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What Is a Balance Sheet?

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Now that we’ve had a general overview of the balance sheet, let’s take a deeper look at the information a balance sheet should include.

Overview of Balance Sheet and Statement of Cash Flows

Feld Thoughts

These deposits increase the checking account balance and also the equity accounts, and results in a solvent company and a decent starting bank balance.

Are balance sheets or profit and loss statements necessary to produce for early stage startups with no revenue?


Invested Interests balance sheets entrepreneur funding investors loss statements profit statements revenue startup Investors absolutely need to know the specific financial status of a company before they invest, because they are going to be part owners of the business.

Hate Accounting? Pay More Attention to Your Balance Sheet Anyway

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The lowly balance sheet can be one of your most important business tools

Cash Policies for Startups

Feld Thoughts

I heard a rumor on a call the other day that some startup companies are starting to keep balance sheet cash in higher yield instruments such as corporate debt. This is apparently becoming trendy again as private companies do $25m+ rounds and end up with a bunch of cash on their balance sheets. Be careful out there.

The Entrepreneur’s Accounting Cheat Sheet

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Financial Literacy

Feld Thoughts

The Balance Sheet. An inability to read the Balance Sheet, P&L, and Cash Flow statements. A lack of understanding of how the Balance Sheet, P&L, and Cash Flow statements fit together. Financial Statements balance sheet cash flow financial statements GAAP income statement p&l

Elon Musk Wants to Raise $1 Billion Ahead of the Model 3 Launch

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In a press release, Tesla says it intends to use the funds to strengthen its balance sheet and reduce risk

Bank Balance Accounting

Mike Michalowicz

We don’t have the time to do the complex stuff, so we revert to Bank Balance Accounting. The question is, do you know how to read them? Kinda.

Sayahh’s Financial Statements For August 2011

Feld Thoughts

Today, we’ll look at the impact of the expenses to date on the P&L, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow Statement. In addition to the capital improvements (which show up on the balance sheet below as “Leasehold Improvements”) our fearless founders bought some tables, chairs, and a few other random things at Office Depot.

Software Is The New Oil

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

On tech company balance sheets, of course. Apple has $200bn of cash on its balance sheet and produced $53bn of cash in the six months ending March 2015. Microsoft has $110bn of cash on its balance sheet and produced $30bn of cash in the year ended June 2015. And where is cash piling up around the world?


Feld Thoughts

Others, Lee acknowledged, may never see their balance sheets add enough zeros to justify the title. That word is unicorpse. billion.

3 Main Components of Financial Projections

Business Plan Blog

It is a summary of the financial balance of a company. It looks at the company’s assets, liabilities, and equity. Profit-Loss Statement.

My, What A Big Balance Sheet You Have!

Seeing Both Sides

So despite the fact that yields on cash are at a historic low, don’t expect those balance sheets to thin out anytime soon. Buy it.

Virgin America Has High Hopes for Its IPO, But Its Weak Balance Sheet May Leave It Grounded

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Virgin America, which filed IPO papers with the SEC today, is the latest company with mounting losses to tap the public market for financing


How to Make Sense of your Small Business Financial Statements

Up and Running

The Balance Sheet. Think of the balance sheet as a window into your business’s financial strength. The Income Statement.

Helluva Lifestyle Business You Got There

Bryce Dot VC

Weaponized balance sheets have become the competitive strategy of this anabolic age. Unicorns and venture capital go hand in horn. Or so the story goes. Have a billion dollar idea, raise a little bit of money, show a little traction, raise a lot more money. Rinse and repeat. You can’t compete with out it! They say. They say.

Glowforge’s $22 Million Financing

Feld Thoughts

We just led a $22 million financing in Glowforge. I’ll start with the punchline – lasers are super cool. Oh, and lasers are super cool.

Why large companies acquire small companies

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Large companies don’t acquire small companies for their financials. So this trade is almost always a smart one. This had to be remedied. How-To

The Ideal Financial Reporting Tempo For A VC-Backed Company

Feld Thoughts

It includes P&L, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow statements. Over the past few days, I’ve had a similar conversation about reporting tempo with three different people (2 CFOs and 1 CEO). In each case, we snuck up on the issue, rather than starting with it. A number of years ago, I decided to shift to quarterly board meetings.

