David Ehrenberg

Founder, Partner and Chief Executive Officer

David Ehrenberg founded Early Growth Financial Services (EGFS) in 2008 to address the lack of on-demand financial support available to startups. David’s passion for mentoring entrepreneurs, and helping early-stage startups to thrive, led him to create the integrated financial solution that EGFS provides, from day-to-day accounting to strategic finance, tax, and valuation support.

As CEO, David has overseen incredible growth at EGFS. His articles and insights are frequently posted in such prestigious publications as Forbes, Inc, VentureBeat, Huff Post Small Business, Yahoo! Small Business Advisor, Startup Nation, and more. He is an active speaker and event leader who presents regularly to founders and others within the startup ecosystem.

David has strategic and operational expertise in all areas of early-stage finance, including strategic planning, forecasting, venture funding, debt financing, and M&A. Prior to founding EGFS, David was the first CFO for Abound Logic, playing an integral role in building out the company’s finance and administrative infrastructure. Before that, David was a Controller for Microsoft, in a division that focused on creating new products and business solutions. Earlier in his career, David was a key member of the finance team at Extreme Networks and Voice Stream Wireless and VP of Finance for Radiant Research, where he was responsible for selling the company in two transactions and ensuring a successful exit for investors and management.

After graduating from Georgetown University with degrees in accounting and finance, David started his career on Wall Street doing mergers and acquisitions work for Deloitte & Touche. He went on to earn his MBA from the University of Washington.

While David’s focus these days is primarily on expanding EGFS’s service offerings, opening up new markets, and forging strategic relationships, he still relishes the time he gets to spend with enthusiastic founders, helping them to do what they do best.

Gadiel Morantes

Partner and President

Gadiel Morantes is an accomplished executive with 15+ years of sales, marketing, and operations experience. He has proven experience building and maintaining profitable business relationships with key corporate decision-makers and establishing large-volume, high-profit accounts with excellent levels of retention and loyalty. In his role as Vice President of Venture Banking at Square 1 Bank, Gadiel worked with entrepreneurs and startup CEOs, providing banking solutions and serving as an advisor and connector. His vast experience — both as an entrepreneur and working extensively with founders — has given him great insight into what it takes to forge strong partnerships and build successful companies.

Previously, Gadiel focused on business development for Moss Adams LLP (formerly Mohler, Nixon, & Williams) and Bowne. In his role as a business development executive, Gadiel identified new sales opportunities, developed pursuit strategies, increased new business generation, established sales and marketing strategies, and increased overall sales performance within these organizations.

Gadiel earned his BA in Psychology from San Jose State University, is an advisor and mentor to a number of entrepreneurs and startups.

Brian Young

Chief Financial Officer

Brian brings almost 25 years experience in senior financial management positions in early stage through late-stage companies, primarily in high tech. Prior to Early Growth Financial Services, Brian was Vice President – Corporate Controller of BigFix, a leading global provider of high-performance enterprise software and security management solutions where he was charged to build a public company ready accounting department and prepare for an IPO. Prior to filing, the company was acquired by IBM. His previous positions include being the CFO at MindBox, a worldwide leader in providing artificial intelligence enterprise software that automates complex business and decision processes. He was Senior Vice President of Finance at SBT Accounting Systems, an international manufacturer and distributor of business solutions software. In addition, he was an Audit Manager/CPA with KPMG.

His expertise includes applying financial and operational skills to guide organizations through rapid growth, turnaround, mergers and acquisitions, and start-up challenges. In addition, he is skilled in business planning/forecasting/reporting, financing, and directing the implementation of financial applications to position companies for growth.

Brian holds a BS in accounting from Michigan State University.

Ryan Johnson

Chief Operating Officer

Ryan Johnson is COO for Early Growth Financial Services, overseeing the output of and acting as a strategic advisor for all Senior Accountant support staff. Ryan also personally administers accounting support systems for client companies across a variety of industries, ranging from high-tech startups to eCommerce to boutique investment banks.

Ryan has a passion for supporting and growing startups into stable thriving businesses. His ability to understand and work alongside clients has helped him to successfully navigate his clients toward additional rounds of funding, M&A deals, and cash-flow positive operations. He is focused on building strong client relationships as well as scalable accounting support infrastructures, with a heavy focus on cloud-based technology.

Ryan has 7+ years of accounting experience and holds his B.A. in Accounting and Finance from the University of New Hampshire – Whittemore School of Business and Economics.

Anjum Tunuli

Chief Tax Officer

An accomplished tax executive, with over twelve years of experience, Tunuli has worked with successful small to mid-sized companies and their ownership groups. Tunuli also has a very successful track record representing taxpayers before various taxing agencies, as well as achieving great success for his clients by drawing on innovative thinking in order to understand the full financial impact of tax planning on his clients’ business operations.

Previously, Anjum Tunuli was working with an emerging company to determine tax effects of shifting operations outside the United States, which resulted in tax deferrals that allowed the company to grow rapidly and eventually exit via sale to a publicly traded company.

Dan Dato

Chief Marketing Officer

Dan Dato is an experienced entrepreneur and veteran senior executive of several venture-backed businesses. His passion has always been working with high growth startups. It’s something that started as a CPA for Arthur Andersen where he served as an advisor to the earliest internet companies and continues today in his role as Chief Marketing Officer of Early Growth.

Most recently, Dan was Co-founder and COO of Cross Campus, a globally recognized brand that is among the top “coworking” portfolios on the West Coast. Cross Campus, known as "the nerve center of Silicon Beach," is home to some of Southern California's hottest startups, while also hosting events with everyone from Elon Musk to Tim Ferriss to President Barack Obama.

His expertise in digital business has taken him around the globe, living in China & Europe, and includes leading The Motley Fool’s European operations (internet content, community & advertising) and founding a digital marketing strategy firm. Since returning to the US in 2004, Dan has developed products and built sales & marketing teams with TouchCommerce (SaaS e-commerce chat/IM) and Evryx Technologies (mobile search & marketing), while also serving as an advisor & mentor to several early-stage companies in the areas of product development, strategy & fundraising in a variety of industries such as publishing, education, internet infrastructure and mobile. Dan has helped his companies raise more than $75 million in venture and corporate financing.

Dan holds a BS in Accounting from Rutgers University.

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