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Facing facts and forgetting fantasies are vital to accurate forecasting for startups seeking outside investment. This highly practical blog entry provides eleven helpful tips for doing forecasts realistically and presenting them in ways that investors understand and appreciate.
Brief and focused, this article offers a solid outline of the questions venture capitalists and other potential funders ask before they show you the money. Only a well-prepared entrepreneur can supply the answers.
A straightforward article about the three options you have to collect a debt from a non-payer: write a final demand for payment letter, sue in small claims court, or sue in state civil trial court. In each case, you'll need documentation of your claim and your attempts to collect, not to mention the hardy persistence entrepreneurs are known for. Bonus: Links to several other resources.
There's a convergence in international accounting standards (GAAP vs. IFRS, mainly) that entrepreneurs with growing global interests might want to be aware of, as reported by this lengthy article. However, larger corporations seem to be the key players right now.
A leaner finance function will reduce costs, increase quality, and better align corporate responsibilities in finance and other departments. This article shows how CFOs can apply the waste-reduction principles of lean manufacturing to their challenges.
A venture capitalist explains how key performance indicators (KPIs) are best compiled and used. They should be straightforward covering financial items and people, probably no more than 20, tied to specific managers, and coordinated by the CFO. Sales should be handled as a separate category.
What's the best way to communicate with funding sources? Guy Kawasaki provides both best-case and worst-case tactics for tracking down and capturing the money you need to grow.
There are pros and cons associated with using a convertible note structure before doing a Series A round of investment. A venture capitalist explains the ins and outs with a brief, straightforward introduction, including blog comments from other sources.
For quick reference and review, present your board with a one-page summary of your company's finances at your quarterly meetings. Open-book management companies can use it for employees, too. This technique doesn't exempt you from standard financial reporting, but it does help key stakeholders more quickly see and appreciate the big picture.
Pulling legal documents from the internet may be quick, cheap, and easy, but keep in mind you get what you pay for. Sometimes more is less. An experienced, straight-talking start-up veteran provides three best practices about how to avoid mistakes, what you should pay, and how to negotiate fees.
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