How Much Money To Raise

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Image via Wikipedia. I spent some time yesterday talking to an entrepreneur about this topic and I thought I'd share what I told him with everyone.

Small Ball

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Zynga did raise a lot of money but it went to the balance sheet and secondaries and never was used to fund losses. Small Ball is a style of play in basketball when a team sacrifices size/height for speed and shooting. Kickstarter, DuckDuckGo, and Zynga are other good examples of small ball in action. Small ball also works well in VC.

How to Forecast Cash Flow

Up and Running

It reconciles the Profit and Loss with the Balance. good cash flow analysis might be the most important single piece of a business plan.

Building a Business Is Not About You

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Don''t tie your personal balance sheet to the success of the business. Personal ambitions can get in the way of that.

Chaganomics - Untitled Article


I have attached most recent cash flow, balance sheet and baltic index metrics. While this is promising to invest, it is risky.

Oil Volatility Still Going Strong


These sales should continue and will help E&P balance sheets, but only so much, as losses have greatly damaged the industry. New post: Flush with an influx of crude oil, independent global refiners are refining at breaking speed. Oil traders who bought at the lows in February ($26.01) are unloading to downstream channels.

The Coming Change In Monetary Policy

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The near zero interest rate policy allowed banks and brokerage firms to replenish their balance sheets, work off their book of toxic assets, and regain their health. Janet Yellen, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, has been signaling to the financial markets that the Fed is going to raise rates towards the end of the year.

The Agony and Ecstasy of Selling My First Company

Feld Thoughts

We always had very clean financials because we took it seriously so he quickly sized up our income statement and balance sheet. Len explained that was their formula for doing deals – 2x multiple of Net Income + balance sheet cash + a three year employment deal. It started, like many things, completely randomly.

The Essential Differences Between Cash and Profits

Up and Running

These items aren’t there because accounting standards puts them into the Balance Sheet, which tracks Assets, Liabilities, and Capital.

[Infographic] Inside The Mind Of A Startup Entrepreneur


Understand a term sheet. Analyze a balance sheet. Balance the books. What makes an entrepreneur tick? Write Code. Scale.

The Resetting of the Startup Industry

Both Sides of the Table

So if your fund raising isn’t moving consider lowering price to shore up your balance sheet and reduce risk. Why does this matter?

Life Audit: 4 Ways To Reprogram Your Life


It’s a balance sheet where you live in the present and ask yourself where you want to go from here. Find Financial Balance.

No Accounting For Startups

Steve Blank

To be clear – Income Statements, Balance Sheets and Cash Flow Statements are really important at two points in your startup.

Intel Disrupted: Why large companies find it difficult to innovate, and what they can do about it

Steve Blank

In the 21 st century it’s harder for large corporations to create disruptive breakthroughs. What’s holding large companies back? Lessons Learned.

4 Hidden Signs of a Healthy Company

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Your balance sheet alone won't tell you if your company is thriving or on the verge of failure. It's simple," he said. "I

Funding Independent Alternatives

Bryce Dot VC

You’d think that the only way to grow and defend your business was to weaponize your balance sheet. Tho, that sentiment flies in the face of today’s conventional wisdom maybe, just maybe, weaponized balance sheets will backfire. As I sat, I overheard a conversation between the owner and a prospective vendor. The result?

An Inside Scoop on the Funding Environment and What it Might Mean for You

Both Sides of the Table

We had grown into a more reasonable burn rate so raising capital meant we would have many years of cash on the balance sheet.

How The Hell Do You Pay For President Trump’s $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan


Borrowing from the bond markets or off-balance-sheet in public/private partnerships won’t do it. Quickly: There should be an infrastructure bank. Chad ++ Current proposals for funding Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure project have been heavily criticized. An infrastructure bank tapping into private investment has also been suggested.

5 Business Laws You’ve Never Heard Of

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The Law of Decreasing Personality The bigger your balance sheet, the more likely you are to be an asshole. See: Well, lots of people.

10 Things the Bank Will Ask When You Need a Business Loan

Up and Running

Would you want your bank to invest your checking account balance in a startup? That bank loan you want for your company? Me too. I wouldn’t.