Let's build financial models.
In 5 free lessons over 10 days I share what I've learned from helping 17,600+ early-stage entrepreneurs from 73+ countries learn financial modeling.
How-To and Tutorials
How to Choose a Startup Accelerator
You’re thinking about applying to an accelerator, or you’re picking which one to choose. Here’s what to pay attention to.
How to Pitch Your Financial Projections
Startups often present their financial projections incorrectly. Here’s why, and what you need to do instead.
Simpler is better: Why (and How) I rebuilt the Venture Investor Model
A brand-new v2 of the Venture Investor Model
How-To 1 of 3 - How to input your assumptions in the Venture Investor Model
Get started with the venture investor model by setting your goal and inputting the parameters of your investment strategy
How-To 2 of 3 - How to track your venture and angel investments
Explaining how to use the Existing Investments sheet
How-To 3 of 3 - How to calculate venture investment returns, multiples and IRRs
Explaining the methodology behind the portfolio calculations
How-to - Cap Tables, Liquidation Preferences and Exit Proceeds
Here’s how to create a cap table and exit proceeds waterfall. Last updated Dec 13, 2015.
Giving good advice is hard, and it starts with asking the right questions.
How-to - “What should I assume?”
How to create the assumptions for startup financial models
Best Practices and Resources for Financial Modeling
The best resources, templates, and posts about financial modeling and startups on the web.
Financials and Funding
What Metrics Should I Track?
There’s no secret metric to track, except for the metric that can tell you not just how you’re doing, but what to do. Figuring out what that metric is for you is step one.
The Business Math Behind Instagram’s Algorithmic Feed
Let’s look at the business equation underlying Instagram’s upcoming launch of an algorithmic feed and how it could impact their user metrics and advertising business.
The Zirtual Shutdown
What happened with Zirtual?
Employee Equity 101
A crash course for new startup employees in understanding how equity works.
Fundraising for Entrepreneurs
Slides from a talk about Fundraising for Early-stage Entrepreneurs I gave at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, Feb 14, 2014
More of the hundreds of posts I’ve written over the last couple years.