Don't shrug off financials. You don't need to be a CFO to learn how to build financial models and statements for your business and show them to investors. Too many entrepreneurs (largely out of fear) hire others to look over their financials or build their model, and this often leads their companies into financial trouble (We'll will show you some very scary, real-life examples of this). YOU need to be the one monitoring your company's financial future, not someone else who has one-quarter of the information you have.
This course will teach you how to be a well-rounded entrepreneur who masters the financial aspects of his/her business and confidently and reliably forecasts future business results. In this course, you will think through the core assumptions that will drive your business. If done correctly, the financial model serves as a roadmap to execution and helps you see if your assumptions are panning out over time. A comprehensive financial model is also critical to have when speaking with investors, who expect you to be able to explain how your business will make money.
Erica has been an early-stage investor for over a decade and also started and sold her own company in the health & wellness space, Mamatini. Erica developed her understanding of how to get great products to market while Managing Director of the New York City DreamIt accelerator, where she worked closely with some of today’s fastest growing tech startups helping them get off the ground.
She was also the founding Executive Director of Golden Seeds, an early stage venture capital investment group and founding Executive Director at STAR Angel Network, a venture investment network for athletes and celebrities. In that time she has made and managed investments in more than 50 startups.
Erica holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a BS in Business Economics from UCLA.