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Standard Financial Model for SaaS

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Five year financial model template for SaaS businesses with prebuilt three statements - income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows - and key charts, summaries, metrics, and funding forecasts. Identical to the Standard Financial Model, easy to use for consumer, SMB, and enterprise SaaS, with cohort-based revenue forecasting.

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5 out of 5 stars

“Rebuilding our financial model starting with a Foresight template — and layering in Taylor’s consulting — saved me a considerable amount of time and resulted in a far more sophisticated model. Working with Taylor allowed me more time to focus on my business and my fundraising. I would recommend a Foresight template to any business owner.”

Eliza Blank
CEO, The Sill

Five year SaaS financial model template for fundraising and business planning for startups and entrepreneurs.

Identical to the Standard Financial Model, the model is easy to use for SaaS and subscription revenue businesses, and easy to add additional non-SaaS revenue streams.

Forecast revenues, operating expenses, hiring plans, cash and runway, financial statements, funding needs, cap table, valuation, and more. Creates summaries and key reports using industry-standard metrics to help you clearly communicate your business.

Made for founders, executives — CEO, CFO, COO, VP of Finance — or advisors, mentors, or consultants that need to create a model for an idea-stage, pre-seed, seed, A, or B stage company.

Prebuilt Revenue Model
Prebuilt Unit Economics
Custom Revenue Streams
Integrate any Revenue Model
5 Year Monthly and Annual Timescale
Hiring Plan
Operating Expenses
Inventory Accounting
MRR and ARR Build
CAPEX and Depreciation
Specific Input Expenses
Driver-Based Expenses
Category-Based Reporting
Consolidated Financial Statements
Business Segment P&L
Budget v. Actual Variances
Charts and Key Reports
Sources and Uses
Discounted Cash Clow Valuation
Multiple-Based Valuation

Prebuilt revenue model that can be used for SaaS, subscriptions, and many types of revenue models. Add in any custom revenue stream and use the prebuilt operational drivers to easy create new revenue streams.

Prebuilt to handle paid and organic acquisition methods, conversion rates, seasonality adjustments to growth rates, conversion rates, and revenues, retention and churn, any contract cycle and billing cycle (to handle contract and payment cycles), revenue recognition and deferred revenues.

Prebuilt to handle bookings and billings, MRR and ARR, and creates standard SaaS reporting charts (MRR movements, subscriber growth, and more). Here's an overview on how to model SaaS with the Standard Model.

The model offers an extensive structure for forecasting costs, allowing you to input specific costs, one-off and repeating costs using growth rates, and driver-based forecasts, calculating expenses from financial and operational metrics. Each expense line can be selected, through dropdowns, into preset (but editable) SG&A and Cost of Sales categories for reporting purposes.

Create hiring plans by inputting specific roles and hires, or let hires be determined by other metrics (e.g. employees in a certain function, users, customers, many more options).

Input all your expenses, and select the accounting treatment, and the model will handle how the expense is handled in the financial statements, as well as any resulting effects like depreciation, repayment schedules, and more.

The model creates consolidated financial statements - income statement (profit and loss, or P&L), balance sheet, and statement of cash flows - on a monthly basis, summarized into annual reports. Applicable worldwide, independent of GAAP or IFRS accounting methods. Equity, debt, and grant funding can be input, and creates sources and uses reports and burn and runway charts automatically.

Model handles corporate taxes and value-added taxes (VAT) automatically, with options for different accrual and payment schedules. Depreciation, accounts receivable, deferred revenues, and other balance sheet calculations have prebuilt logic, change if necessary.

Track actual financials by pulling in Quickbooks, Xero or other (manual data pull or requires third-party integrations) to create rolling forecasts and budget v. actual variances over different time periods.

Assign expenses and revenues to separate business lines and automatically create a P&L that details revenues, expenses and margin profile per segment.

Using the Standard Financial Model for SaaS

The Standard Financial Model for SaaS is identical to the Standard Financial Model, as the Standard Model works well for SaaS businesses by default, with no edits required, and is easy to customize for specific requirements for different types of SaaS businesses around growth channels, conversion funnels, and business model mix. The video above details the acquisition, conversion, retention, revenues, and billings structure and how to use it for different types of SaaS businesses, and you can read more at How to model SaaS using the Standard Financial Model

For an alternative, simpler revenue build for SaaS, consider the SaaS Forecasting Tool, which handles revenue forecasting only (meaning, it does not include expenses, financial statements, and the comprehensive view of the Standard Model).

