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Building A Model

  • Actuals and Rolling Forecasts

    How the Standard Model uses historical financials and creates rolling forecasts.

  • Combining operational and financial forecasting

    Foresight's templates focus on using operational mechanics to forecast financials. Here's why.

  • How to communicate your funding sources and uses

    A key part of creating a fundraising ask is understanding and communicating how the money will be raised. A sources and uses chart is a fairly standard way to communicate it, and a summary of the key expenses helps to tell the full story. Here's how I do it.

  • How to create assumptions

    How to create the assumptions for startup financial models

  • How to model costs

    Estimating your cost budget is the first, and most important, step towards creating your financial projections.

  • How to model revenues

    How to model revenues using the top-down and bottoms-up approaches.

  • How to pitch your financial projections

    Startups often present their financial projections incorrectly. Here's why, and what you need to do instead.

  • Valuation

    Valuing early-stage companies can be more of an art than a science. Here I'll explain the basics behind discounted cash flow (DCF) and multiple-based valuation, and detail how they are implemented in Foresight's models.

  • Why build a financial model?

    Financial models can help entrepreneurs make critical business decisions. But it's more about the process than the result.