99% of startup founders are afraid of the terms Pro-forma Financials, Balance Sheet, Types of Cash Flow, WACC, IRR, and especially, Valuation.
99.9% of startup founders don’t understand how to logically estimate demand for their pre-revenue ventures.
If you’re reading this, it’s because you’re raising money or researching the best ways to raise money for your seed or Series A round. It’s a daunting challenge, even for the best finance professionals, and downright scary for startup founders with no finance experience.
Calm your fears - You’ve come to the right place!
The Startup Station has helped hundreds of founders just like you to learn business and finance so that you can effectively communicate with investors and make your venture financially successful. We equip you and your business plan with a defensible financial model that credibly values your company and serves as a management tool to correctly adjust your strategy based on market feedback.
We have experts with both Computer Science and MBA degrees. Therefore, we speak both the technical and business languages to help you bridge the gap.
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HOW DO WE HELP?
Knowledge of finance is integral for any founder looking to build a successful business but it is especially helpful for those searching for outside financing.
According to Fundable and Entrepreneur, 565,000 startups are launched every year and just under 3% receive angel and VC investments. Entrepreneur identifies three main reasons startup founders fail to secure funding:
By working with us, you can avoid making those mistakes and get funded faster.
The Startup Station helps you master easy-to-follow frameworks for modeling and valuing your startup. Specifically, we provide the tools to:
Do It Yourself: Our finance curriculum is based on real case studies and specifically targets early stage, pre-revenue startups with little to no finance experience. The curriculum includes courses on financial accounting and analysis, financial modeling, valuation, and financing vehicles. After completing our program, you will have the tools to build your own financial model, value your company, and negotiate term sheets with investors!
Custom Advice: For those who wish to get individualized support, we are happy to help you on a one-on-one basis. We are leading experts in creating credible financials and fair valuations for any product or tech startup. We can audit and improve existing models or create a new model from scratch. We also provide feedback for your pitch decks to make them investor-ready, logical, and thorough.
For Beginners: We offer free resources on social media where we post new content related to strategic or financial aspects of running a startup on a weekly basis.
Check out the About Page for the three ways how The Startup Station can help assist in modeling and determining the value of your company.
"These workshops are extremely useful for all of us. Victoria is the kind of presenter/professional who inspires confidence. I'd recommend her to any startup trying to figure out how it needs to be organized, capitalized, and operated to have a good business model going forward. She focuses on fundamentals, which, too often, are sorely lacking in our ecosystem, and she knows her stuff backwards and forwards."- Warren Friesner, Language Hero
"Victoria's workshops are packed full of INCREDIBLY useful information and tools that apply to all levels of business. She is very knowledgeable with the material and able to explain complex finance topics eloquently (even to an engineer!). Workshops are highly recommended!"- Gregory Chrin, Apis Innovation
"I have taken a couple of classes with Victoria and I must say they are great! The topics and material she goes through I find it very very useful. You can tell Victoria has a lot of experience in the field. She is very clear, and you get all the material covered so you can review it yourself. As an early startup, this is definitely the most valuable workshop I have tried so far, I highly recommend it!"- Luis Medina, CodeLumen
Our Educational Program
Our content is based on actual case studies and specifically targets early stage, pre-revenue startups with no or little financial history.
Our curriculum covers the subjects of financial accounting and analysis, financial modeling, valuation and startup financing for early stage software and service startups.
Our finance courses and workshops are rigorous, thorough, practical, and accessible to anyone regardless of their knowledge of finance. Even people with NO finance knowledge can learn how to model and value their company by following our curriculum. We have taught hundreds of founders of different ages and backgrounds. Thus, we know how to explain complex concepts in simple terms so anyone can understand.
If finance makes you anxious, scared, or confused, you've come to the right place. After taking our courses, you will:
How is our curriculum different?
Most financial modeling classes only focus on how to create an Income Statement for a limited number of simplified business models. The financial models they provide are incomplete and lack flexibility to be useful for an individual company's needs. Our financial model template is adjustable, comprehensive, and can be easily tailored for your business.
Additionally, our courses and workshops cover:
Flagship 5-Course Series
Completing our Flagship 5-Course Series, "How to build pro-forma financial statements, model, value, and finance early stage software and service startups," enables you to:
This series consists of five courses:
This series offers:
Support: LIFETIME ACCESS to a private Facebook group where you can interact with Victoria Yampolsky and other students.