Prebuilt Revenue Model, Easy to Customize

The Standard Financial Model for SaaS is essentially separated into two integrated components:

  • The financial core, consisting of the consolidated financial statements, operating costs, cash forecast, valuation, actuals reporting, summary, key reports and metrics.
  • The revenue forecast, consisting of the revenue model Get Started sheet and the revenue calculations on the Revenues sheet.

The revenue forecast feeds into the financial core through the Forecast sheet, which exposes the key integration points into the financial core of the model and allows you to feed any revenue forecast into the financial model without having to figure out all the integration points. Any revenue or expense items can be linked into the Revenues and Expenses section on Forecast. Any operational metrics (clients, customers, subscribers, etc.) can also be linked into the Forecast sheet, as well as any actual historical financials you may want to use. This process turns the typically hours-long process of customizing a model into minutes. Read more how to use and extend the model at Bring Your Own Model.

Driver-Based Forecasting

A key component of the model is the driver-based system for revenue and expense forecasting. Below details how that works:

  1. Model can be downloaded for use in Excel or copied to your Google Drive for use in Google Sheets. Can be used in Excel, Google Docs, and many other spreadsheet programs. One time purchase, updates automatically distributed for free.
  2. Any number in blue with grey shaded background is an input (i.e. an assumption or data point that can be changed), anything in black is the result of a formula. Change blue at will, change anything in black with caution. More on model formatting.
  3. All cells and formulas are unlocked and no macros are used - as in all Foresight models - so that you can make edits as needed and completely understand what is going on.
  4. All assumptions are illustrative ONLY, do not assume they are market data or standard.
  5. As with all templates, feel free to create your own model from scratch, using this as a guide

Questions, happy to assist, contact anytime. Documentation for many model features is detailed at Docs, I provide personal support through free email support and short screenshares and calls, detailed here →

I also provide custom model services for 50-100 companies per year, or check out the Talent Collective for other resources for building financial models, and contact me if you have any questions or specific needs.

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4.7
(120 ratings)

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David Libertalis

David Libertalis

Founder, Visii

I discovered Taylor’s Foresight thanks to OpenVC.app's high praise of his work which I must concur with. Not only is the model itself excellent: very powerful, flexible, and does what SaaS owners need, but above and beyond that, the speed and quality of Taylor’s support when you get stuck is exceptional. I would argue he undercharges for the quality of the product and service he offers. I highly recommend Foresight and Taylor, you won’t be disappointed.

4.8
(366 ratings)

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5 star reviews

86%

4 star reviews

8%

3 star reviews

3%

2 star reviews

1%

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Edward Abt

Edward Abt

Operator

Very impressive. Incredibly comprehensive. Taylor is quick to respond to any queries. Standard Financial Model

Eliza Blank

Eliza Blank

CEO, The Sill

Rebuilding our financial model starting with a Foresight template — and layering in Taylor’s consulting — saved me a considerable amount of time and resulted in a far more sophisticated model. Working with Taylor allowed me more time to focus on my business and my fundraising. I would recommend a Foresight template to any business owner. Standard Financial Model

Stephen Caggiano

Stephen Caggiano

CIO, Kobliat

Taylor's expertise in his field is evident, and he couples it with an exceedingly amicable manner. Taylor's work speaks for itself (the models are stunning!), and his insightful questions, lively discussion and ongoing support make working with him a pleasure. Standard Financial Model

Marcia Callaghan

Marcia Callaghan

CEO, Vallt

Worth every penny! Purchased the Saas Model two years ago, and Taylor *still* swiftly responds to every email any time a question or need arises. He is extremely fair + generous with rates for providing additional support throughout the customization process. Standard Financial Model

Robert Caveney

Robert Caveney

CEO, Schoolio

Very logically laid out and very flexible. Easy to "bring your own model". Lines can be inserted to expand the number of attributes, for example different operational metrics. And the support is great. Highly recommend. Standard Financial Model

