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.
“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