Planning Financial Models for Success

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It seems that the work of an entrepreneur is never done. You’ve got your idea (the next big thing since sliced bread, of course) and you’ve put in the hours. You’ve pulled all-nighters, you’ve traveled around the clock, and you’ve talked and talked and shared and talked some more. You’ve sent uncountable emails and now you are finally ready… to meet with your investors.

This is where it really gets tricky because there is a lot of outdated advice out there, and there are a lot of entrepreneurs who fumble their way through pitches because they weren’t sure what to prepare or what to expect. Ahh the pitch… it’s nerve-wrecking, intimidating, and has the potential to make or break the future of your ‘next best thing.’

It’s Good to Know the Experts

Self-proclaimed financial geek, John Shumate, founder and CEO of Venture First, helps entrepreneurs figure out the pitfalls and help avoid disaster. John started Venture First in 2009 after working extensively with early and growth-stage companies as an investor, advisor, and operator. During this time, John identified a need for high-end valuation and analytics services at reasonable prices. With the belief that small companies operating on a shoestring budget deserve the same sophisticated financial services as their larger counterparts, John set out to develop a superior technology platform and analytical bench that could deliver Wall Street quality services at Midwest prices. The result is a specialty financial services firm that caters to high-growth venture-backed