Daniel Blank

Daniel Blank

CEO, Toggle

Foresight's model is very professionally constructed, thorough and flexible. It gave us the clarity we needed as an early stage startup to pitch investors with a solid understanding of our financial needs and possibilities. Thanks to Taylor's help and the model we were able to successfully raise capital for our business. Standard Financial Model

David Feinberg

David Feinberg

Founder, CrunchTime Solutions

Taylor's excel models are without question the best financial models. As someone who has done freelance financial modeling, I have a great appreciation for architecture and intuitive design. Taylor's work is amazingly powerful and customizable while remaining usable for those less experienced with Excel. Standard Financial Model

Ali Greenberg

Ali Greenberg

CEO, The Broad

Taylor worked with us to create a custom model perfect for our unique business that helped us start off on the right foot and quickly plan for growth. I couldn't recommend it more! Starter Financial Model

Chris Griffiths

Chris Griffiths

CEO, OpenGenius

Taylor provides a very detailed model. This was invaluable to us. The personal service and customisation work that was provided was of the highest level. We were up against a difficult deadline and Taylor worked with us to ensure this was met. We highly recommend the SaaS model, and personalisation work provided by Taylor. Saas Financial Model

Brian Howe

Brian Howe

CEO, Format Health

As a startup coach and repeat entrepreneur myself, I spend a lot of time in spreadsheets. The Foresight tools that I’ve used are easy to understand, modify, and, perhaps most importantly, the formulas are correct! Beyond the actual spreadsheets, Taylor is a wealth of knowledge and an incredibly quick communicator. He has gone above and beyond what I expected to deliver value. Runway And Cash Budget Tool

David Hua

David Hua

CEO, Meadow

Taylor helped us with our financial model when we were planning to go raise capital. He was fast to respond and even walked us through all the dependencies of the model. When it came time to update the model a year later, he was very responsive to help and adjust it based off of our product updates. It was a great experience and am super thankful for the assistance. Standard Financial Model

Erica Jain

Erica Jain

CEO, Healthie

Absolutely loved working with Taylor and Foresight as we built out the next iteration of our financial model - would continue to recommend him to any founder who is looking for a scalable financial model + excellent support with tailoring it to a company's specific needs. Standard Financial Model

Paul Jameson

Paul Jameson

Strategic Finance Executive

I couldn't have better things to say about getting additional guidance from Taylor to ensure I maximize the utility of the standard model when embarking on modeling some new (to me) complexities. Absolutely worth the price of admission and would do it again when I have other challenges to tackle when building a tailored strategic model for clients. Get Started

Matt Katase

Matt Katase

Cofounder, Brew Gentlemen

Anyone can toss together a quick and careless excel spreadsheet but what is it really worth if it doesn't truly tell the story of the business? Taylor took the time to understand the ins and outs of our business and helped build a flexible model that made sense. His guidance and work helped secure us a loan from the bank (who thought it was one of the best models they've ever seen). Custom Services

Alex Koutromanos

Alex Koutromanos

Analyst

Taylor was very helpful in helping me understand the nuances of a waterfall model. He is a powerful educator who cares about his clients. Cap Table Services

David Libertalis

David Libertalis

Founder, Visii

I discovered Taylor’s Foresight thanks to OpenVC.app's high praise of his work which I must concur with. Not only is the model itself excellent: very powerful, flexible, and does what SaaS owners need, but above and beyond that, the speed and quality of Taylor’s support when you get stuck is exceptional. I would argue he undercharges for the quality of the product and service he offers. I highly recommend Foresight and Taylor, you won’t be disappointed. Standard Financial Model For Saas

Michael Margolis

Michael Margolis

CEO, Storied

These templates are worth their weight in gold. Hired Foresight for a few hours to customize the template and we moved mountains. Best money spent! Standard Financial Model

Carl Pratt

Carl Pratt

CEO, Future Planet

There is a lot of information available on the web. Many tools solve part of the problem, some posts provide a small level of insight, others a slightly greater level. After 4 or 5 hours of research, I discovered Foresight. My only wish was to have discovered it earlier! This is the most effective, practical and well thought through modelling template. For such an important and foundational element of a business. to structure and optimise the agreements that are made at an early stage and forecast, with confidence, is a huge problem solved. Thank you!! Standard Financial Model

