It is evident that the business world is continuously changing and the resources are becoming scarcer. Also, as business trends keeps changing, there evolves a need to always bring something new to the table. Thus, this the contemporary corporate world needs creative change makers who can come up with new ideas and bring them into life. One such innovator is Kim Vogel who has made her mark as a successful leader in the finance and technology ecosystem. Kim is the President and Co-founder of BaseVenture, an award-winning software company that develops innovative solutions in the areas of financial reporting, data visualization, and process management.
Kim is a serial technology entrepreneur and senior executive with more than 30 years of experience helping companies finance, grow, and monetize their business. She has focused her career on building innovative, high-growth businesses with transformational products.
Prior to co-founding BaseVenture, Kim served as CFO of mFoundry, the industry pioneer and leader in mobile banking & payment solutions, which was sold to FIS in 2013, as well as CFO at a number of other high growth Bay Area companies.
Earlier in her career, Kim worked in investment banking focusing on the technology industry and as a Certified Public Accountant. Kim earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a former professor at Saint Mary’s College in CA and current Board of Trustees member.
Simplifying Fund Management
Kim’s persistence and determination to solve the most challenging problems whether in her personal life or in her professional life is part of her DNA. In her current role as Co-Founder and President of Base Venture, the company has become an innovative force in the alternative investment and wealth management industries. It is a cloud-based software company that develops innovative solutions in the areas of financial reporting, data visualization, and process management. The enterprise’s awardwinning platform, “FundManager.io” helps organizations simplify and automate how private funds are administered and managed. By providing users with data intelligence, reporting, workflow management, and document storage, “FundManager.io” radically simplifies the process of fund management and provides a platform that is intelligent, scalable, affordable and secure.
As a key innovator in the alternative investment industry, Base Venture built a modern, easy-to-use platform that directly addresses the industry’s greatest challenges. “FundManager.io” empowers private funds and fund administrators by equipping them with the tools necessary to radically improve quality of service and operational efficiency.
The following features offer just a glimpse of what “FundManager.io” has to offer, a drastic improvement for fund administrators that use the platform:
- Digital Dashboards: It displays dynamic key performance metrics for fund managers and their investors.
- An Intelligent Document Management System: It allows them to upload and filter documents based on industry-specific terms, thereby saving time when they try to locate specific documents.
- Investor CRM and Collaboration Tools: It simplifies how fund managers communicate with investors and reduce their overall reliance on email.
- Digital Workflow: Provides an engine that expedites the completion of key processes like capital statement preparation and cash management requests.
How Leadership is Defined?
Kim strongly believes that strong communication skills are a key driver for effective leadership. She explains, “Good communication is learned with practice. I think it is ironic that when these skills are more important than ever, the mediums for interpersonal communication are becoming more isolated.” According to Kim, leadership is all about motivating and empowering other people, which can only be achieved through powerful communication and connection.
Secondly, another trait that an effective leader should possess is one coined by Jeff Bezos as “high-velocity decision making”. Kim considers it the art of producing the highest quality decisions with limited information as quickly as possible. She feels that this shouldn’t be thought of as just a personal skill, but an environment that leaders cultivate. “Most decisions should probably be made with 70% of the information you wish that you had. If you wait for more, you are probably acting too slowly. Push forward and quickly course correct bad decisions because although they are inevitable, they are certainly less costly if reversed quickly.”
Lastly, Kim recommends surrounding oneself with the smartest colleagues that can help nurture and develop unique skill sets. She adds, “Building great companies is a team sport and you will never be able to do it by yourself. Always try to create and be part of your own ‘dream team’. It is not only a ton of fun, but it is what it takes to make companies successful.”