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Keith Van Sickle


Role and Company

Chief Financial Officer, Tensilica


25 years experience in management


Menlo Park, CA

About Keith

My entire career has been in high-tech businesses, in Silicon Valley and in Europe. I started in manufacturing, running an assembly line. I spent a few years in marketing and in customer service but have spent most of my career in finance. My last full-time position was as CFO of a company I helped launch and which was later acquired. Now I work as a part-time CFO to startup companies, helping CEOs build their businesses, and am also on the board of a local school. My parents were teachers and some years ago I started a scholarship in their honor in my hometown. I have an engineering degree from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard and I speak a little French.

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Keith's Recent Answers

8 months ago

Advice on building Logistics technical skills?

Hi John, You might want to check out the Association of Supply Chain Managers ( They have...

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one year ago

How can I use social media to attract customers?

I'll share my own experience in self-publishing two books, both of them successful. Maybe there are some tips that will...

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one year ago

How do I find publisher to publish my first poetry book that combines fiction with non-fiction?

Hi Roshan, A few years ago I wrote a book and asked a friend, a successful author, about finding a...

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one year ago

Hello community. I'm looking to change careers. I will be graduating with an MBA in December. Most of my classmates are going into consulting or financial services. I have a strong back ground in Operations, and I'm hesitant to go into consulting, largely because I have zero experience. Any insight or guidance will be greatly appreciated

Hi Lionel, If your question is whether you should go into consulting because so many of your classmates are doing...

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one year ago

Who is best for letter of recommendations for Harvard Business School

Hi Shawn, I'll echo what some of the others have said. First, focus on schools that best fit your needs,...

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