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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

19 days ago

I want to be an accountant but have a few questions...

Hello Lt. Anders, One thing that struck me about your question is that you said you "realized recently" that you ...

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4 months ago

Trying to find the right career path

Your background seems a good fit for the position of financial analyst in a company. You have the necessary accounting...

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8 months ago

Are there any Upwork mentors?

Hi Harry, I've used Upworks a few times as a client but don't have experience creating profiles. What I would...

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10 months ago

Informal Interviews: Dos and Don'ts

Hi Harry, You've got most of this covered so I won't repeat the good advice you've already received. I'll just...

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11 months ago

How to best transition into first job in the business sector?

Hi Lindsay, One great way to get a sense of what different jobs are like is by conducting what are...

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