Matt Sand

Matt Sand

CEO, 3DEO

Taylor is my go-to for anything that has to do with financial models. He has the experience and perspective to help understand business challenges and develop winning business models. Standard Financial Model

John Sisson

John Sisson

Sr. Director, Finance and Operations, Livmor

Your model is outstanding, both from an organizational standpoint but also from a technical perspective (coming from a fellow excel nerd). You saved our startup considerable time vs. starting from scratch. Standard Financial Model

Hirem Umradia

Hirem Umradia

CEO, Zess

Taylor was extremely helpful and provided a service that far exceeded our expectations. The model was very well structured and I was able to modify it to my needs. Taylor helped me along the way to make sure I understood the model well. We had great feedback from investors, which is great because it was my first time putting together a financial model! Standard Financial Model

Aaron Vidas

Aaron Vidas

CEO, StrategyBox

Taylor's SaaS model has helped me quickly and easily build a financial model. It allowed me to easily capture the assumptions about my business model and discuss them with my investors. Allowing me to close a high six-figure seed round in record time. Saas Financial Model

4.8
(962 ratings)

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5 star reviews

87%

4 star reviews

10%

3 star reviews

2%

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0%

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Jeffrey Abbott

Jeffrey Abbott

Founding Partner, Blitzscaling Ventures

Taylor was extremely organized and made efficient use of time while covering a complex topic. He comes prepared with a wealth of tools and templates that allow one to continue learning and practicing independently after the course. Build A Cap Table From Scratch

Edward Abt

Edward Abt

Operator

Very impressive. Incredibly comprehensive. Taylor is quick to respond to any queries. Standard Financial Model

Beatriz Gandarias

Beatriz Gandarias

Investment Senior Analyst, Alta Life Sciences

Very useful, gives clear ideas on key concepts, specially for VCs that are so worried on how a new round affects exit values etc. and clear instructions on how an exit waterfall works. Fantastic models people can use to build own models in real life work. Cap Table Masterclass

Janet Bell

Janet Bell

Analyst, Canaan Ventures

Great class! Great instructor! You will leave this course feeling confident in cap table modeling and exit waterfall analysis from the very simple to the more complex scenarios. Taylor teaches you the concepts that make modeling easy. Highly recommend. Cap Table Masterclass

Eliza Blank

Eliza Blank

CEO, The Sill

Rebuilding our financial model starting with a Foresight template — and layering in Taylor’s consulting — saved me a considerable amount of time and resulted in a far more sophisticated model. Working with Taylor allowed me more time to focus on my business and my fundraising. I would recommend a Foresight template to any business owner. Standard Financial Model

Stephen Caggiano

Stephen Caggiano

CIO, Kobliat

Taylor's expertise in his field is evident, and he couples it with an exceedingly amicable manner. Taylor's work speaks for itself (the models are stunning!), and his insightful questions, lively discussion and ongoing support make working with him a pleasure. Standard Financial Model

Marcia Callaghan

Marcia Callaghan

CEO, Vallt

Worth every penny! Purchased the Saas Model two years ago, and Taylor *still* swiftly responds to every email any time a question or need arises. He is extremely fair + generous with rates for providing additional support throughout the customization process. Standard Financial Model

Robert Caveney

Robert Caveney

CEO, Schoolio

Very logically laid out and very flexible. Easy to "bring your own model". Lines can be inserted to expand the number of attributes, for example different operational metrics. And the support is great. Highly recommend. Standard Financial Model

Adam Corey

Adam Corey

Co-Founder and Operating Partner, Village Global

Taylor was remarkably helpful in taking the templated model and customizing it so that it worked for our specific and very complicated use case. It was a smooth process that would not have been possible with someone who was equally great at spreadsheets but lacked Taylor's deep knowledge of venture capital. Venture Investor Model

Daniel Blank

Daniel Blank

CEO, Toggle

Foresight's model is very professionally constructed, thorough and flexible. It gave us the clarity we needed as an early stage startup to pitch investors with a solid understanding of our financial needs and possibilities. Thanks to Taylor's help and the model we were able to successfully raise capital for our business. Standard Financial Model

