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MaC Venture Capital
MaC Venture Capital

Strategic Operations & Finance Manager



Accounting & Finance, Operations
New York, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2024
About Safari AI
There are over a billion IP cameras installed around the world, and Safari AI's mission is to convert their video feeds in to mission-critical data, insights and real-time calls-to-action for their enterprise owners. Clients onboard their cameras to Safari AI's platform to get real-time, business-critical data like Throughput, Occupancy, Live Wait Time, Heatmapping Usage, and other metrics.
Safari AI's first vertical was serving the $64B global Theme Park industry, and is now serving 4 of the Top 10 global operators, including Merlin Entertainments (aka Legoland) and Herschend Family Entertainment; it expects to serve 7 of the top 10 by year-end. It's second vertical is the even-larger Live Sports Venues, where it is beginning to market its technology to stadiums and arenas struggling to understand which entrances, concessions, and retail outlets are operating inefficiently.
Safari AI was seed-funded with $8mm by venture capital firms General Catalyst and Initialized Capital (Garry Tan) and expects to raise its Series A in 2025.
Leadership & Culture
Safari AI is founded by a former Y Combinator founder with a meaningful exit under his belt. The company is headquartered in NYC where the Go To Market team is based and works from the office five days a week, while Engineering is distribute between North America and Brazil.
About You And How You Succeed At Safari AI
You're excited about building a product that hasn't been built before. You have a bias toward action when you are stuck but are not afraid to ask for help when you need to. You're eager to test new ways of doing things and can take advantage of the freedom an early stage startup can afford you. You are eager to engage not with enterprise clients and their customers on a daily basis.

About the Role
We have an exciting opportunity for a hands-on operations and finance pro to report directly to Safari AI's COO and work alongside the CEO. This is an essential role for the company and one where you’ll be able to drive mission-critical day-to-day business operations and support on the company’s most pressing strategic initiatives to help scale the business.

The CEO and COO are based in New York City and come to the office every day along with other teammates on the GTM team. This role would be expected to work from the Safari AI's midtown Manhattan office at least 4x/week.

What you will be working on Weekly Basis

  • Lead and support essential business operations functions, including but not limited to Finance, Vendor Management, People Ops, and other Business Operations functions
  • Set the company up for scale as it approaches a multi-million dollar ARR level
  • Manage the company model and budget
  • Partner with internal stakeholders and help drive customer relations as renewal and expansion opportunities present itself
  • Contribute to Technical Operations, specifically working with the company's outsourced partners to label and QA client data
  • Lead the response to RFIs and RFPs where the company believes it has a high chance of winning
  • Help manage key vendor relationships and search for redundancies and savings opportunities as we outgrow existing vendors
  • Assist in future fundraising efforts

Requirement for the Role

  • Undergraduate degree from a top 30 university
  • 3+ years of experience in Finance, Management Consulting, or similar Operations / Finance / Strategy leadership position at a early- or mid-stage startup, preferably in Enterprise SaaS
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Bias for action with strong ability to multitask
  • Available to travel on an occasional but not frequent basis

Why bet on Computer Vision and Safari AI?
1. Huge industry hiding in plain sight: leveraging already-installed cameras to automate and real-time action on operational data
2. Large chasm between customer knowledge and market availability, i.e. customers don't know what is available in the market...yet.
3. No clear industry leader in computer vision; everyone is small and unbranded (i.e. no Amazon or Google in the room to compete with)
4. Very modular, allowing Safari AI and its customers to invent whole new use cases on a regular basis
5. Safari AI has developed the tech and data pipelines over three years and invested several million dollars and is now ready to scale
6. Safari AI is already the market leader in enterprise applications CV by working with industry leaders with billions in revenue