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Learn Financial Modeling For Startups

Build financial models specific to your startup to guide decision making and impress investors.

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My financial model templates for startups can help jumpstart the process of building a financial model for your business, but if you want to learn how to build models from the ground-up, start here. In this course, you're going to learn financial modeling for startups. Whether you are looking to assess the viability of a new business idea or raise a round of capital, this class is for you.
More specifically, you are going to learn:
  • How to build a fully functioning financial model from scratch
  • How to forecast users, revenues and costs
  • How to best prepare financial projections for investors
  • How to use assumptions, key metrics and scenarios to communicate your business
  • How to build a cap table that shows how your ownership changes over time as you take on investors
The best part is that everything you learn in this course will be directly applicable to your unique idea or business.
By the end of this course, you should expect to:
  • Have the skills necessary to build custom financial models
  • Understand what angel investors and venture capitalists look for in potential investments
  • Gain a better grasp of the operational and financial health of your business.
So imagine for a second that you have an idea for a business or you want to raise a round of capital. What do you do? Research the industry? Start building a product? Start contacting investors? Perhaps even start thinking about the business model? The lessons in this course will not only help you answer those questions, they will also help you convince potential investors that your business is a winner.
So if you have an idea or are looking to raise around to financing, I recommend you sign up now to give yourself and your idea the best possible chance to success going forward.

Your Instructor

Taylor Davidson
Taylor Davidson

I'm Taylor Davidson. I created the financial models behind Foresight as a resource for entrepreneurs and early-stage startups to spend less time on finance and more time on their products.

The reason was simple. I started builing financial models in 1998 when I worked in private equity, and eventually moved into building financial models for startups at the first startup I worked for in 2000. A couple years later, after finishing my MBA from Carnegie Mellon University in finance and accounting I was working as a part-time CFO at a startup and also building financial projection models for friends' startups and companies. I found myself creating dozens of models from scratch and knew it wasn't sustainable since at this point I had a full-time job at a global strategy consulting firm.

I decided to build a template, something that could be simple to use but had the ability to help solve complex problems, and released that version online in 2008. Since then, 15,200+ people from 69+ countries have downloaded the financial models I have online or taken a class on financial modeling from me.

More about Foresight and my purpose here.

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“Taylor has done a great job building a template that walks you through the process of building your financial model and is not intimidating to non-spreadsheet jockeys… Love this model for early stage founders."

- Chris Schultz, CEO and Co-Founder, Launch Pad

“Taylor's financial models saved me an incredible amount of time for a task that is not only critical, but also dauntingly time consuming. His model is not only powerful, but flexible enough to customize for your specific needs. Seriously, don't waste your time setting up a half-baked spreadsheet yourself. Get this now.”

- Brian Wang, CEO & Co-Founder, Fitocracy

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.