Review: Financial Modeling in Excel for Dummies

“Hey, George. We have this spreadsheet we use to create our financial models. It is really complex.  Some nights when we need to get projections to the CFO the model breaks and we are here until 11pm. It is really complex. (I already heard that, thank you!) Think you can look at it?” Every analyst […]

Bonini’s Boredom

Today I came across a fascinating concept called Bonini’s Paradox — the more complexities you add to a model to make it “realistic,” the less useful it becomes. Take a map of your town, for example. The only map that could capture all its reality would be — not a map, but your real town. […]

Accounting: Shearing the flock vs finding the one lost

Become a sought-after analyst. Subscribe for your free ebook, “The Beginner’s Guide to Getting Hired with Excel.” Today I came across this study concluding that accountants don’t have the technical chops needed for data-driven business analysis. This is hard to believe. Accountants and CPAs have a relatively rigorous training, and their job is inherently quantitative.  No, what […]

Branding Bean-counters

I’ve been reading Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth by Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares.  I heard Weinberg on the James Altucher Show and was compelled to read his book. It’s incredible that Weinberg could take on the mighty Google and do it without tracking customers, a main strategy for the search giant.  But what could I […]

Poke the Box – and Count Beans, Too

  I never took a marketing class in college.  But I found a better substitute — read every Seth Godin book.  I’ve only got a few left, and I have learned a huge amount. My latest Godin read: Poke the Box. In this short, blog-posty book, Seth challenges us not to wait for permission, to create, […]