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How Startups Should Report Financial Results

I asked Rick Eaton, CFO of Hashable, to write for you a sanitized version of some of the detailed reports that Hashable provides to its investors (which includes us).  He’s provided below a template for both the cover email and the detailed report.  Rick was previously CFO of ffVC portfolio company [...continue reading]

Value of Soft Assets

The indefatigable and ubiquitous Auren Hoffman, CEO of Rapleaf, posts his slides from a presentation on the value of soft assets ("connections, knowledge, and reputation"). I particularly like his analogy between alternative assets in the hard and soft space. [...continue reading]

Dot-Com Bubble, Part II? Why It is So Hard to Value Social Networking Sites

Less than three years after emerging from nowhere, the hot social networking website MySpace is on pace to be worth a whopping $15 billion in just three more years. Or is it? And is the much smaller Facebook really worth the $900 million or more Yahoo is reported to have offered for it? The problem, [...continue reading]

CFO Magazine on How Corporations can use Social Network Software

CFO Magazine on How Corporations can use Social Network Software:Six Degrees of Cooperation - Winter 2004 Issue - CFO.com [...continue reading]

Beating spreadsheet duplication blues

Don McDonough wrote in response to my blog post on tools to manage small project teams:It is interesting how we tend to always come back to the simple tools to get the job done. The ubiquitous spreadsheet is used in so many places where custom built software exists to do the job. The reason this is [...continue reading]

How a mathematical phenomenon can help you uncover financial fraud and other irregularities

How a mathematical phenomenon can help you uncover financial fraud and other irregularities: BENFORD'S LAW provides us with a simple data analysis method that can help us uncover possible input errors, potential fraud, manipulative biases, costly processing inefficiencies or other irregularities. [...continue reading]

How to Calculate Lifetime Customer Value

How to Calculate Lifetime Customer ValueSee http://www.clickz.com/experts/crm/analyze_data/article.php/3359611 for background, andhttp://www.zeromillion.com/excel/lifetime-value-profit.xls for a very detailed calculator.courtesy of Jeremy KaganJeremy Kagan is a New York City-based entrepreneur and [...continue reading]

Financial Management Training Center—no cost courses

Check out Financial Management Training CenterThis is a collection of finance courses. All courses are free and accessible from the web page. Course 1: Evaluating Financial Performance pdf | exe file | word - A concise overview of using ratios to evaluate financial performance. Supplemental [...continue reading]