Evan Diaz de Arce

Evan Diaz de Arce

Startup CFO

The [Venture Investor] model is very in depth and chances are, if you have an issue the model can handle it. If you do need to make modifications and aren't sure exactly what you to do, Taylor is incredibly helpful and responsive over email. He helped me make a few unusual changes to the model and even looked through my changes. Venture Investor Model

Mattheus Dias

Mattheus Dias

Head of Finance, Brighteye Ventures

Great course and format. Covers from the basics to more complex topics and Taylor did an amazing job on having a hands on approach as he didn't stick to the theory and was building models in real time. How To Model Venture Funds

Michael P Edwards

Michael P Edwards

Founder

Understanding the ins and outs of fund modeling is generally not a walk in park and can be convoluted. The resources from Foresight have been a huge help towards my learnings of portfolio construction, fund metrics and waterfall analysis. Venture Investor Model

David Feinberg

David Feinberg

Founder, CrunchTime Solutions

Taylor's excel models are without question the best financial models. As someone who has done freelance financial modeling, I have a great appreciation for architecture and intuitive design. Taylor's work is amazingly powerful and customizable while remaining usable for those less experienced with Excel. Standard Financial Model

Xavier Friel

Xavier Friel

Analyst, Plainsight Capital

Great course for understanding the math and logic necessary to model cap tables and waterfalls. This coming from someone who had no prior experience. Cap Table Masterclass

Laura Frishman

Laura Frishman

Corporate Strategy and Development, Picsart

Great course with extremely supportive instructor. We covered a lot of material in a very short span of time which was very impressive. I love that Taylor provides access to the material even after the course is done, allowing me the time necessary to fully absorb. Cap Table Masterclass

Gabriel Jarrosson

Gabriel Jarrosson

VC, Lobster Capital

Both the [model] and Taylor are amazing! Definitely recommend. Venture Capital Model

Abhijit Gadkari

Abhijit Gadkari

Investor

Excellent course to get all the basics covered to build a cap table! Course material and contents are succinct. Above all, Taylor did a great job explaining every single step of creating a cap table! I will highly recommend this course to founders. Build A Cap Table From Scratch

Matthew Gilson

Matthew Gilson

Partner & VP of Operations, Inicio Capital

Taylor was extremely helpful and put context to a lot of concepts we needed clarity on. Venture Capital Model

Ali Greenberg

Ali Greenberg

CEO, The Broad

Taylor worked with us to create a custom model perfect for our unique business that helped us start off on the right foot and quickly plan for growth. I couldn't recommend it more! Starter Financial Model

Steve Greenfield

Steve Greenfield

General Partner, Automotive Ventures

Taylor is able to quickly distill complex fund modeling techniques for the average user. I highly recommend this course for any first-time VC manager or analyst, and as a refresher for those who have been in the industry for a while. How To Model Venture Funds

Chris Griffiths

Chris Griffiths

CEO, OpenGenius

Taylor provides a very detailed model. This was invaluable to us. The personal service and customisation work that was provided was of the highest level. We were up against a difficult deadline and Taylor worked with us to ensure this was met. We highly recommend the SaaS model, and personalisation work provided by Taylor. Saas Financial Model

Lukas Grodl

Lukas Grodl

Legal Counsel, Purple Ventures

I thoroughly enjoyed the course! Taylor made it incredibly interesting, yet still managed to keep it simple. Even though I'm familiar with funds and excel, I found it difficult to model everything accurately from scratch. However, the free templates that Taylor provided were incredibly helpful - they pushed me to go further than what I'm used to. The workshop was also great, Taylor's "start small and scale" approach really helped me to understand and appreciate the models. How To Model Venture Funds

Evan Hamilton

Evan Hamilton

Founder/General Partner, Lilac Capital Group

Taylor is a terrific instructor who patiently walks through every model that he has built and thoughtfully answers all questions; regardless of how nuanced or basic. He is also quite generous with his time and additional materials, so the value of the course is quite evident. Finally, its clear how much he loves this material and will happily go on a tangent where you can nerd out about different elements of the course. How To Model Venture Funds

