Hibbard - Accounting - San Francisco, California, USA

Justin Hibbard

San Francisco, California, USA


Justin Hibbard has over 15 years of experience working with startups. He is a true believer in entrepreneurship and is passionate about helping founders build lasting companies. Justin joined Propeller from Robert Half International, where he consulted on accounting projects for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. Previously, he was Controller at Laurel Burch Artworks in Mill Valley, California, where he gained experience in licensing, manufacturing, and e-commerce. Justin also worked as a research analyst for a hedge fund, a mutual fund complex, and an investment bank.

In addition to his accounting and finance skills, Justin is a Certified Fraud Examiner and licensed Private Investigator. He has investigated dozens of cases of alleged financial fraud and has consulted with businesses on fraud prevention. He first learned financial investigation as a business journalist, covering startups, venture capital, and finance for publications such as Red Herring and Businessweek.

Justin is active in his community and has served as Treasurer and board member at Playmates Cooperative, a 60-year-old nonprofit, cooperative preschool in San Francisco. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and studied accounting at Golden Gate University.




Specialize in financial accounting for small to medium businesses. Develop accounting systems and processes for young companies. Manage daily transactional accounting and monthly close. Provide monthly reporting, analysis, and advice and continuous key performance indicators. Advise on financing and fundraising.

Work History

Account Manager

Propeller Industries

May 2012 - May 2012

Provide accounting and finance services to early-stage growth companies.

Project Accountant


January 2012 - April 2012

Consulting engagement through Robert Half International. Reconciled two years of merchant account records in preparation for audit. Developed new merchant account reconciliation procedures.


Laurel Burch Artworks

May 2011 - January 2012

Managed overall accounting and finance operations, including payables, receivables, inventory, payroll, fixed assets, month-end close, cash budgeting, financial reporting
* Redesigned accounting systems and procedures in NetSuite
* Analyzed inventory and cut operating expenses through SKU reduction
* Implemented forecasting and budgeting processes to improve cash flow

Staff Accountant

Robert Half International

January 2011 - May 2011

Provided temporary accounting services to RHI’s clients
* Helped the Jewish Federation of the East Bay prepare annual budget
* Reduced aging receivables and days sales outstanding for Reliant Claims Services


Playmates Cooperative

November 2010 - May 2011

Set accounting policies, prepared annual budget, presented financial reports to BOD
* Developed system of temporary restricted cash accounts for grants and donations
* Set up deferred revenue accounts and revenue recognition policies for tuition revenue
* Migrated all data from Quickbooks desktop software to Quickbooks Online


Specialized Investigations

March 2010 - November 2010

As a part-time independent contractor, investigated auto, workers' comp, disability, and general liability insurance claims and healthcare provider billing.


J.P. Hibbard & Co.

April 2009 - April 2009

Part-time business providing forensic accounting, fraud examination, and investigative services to organizations and individuals.


D.L. Price Investigations

March 2009 - November 2010

As a part-time independent contractor, conducted AOE/COE and SIU investigations of workers' comp claims.

Owner / Analyst

Quidnunc Group

August 2007 - March 2009

Provided investment research to institutional investors.

Research Analyst

Jefferies & Company

April 2007 - December 2007

As a part-time independent contractor, research stocks and prepared reports for brokerage clients.

Research Analyst

Charles Schwab

February 2007 - December 2007

As a part-time independent contractor, researched stocks and mutual funds and prepared reports for investment advisers.

Research Analyst

Kingsford Capital Management

October 2006 - January 2007

As a full-time independent contractor, completed two projects researching stocks and preparing reports for investment managers.



June 2004 - September 2006

Reporter covering financial services, venture capital, and startups

Senior Writer

Red Herring

May 1999 - March 2003

Reporter covering tech stocks, venture capital, startups

Senior Writer


May 1997 - May 1999

Reporter covering enterprise technology

Staff Writer


February 1996 - May 1997

Reporter covering enterprise technology


Infocom Group

June 1994 - February 1996

Editor for media industry newsletter

Qualifications & Certifications


Golden Gate University


University of California, Berkeley

Davis High School

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