Entries by Sarah Johnson

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Assessing Your Startup’s Financial Health—Why a Diagnostic Does the Trick

Is your fast-moving company really poised for growth, or are missing pieces to the financial puzzle holding it back? You may be surprised to discover that despite the financial support and early success of your company, it could lack the financial and operational foundation needed to reach the goals expected or set by your VCs. […]

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How Corporate Governance Issues Tripped Up WeWork: A Wake-up Call to Startups

Boldness, skyrocketing growth, and claiming to be a tech company—for a time, WeWork had many of the signs of a typical Silicon Valley company. Except it’s based out of New York. It’s actually more of a real estate company. And it had serious corporate governance issues, which came to light when its S-1 filing revealed […]

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Tackling the Top Challenges in Finance and Accounting at Silicon Valley Companies Today

Small or large, private or public, companies all around Silicon Valley are facing many of the same challenges in finance and accounting today. These issues can affect morale in the finance team, prevent the company from getting at the information it needs to advance the business, and hinder the company’s growth. They’re not all surmountable […]

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How to Deal with the New Revenue Recognition and Lease Accounting Standards? Help for Private Companies

What’s the biggest takeaway from the experiences of public companies that have adopted the new revenue recognition and lease accounting standards? For both accounting rules, the process has been more time-consuming and complicated than many of them ever anticipated. Here’s a partial list of the common challenges our Technical Accounting Group has seen companies face […]

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Startup Finance Has a New Advantage: A Full Stack CFO Team

Every VC-funded startup craves efficiency. They need to push forward as quickly as possible, and they need to get their finance and accounting up and running, too. Growth is the ultimate quest, and complexity builds up fast. The goal is to establish a smart finance foundation easily and efficiently, and sometimes that means outsourcing strategic […]

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Sarbanes-Oxley Success: The Missing Piece Could Be Effective Communication

What you really don’t want in the midst of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance is any kind of sudden surprise. Getting caught off-guard in the middle of a compliance effort can slow things down considerably and create rifts within the company. The audit committee chair suddenly finding out about a material weakness in internal controls that should have […]