Francisco Gaffney

Francisco Gaffney – Investor

Francisco Gaffney uses his experience to assist him in choosing what to invest in, whilst making him an asset on advisory boards.

What’s your story?

In 2017, I started by creating the Cosmetic Consortium. The plan was to launch a globally certified organic cosmetics brand. I put together a board and even got an internationally renowned plastic surgeon to join us as a brand ambassador.

In 2018, I stumbled upon 19 property projects stuck in limbo because of funding issues. I rallied a team of experienced developers to form a board. We caught Goldman Sachs’ eye. They were so impressed they offered us €385M in principal funding.

In 2020, CPA Holding. We were all about sourcing, facilitating acquisitions, proving my skills, networking, and raising capital.

What excites you most about your industry?

I’ve dabbled in a lot of industries over my career, mainly IT. But here’s the thing – no matter the industry, I’ve realized a common structure drives business success: R&D, Finances, Sales, and Operations. Whether we’re talking about cloud-based SaaS or a local plumbing service, these four pillars are what keep any organization running smoothly.

What drives you in your career to push beyond what other people consider normal?

What drives me? Prosperity. I once lived at the edge of the Amazon rainforest, where the land is so fertile that bulldozers had to push back the jungle regularly to protect the town. Farmers thrived there, and it taught me a valuable lesson about leveraging resources for a better world.

What have been the most useful skills you have learnt and applied in your journey?

Curiosity, to me, is more than just a natural instinct; it’s a skill honed from constantly asking questions and seeking answers, something I picked up during my engineering school days.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received is to never put off until tomorrow what you can do today. It sounds simple, but it’s golden.

Who inspires you?

I’m inspired by people who share their knowledge freely. In today’s world of social media and easily accessible information, there’s no excuse not to learn something new every day or even reach out to experts with just a click.

For me, the ultimate inspiration comes from the ability to tap into the natural abundance of our incredible planet. It’s about asking myself what I can do to make things better around me, creating a positive ripple effect.

What have you learnt recently that blew you away? At VEBLEN, we see directors and investors as part of our customer base. Understanding the different pitches for investors and customers has been a game-changer for me.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?

I’ve learned to trust my instincts over conventional wisdom. It’s not always the popular choice, especially when it means missing out on social gatherings to pursue my goals, but it’s been worth it.

How do you unwind?

To keep myself balanced, I love taking walks, hitting the gym with my personal trainer, and making sure to take a digital detox in a new place every quarter. It’s my way of recharging and coming back stronger.

What is a major mindset change, belief shift or ‘ah ha’ moment that you’ve experienced in relation to your career?

There was a turning point for me years ago during a company reorg where job security felt like a myth. That’s when I decided to take control of my financial future, diving into the world of investment. It wasn’t easy, but it sure was freeing.

Everyone in business should read this book:

One book that has made a lasting impact on me is “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. It’s not just about getting rich; it’s the business principles that have stuck with me.

Shameless plug for your business or career:

These days, I’m on the lookout to invest in companies and serve on advisory boards. For those in the UK thinking of selling, let’s talk. And for entrepreneurs and executives, having an advisory board to bounce ideas off every few weeks can be a business propeller.

How can people connect with you?

Linkedin It’s my favourite way to connect with people

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This interview is part of the CallumConnects series.

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