Simon Haworth

Simon Haworth

Partner, Tramsline Fund

This is training that you actually get to take home with you and implement - a rare thing in business education. Taylor is very good at answering project-specific follow-on questions and the course materials deserve proper attention: reading and implementing via spreadsheets. How To Model Venture Funds

Brian Howe

Brian Howe

CEO, Format Health

As a startup coach and repeat entrepreneur myself, I spend a lot of time in spreadsheets. The Foresight tools that I’ve used are easy to understand, modify, and, perhaps most importantly, the formulas are correct! Beyond the actual spreadsheets, Taylor is a wealth of knowledge and an incredibly quick communicator. He has gone above and beyond what I expected to deliver value. Runway And Cash Budget Tool

David Hua

David Hua

CEO, Meadow

Taylor helped us with our financial model when we were planning to go raise capital. He was fast to respond and even walked us through all the dependencies of the model. When it came time to update the model a year later, he was very responsive to help and adjust it based off of our product updates. It was a great experience and am super thankful for the assistance. Standard Financial Model

Robert Jacques

Robert Jacques

Venture Partner, Root System

Taylor delivers an effective and interesting sequence of lessons to model pre-seed, seed and letter rounds and the impact to outcomes by different instruments. I left the course feeling that I can absolutely model out a cap table for a series of fundraising rounds effectively and I have an excellent baseline with which to evaluate the result of different instrument choices when making tactical decisions while doing due diligence on deals. Can't recommend the class more! Cap Table Masterclass

Adil Jafry

Adil Jafry

General Partner, Ecosphere Ventures

Taylor helped me clarify my conceptual understanding of how the SAFE note terms are modeled, including the distinction between ... Pre- vs Post-Money Cap SAFEs. Cap Table Tool

Erica Jain

Erica Jain

CEO, Healthie

Absolutely loved working with Taylor and Foresight as we built out the next iteration of our financial model - would continue to recommend him to any founder who is looking for a scalable financial model + excellent support with tailoring it to a company's specific needs. Standard Financial Model

Paul Jameson

Paul Jameson

Strategic Finance Executive

I couldn't have better things to say about getting additional guidance from Taylor to ensure I maximize the utility of the standard model when embarking on modeling some new (to me) complexities. Absolutely worth the price of admission and would do it again when I have other challenges to tackle when building a tailored strategic model for clients. Get Started

Phil Joseph

Phil Joseph

Investment Analyst, Real Ventures

I really enjoyed taking this course. Very knowledgeable instructor, and access to tons of resources. I think it's also important to note that depending on your baseline knowledge, you may need to dedicate time outside of the course to understanding and retaining the concepts. Cap Table Masterclass

Matt Katase

Matt Katase

Cofounder, Brew Gentlemen

Anyone can toss together a quick and careless excel spreadsheet but what is it really worth if it doesn't truly tell the story of the business? Taylor took the time to understand the ins and outs of our business and helped build a flexible model that made sense. His guidance and work helped secure us a loan from the bank (who thought it was one of the best models they've ever seen). Custom Services

Geri Kirilova

Geri Kirilova

Managing Partner, Laconia Capital

Foresight's Venture Model was extremely helpful for us as we mapped out our capital allocation strategy for both existing and forecasted funds. The model is more robust than anything we could have built in-house in such a short time period. It provides all the information we want, from a portfolio dashboard to operating forecasts and financial statements for our funds & management company alike. Taylor's published guidelines make it very easy to navigate the model, and in case that wasn't enough, his customer support has been exceptional -- he is prompt, thoughtful, and generously thoughtful with his responses to our questions. We look forward to continuing to use his products and services. Venture Investor Model

Alex Koutromanos

Alex Koutromanos

Analyst

Taylor was very helpful in helping me understand the nuances of a waterfall model. He is a powerful educator who cares about his clients. Cap Table Services

Eugin Lee

Eugin Lee

Investor, Telstra Ventures

Great course for Cap Table 101. Taylor covered all the important concepts and explained them very well. Learned a lot - thank you! Cap Table Masterclass

