles of Chief Evengelist, represented one of the early board seats, and handled Strategic Channel Partnerships. I helped design, attract and manage our talented sales / marketing teams. I was personally responsible for phase one marketing plan execution. I conducted all large webinars with our channel partners / clients. I was tasked with establishing and monetizing key distribution partnerships, and did just that. By the end of 2012, the company attributed me with bringing almost 1/3 of the company’s booked annual and projected revenue to the sales team from both the credit unions and banks that pay monthly for the company's software solution.

Work Experience

Investor

AztekArms.com

January 2013 - December 2016