ESPRESSO ROAST: MEET JYOTIN HANDA, ESPRESSO CAPITAL’S DIRECTOR OF FINANCE


November 4, 2016
Meet Jyotin Handa

We’re pleased to welcome Jyotin Handa to the Espresso Capital team as our new Director of Finance. Jyotin joins us from Maple Leaf Foods where he was a member of the company’s corporate finance and investor relations group. Prior to Maple Leaf, Jyotin worked with Ernst & Young where he led audit engagements for public and private companies.

We recently sat down over a cup o’ joe to get to know Jyotin better and hear what he hopes to do in his new role.

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Tell us about your experience before Espresso Capital.

I began my career in Ernst & Young’s Assurance practice. At E&Y I had the opportunity to build my foundational finance experience advising and working closely with, small and medium-sized companies in a variety of sectors like technology, food and beverage, and real estate.

I transitioned into the consumer products space by moving to Maple Leaf Foods where I held a unique finance/investor relations hybrid role. When I joined, the company was emerging from a long and significant transformation that resulted in a number of structural changes to the business. This gave me a rare opportunity to work at the epicenter of a leaner and refocused growth company. I was part of a broad set of “outside the box” projects that blended finance, investor relations, and strategic communications.

Why did you decide to join Espresso Capital?

It’s an exciting time in Canada’s booming tech sector! I wanted to join Espresso because they are well positioned in the market with a unique value proposition, and a strong track record and reputation of having real and meaningful impacts on their clients.

Espresso is still in its early stages, and there is a lot of upside and growth potential for the company.

What are your goals and short term priorities?

My highest priority is to soak in as much as I can about our current clients successes, needs, and challenges. I am focused on analyzing the operating environments and business models of the tech ecosystem and hope to leverage my “big company” finance background and training to help build on and support Espresso’s growth model.

What was your inspiration to pursue a career in finance?

At a very early age I excelled in math and problem solving, so it was a natural step to pursue a business degree in school. I know it sounds very cliché, but I gravitated towards the chartered accountant designation in school after seeing the evidence of all the doors the designation would open for me.

What do you predict will be the “next big thing” in technology?

It’s hard to ignore how close we are to the commercialization of driverless cars and automated drone deliveries. I can’t go a day without reading about the progress and investments being made by companies like Uber, Apple, Google, GM, etc. in this space.

In the case of driverless cars, there is significant upside in safety (fewer car accidents from careless/distracted driving) and efficiency (i.e. productive commutes, reduced need for parking).

In the case of drones, the experiments are encouraging not only for consumer applications and convenience, but also for emergency or relief applications, such as delivery of supplies to remote/dangerous areas, or surveying/relief in areas hit by natural disasters.

What is your caffeinated beverage of choice?

This is really boring, but my beverage of choice is black coffee. I start each morning with a fresh cup made from my French press (I’m trying my best to stay clear of coffee pods).