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A CEO’s Somewhat High Financial Projections

I read an article in the NY Times about why one CEO, the article’s author, tends to aim too high on his financial projections. I thought it applicable to share here.

Here are some excerpts from the article, Why I Tend to Project a Little High, that I particularly like and agree with:

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“Investors — especially venture-capital investors — demand aggressive “hockey stick” growth curves for revenue and profit. They want big multiples, and they want them in short time frames. They want to know what’s being targeted and what the chief executive believes is achievable. If they don’t see optimism, if they aren’t buying into a dream, they are reluctant to invest.”

“We typically prepare our financials, or budgets, for the following year a few months before the current year ends.This is extremely difficult for a fast growing business.”

“Aiming high is a major motivator and can create growth — perhaps not as much as you projected but still substantial.”

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To read the entire article and view additional thoughts on high financial projections by Tom Szaky, CEO of TerraCycle, go to Why I Tend to Project a Little High.

 

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About Tiffany C. Wright

Hi! I,Tiffany C. Wright, am the author of the ebook, "Help! I Need Money for My Business Now!!" and the book "Solving the Capital Equation: Financing Solutions for Small Businesses", available on Amazon. I am the president of Toca Family Business Services, a short-term & project-based interim management & strategic and financial advisory firm, located in Atlanta, Georgia. In the past five years I've helped small and medium companies restructure and obtain over $31 Million in financing and a similar amount in purchase orders and contracts. I have an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University. Personal: I enjoy investing. I am a prodigious reader of everything from business books, magazines, and newspapers to horror and popular fiction. I read 4-6 books per month. I also love to travel. I've been to 33 countries on 5 continents and lived in Japan for 2.5 years and aim for a foreign locale twice a year. I am also an athlete and run track on the Master's Circuit. The highlight was placing 7th in my age group in the 2007 World Master's Track and Field Championships in Italy.

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The Resourceful CEO, Tiffany C. Wright

the president of Toca Family Business Services, a strategic and financial advisory firm which provides short-term & project-based C-level management. She is the author of Solving the Financial Equation: Financing Solutions for Small Businesses, available on Amazon.

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