David Libertalis

David Libertalis

Founder, Visii

I discovered Taylor’s Foresight thanks to OpenVC.app's high praise of his work which I must concur with. Not only is the model itself excellent: very powerful, flexible, and does what SaaS owners need, but above and beyond that, the speed and quality of Taylor’s support when you get stuck is exceptional. I would argue he undercharges for the quality of the product and service he offers. I highly recommend Foresight and Taylor, you won’t be disappointed. Standard Financial Model For Saas

Brett Long

Brett Long

Investor

This course was great because you could get real-world practice with a realistic VC fund model and work through some of the issues you would face in actually building your own from scratch. Very helpful for my growth. How To Model Venture Funds

Anita Ludwar

Anita Ludwar

Venture Partner, The51

This course did a great job building up to the case study - we started with fundamentals of modeling different investment scenarios and then progressed to waterfall analysis and a case study. Taylor is incredibly knowledgeable and makes himself available to answer questions as they come up. He also has a lot of helpful videos recorded to help with course work if needed. Cap Table Masterclass

Michael Margolis

Michael Margolis

CEO, Storied

These templates are worth their weight in gold. Hired Foresight for a few hours to customize the template and we moved mountains. Best money spent! Standard Financial Model

Connor McKenna

Connor McKenna

Portfolio Director, Pronghorn

Taylor leads a highly collaborative and instructional program which breaks down a higly complex subject into digestible and accessible components. I left the course comfortable not just with knowledge of the mechanics of a model, but the theory and "so what" context around cap table modeling and term sheet negotiations. Cap Table Masterclass

Luis Miguel

Luis Miguel

VC

Extremely helpful tool that saved us countless hours. Venture Capital Model

Cristin Mullen

Cristin Mullen

Associate, UCeed Investment Funds

I was provided the cap table and exit waterfall tool and instruction as part of the Canadian Women in VC Bootcamp. Modeling cap tables and waterfalls can be incredibly challenging, especially when there is a number of existing convertible securities. Foresight's tool was easy to follow and modify for use in a number of different exit modeling scenarios I have since done. Cap Table Tool

Kyle O'Brien

Kyle O'Brien

Venture Capitalist

Taylor is very clearly a seasoned expert and passionate teacher. The course is a great way to get your hands dirty building a venture model. I would recommend for emerging managers or those looking to augment their skillsets and up-level their thinking as it pertains to capital allocation, cash flow modeling and downstream impact of early decisions in fund formation. How To Model Venture Funds

Mark Otter

Mark Otter

CEO, Participate

I found this course to be very helpful and informative. Looking forward to building my first [cap] table! Build A Cap Table From Scratch

Dennis Pape

Dennis Pape

Cofounder and CE0, SeedFundersOrlando

Excellent coverage of modeling a VC fund both from a portfolio construction viewpoint and an operating viewpoint. Instructor interacts with participants in a workshop format and shows how excel templates work and impacts of assumptions. How To Model Venture Funds

Carl Pratt

Carl Pratt

CEO, Future Planet

There is a lot of information available on the web. Many tools solve part of the problem, some posts provide a small level of insight, others a slightly greater level. After 4 or 5 hours of research, I discovered Foresight. My only wish was to have discovered it earlier! This is the most effective, practical and well thought through modelling template. For such an important and foundational element of a business. to structure and optimise the agreements that are made at an early stage and forecast, with confidence, is a huge problem solved. Thank you!! Standard Financial Model

Camila Rivas

Camila Rivas

Investment Analyst, Anthemis

Liked the way theory and practice were presented. Taylor really walked us through a lot of scenarios, and was clear in his explanations and always open to questions. Cap Table Masterclass

Matt Sand

Matt Sand

CEO, 3DEO

Taylor is my go-to for anything that has to do with financial models. He has the experience and perspective to help understand business challenges and develop winning business models. Standard Financial Model

Sanjana Saxena

Sanjana Saxena

Fantastic tool Venture Valuation Tool

Thomas Schreiber

Thomas Schreiber

Partner, Korra Ventures

Fantastic course! Taylor not only explains the mechanics of how to model a fund well, he also provides valuable insights into the questions to answer so that the model will reflect the reality and be feasible to execute. Taylor encourages us to ask questions and patiently answered all of them, the shared model spreadsheets were also very helpful. I also picked up some spreadsheet formulae tricks. How To Model Venture Funds

