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What does CV Sudarshan think?

I believe every successful initiative in corporate finance begins with a well thought out plan followed by clear executable steps defined over time. I enjoy interfacing with C-level executives and discussing best-practices that would benefit their companies. Specialties - * Corporate ... See full profile

There are companies that provide robust search mechanisms through document imaging solutions. You can search the entire document, hide sections etc....
(Disclosure: we are a cloud vendor) Get your legal team to look at the SLA and discover 'gaps'. Address these gaps up front with the vendor. Like...
We use Ringcentral. Not the absolute best, but it does a good job. Economical and great customer service.
I don't think VCs will worry a whole lot because they have their own math towards determining valuation. Many times they will come in with a take it...
Do a comprehensive analysis of what you need to accomplish, over what time frame and how much you will need to do that. Add 15-20% to that amount for...
There are different KPIs for different stages of the startup. In general, cash flow is always #1. It is also important to understand when the company...
I would consider it an expense since there is no planned future economic value for this app.
This depends on one's definition of success and the company's position and market(s). I know a company where their top-line growth year over year...
Unfortunately this area is constantly changing because taxpayers, States and auditors cannot establish consensus. I believe the trend is going to...
The area of T&E policies in general tends to be touchy. If the policies are draconian, employees feel that the company is 'taking something away...
Being technology savvy is a great area to differentiate oneself as a CFO. Companies are increasingly looking to CFOs to make sense of the numerous...
We use Sharepoint. It does everything we need.
I would not recommend transferring data from various accounting systems into one. It is not trivial, and if messed up, can be painful to fix. I...
I think Twitter is a great tool for CFOs - depending on how it is used. Using twitter falls into 2 categories - messaging and listening. When people...
We usually have multiple sales and marketing costs that get rolled into one S&M line item. We have never associated S&M costs to COGS. I am...
Also, start with a quantified goal. While looking at various departments/areas makes sense, equally important is knowing how much you plan to reduce...
Linda - T&E is arguably at the top of the list. But it is also one of the more 'touchy' areas. Depending on the nature of your business, there...
Patrick, 'The fear of getting caught is the best safeguard against fraud' We provide a SaaS based T&E expense management application (www....
Charlie, I recommend RingCentral. So far, the service has been very reliable and their plans are economical.