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Welcome to another episode of Category Visionaries — the show that explores GTM stories from tech’s most innovative B2B founders. In today’s episode, we’re speaking with Fady Hawatmeh, CEO of Clockwork, an FP&A platform that has raised nearly $3 Million in funding.

Here are the most interesting points from our conversation:

  • Personal Pain Point: Fady’s background as an outsourced CFO highlighted the need for a more automated, accessible FP&A solution, leading to the genesis of Clockwork.
  • Customer-Centric Approach: Clockwork’s development was driven by direct feedback from clients, focusing on what small businesses truly need from an FP&A tool.
  • Competitive Market Strategy: Despite the noise from well-funded competitors, Fady emphasizes the unique, hands-on experience and genuine connection with the small business market.
  • Financial Growth: In its first full year, Clockwork achieved 5x revenue growth, demonstrating strong market traction and customer validation.
  • Vision for the Future: Clockwork aims to be the go-to platform for companies under $100 million in revenue, integrating all financial, payroll, and HR functions into one seamless system.
  • Mission-Driven Leadership: Fady’s leadership is rooted in a genuine commitment to solving real problems for small businesses, prioritizing customer success over short-term gains.

 

Actionable
Takeaways

Understand Your Market:

Deep personal experience with the problem can drive genuine solutions. Fady's background as an outsourced CFO provided invaluable insights.

Iterate with User Feedback:

Engage with your early users to refine your product. Trust their feedback but also leverage your own expertise to guide development.

Stay Focused:

In a noisy market, maintain focus on your core mission and unique value proposition. Ignore distractions from competitors’ funding news.

Build Genuine Relationships:

Prioritize genuine, customer-centric interactions over quick wins. Long-term success is built on trust and true value.

Scalability and Integration:

Plan for scalability by integrating multiple business functions into your platform, ensuring comprehensive solutions for your target market.

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