Shanti Elangovan

Shanti Elangovan

Founder, inquirED

Learned SO MUCH from Taylor. The live sessions, examples, and assignments just really helped break down so many complex topics. Really appreciated the thoughtfulness Taylor takes in the course design. Cap Table Masterclass

Howie Schwartz

Howie Schwartz

Serial Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

Excellent course. It is a difficult topic to present as attendees will have different experience levels - and Taylor did a great job making this work for all attendees. How To Model Venture Funds

John Sisson

John Sisson

Sr. Director, Finance and Operations, Livmor

Your model is outstanding, both from an organizational standpoint but also from a technical perspective (coming from a fellow excel nerd). You saved our startup considerable time vs. starting from scratch. Standard Financial Model

Spencer Stensrude

Spencer Stensrude

CEO, Ag Ventures Alliance

Great resource for modeling venture funds. Taylor has probably seen more scenarios than anyone else, which makes him a great instructor for the class. How To Model Venture Funds

Jorge Torres

Jorge Torres

Instructor, Yale University

Taylor is a true expert who knows how to simplify complex concepts and communicate them with excitement and authority. As a guest speaker in my Maven venture capital course, Taylor had the difficult assignment of teaching the fundamentals of capitalization tables and portfolio construction in 90 minutes. He was fantastic! He covered a ton of material and patiently answered students' questions as they arose. He offered a wealth of free or easily-accessed resources, and he even stayed longer than he had promised so he could engage with students. Taylor collaborated extensively with me on the design of the session, and he was very well prepared to teach the class. I would definitely work with him again. How To Model Venture Funds

Tasnia Uddin

Tasnia Uddin

Operator

This course was amazing - it really laid out the foundations of learning a Cap Table and built up from there. I liked the scenario-style of learning, it allowed me to go over everything in my own time. Taylor's teaching also built my confidence by breaking everything down into easy to understand concepts. Build A Cap Table From Scratch

Hirem Umradia

Hirem Umradia

CEO, Zess

Taylor was extremely helpful and provided a service that far exceeded our expectations. The model was very well structured and I was able to modify it to my needs. Taylor helped me along the way to make sure I understood the model well. We had great feedback from investors, which is great because it was my first time putting together a financial model! Standard Financial Model

Aaron Vidas

Aaron Vidas

CEO, StrategyBox

Taylor's SaaS model has helped me quickly and easily build a financial model. It allowed me to easily capture the assumptions about my business model and discuss them with my investors. Allowing me to close a high six-figure seed round in record time. Saas Financial Model

Vince Vannelli

Vince Vannelli

Founder and Managing Partner, KPG Ventures

Excellent tool for conceptualizing outcomes of different strategies. Venture Investor Model

Zachary Weiner

Zachary Weiner

CFO and Advisor

There is no other way to put it; Taylor knows his stuff. From his financial model (which I have been using for years) to this course, his work always exceeds expectations. This course covers everything I expected and much more. The detail on SAFES, option pools, and exit waterfalls was the refresher I needed. Overall feel like I am now equipped for any cap table scenario. Cap Table Masterclass

Brian Weisberg

Brian Weisberg

CFO, Tidelift

Really well organized and broken down into steps that build on one another. Cap Table Masterclass

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Author

Taylor Davidson, Founder, Foresight

I created the financial models behind Foresight so early-stage entrepreneurs can spend less time on finance and more time on their products. I care about financial modeling because I believe that financial models can help us make critical business decisions even if the models themselves are not “always right”. Financial models can help even the earliest entrepreneurs if we build “minimum viable models” to focus on the decisions that matter most.

More about me
  • Started building models for startups in 2000
  • Started Foresight in 2008, full-time since 2014
  • Have worked with thousands of entrepreneurs and venture funds on financial models
  • Former NYC-based venture capital investor
  • Angel investor in 100+ companies
  • Experience in ecommerce growth and analytics
  • Former private equity analyst, strategy consulting associate
  • Former professional photographer
  • MBA in Finance and Accounting

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