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Sep'15

The Present Value Conundrum

You’re working on a project… and you have a stream of future cash flows… what’s it worth today?  That’s the “Present Value of Future Cash Flows” problem, or PV for short.  There are a lot of easy ways to calculate it, too.  Just use the PV function in Excel.  Sounds simple, until you get to the “discount rate.”

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15

Sep'15

Crazy Work Ethics? Are you a Workaholic?

What’s a crazy work ethic? Workaholic?  They come in all varieties.   Most of us would imagine the driven entrepreneur who works um-teen hours a day, every day.  But that stereotype is not descriptive.  When it comes to “over-working”  the craziness usually involves an inordinate amount of time spent at work.

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Sep'15

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Nov'14

ABZ Planning and El Capitan

On the north side of Yosemite Valley, near the western end, there is a vertical rock formation named El Capitan. It’s considered one of the most challenge rock faces to climb up and is a favorite among advanced rock climbers.

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28

Jul'14

The Tale of Two Sandwiches

The restaurant business is considered one of the toughest industries to operate in. Competition is fierce and depending on who you talk to, the fail rate is close to 60%. How a restaurant competes in a particular category can make all the difference in the world. Do you compete on price? On customer experience? On service? On location? Executing well in these areas adds up to a competitive advantage. It’s the unique selling proposition (USP) that we talk about so much in our business planning section of the CEA Curriculum. Consider these two brands with a very similar product: Jimmy Johns Subs and Planet Sub.

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14

May'14

Starting a Business

  In this podcast, we talk with Matt Heintz, founder of Heintzsight, a web development company and talk about what it takes to start a business.

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28

Nov'13

Variance Analysis? How things are different…

Variance analysis is the process of analyzing why actual costs are different from projected costs. The beauty of the process is that it gives insight into the reasons for the differences… and points towards causality. Who knew accounting could be this insightful?  The managerial accounting course is designed for non-accountants and CPAs alike.  It helps clarify the fine art of using accounting information to manage better.

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17

May'13

Accountants Don’t Run Start-Ups…They Run Businesses

Recently I stumbled accross a presentation deck by Stephen Blank entitled, “Why Accountants Don’t Run Start Ups”

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10

May'13

The Ego Driven Business

Looking at the difference between an ROI Lean Approach and something else entirely…

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