MBA Mondays


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MBA Mondays

About the Book

These are Fred Wilson's MBA Mondays posts from his fantastic blog A VC. All the content is available free on Fred's blog.

We have imported these posts and organized them by category, and then organized them chronologically within the category. The result is a nicely formatted 128 page book which you will actually read and learn from, instead of a blog archive that you should read someday.

About the Author

Fred Wilson
Fred Wilson

I am a VC. I have been since 1986. I help people start and build technology companies. I do it in NYC, which isn't the easiest place to build technology companies, but it's getting better.

I love my work. I am the Managing Partner of two venture capital firms, Flatiron Partners and Union Square Ventures.

I also am a husband and a father of 3 kids. I do that in NYC too. And it isn't the easiest place to raise a family either. But it's getting better too. I love my family more than my work.

I also love music, art, yoga, biking, skiing, and golf. That's a lot of interests for a guy who works 70 hours a week and loves his family. But I manage to make it work.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. ROI and Net Present Value
    1. How to Calculate a Return on Investment
    2. The Present Value of Future Cash Flows
    3. The Time Value of Money
    4. Compounding Interest
  3. Corporate Entities
    1. Corporate Entities
    2. Piercing the Corporate Veil
  4. Accounting
    1. Accounting
    2. The Profit and Loss Statement
    3. The Balance Sheet
    4. Cash Flow
    5. Analyzing Financial Statements
  5. Business, Metrics and Pricing
    1. Key Business Metrics
    2. Price: Why Lower Isn't Always Better
  6. Projections, Budgeting and Forecasting
    1. Projections, Budgeting and Forecasting
    2. Scenarios
    3. Budgeting in a Small Early Stage Company
    4. Budgeting in a Growing Company
    5. Budgeting in a Large Company
    6. Forecasting
  7. Risk and Return
    1. Risk and Return
    2. Diversification
    3. Hedging
    4. Currency Risk in a Business
    5. Purchasing Power Parity
  8. Business Costs
    1. Opportunity Costs
    2. Sunk Costs
    3. Off Balance Sheet Liabilities
  9. Valuation
    1. Enterprise Value and Market Value
    2. Bookings Vs. Revenues Vs. Collections
  10. Commission Plans
    1. Commission Plans
  11. What a CEO Does
    1. What a CEO Does
    2. What a CEO Does, Continued
  12. Outsourcing
    1. Outsourcing
    2. Outsourcing Vs. Offshoring
  13. Employee Equity
    1. Employee Equity
    2. Employee Equity: Dilution
    3. Employee Equity: Appreciation
    4. Employee Equity: Options
    5. Employee Equity: The Liquidation Overhang
    6. Employee Equity: The Option Strike Price
    7. Employee Equity: Restricted Stock and RSUs
    8. Employee Equity: Vesting
    9. Employee Equity: How Much?
  14. Mergers and Acquisitions
    1. Acquisition Finance
    2. M&A Fundamentals
    3. Buying and Selling Assets

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