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What does Jeff Taylor think?

I am an experienced CFO with both private and public companies under my belt. In addition to safeguarding shareholder value I have raised both private and public equity and debt. In addition I typically own HR, IT, legal and administration and am responsible for all company accounting, treasury, ... See full profile

If you use Excel widely, give your people Excel courses. I don't care how smart your in-house Excel jockey is, he/she can always learn more. But for...
We have been with Paylocity for a few years now. They have never blown a payroll run (although I have - hate that!). They have been flexible and...
I agree with anon. This seems like a small company/small ball approach (driving past their house/stalking) which is indicative of really poor...
I would say passion and intelligence, on average, will get you farther than experience. Experience can be an accelerator or a drag. If acceleration...
Have a list of things you need to get from them right there on the table. Going through a list de-personalizes it. It's the list talking, not you...
I used AMEX travel at my last company (4 yrs back) and we ended up moving away from them. May be different now, but we could almost always get a...
I have, in the past, had investors with a very strong desire to keep us bootstrapped. They want to minimize dilution and, I suppose, keep us...
We re-quoted recently and saw a cut in our rate (the cost of coverage went up b/c we're bigger now, with more to cover, but the rate/$K of coverage...
I'm with you. There are many times I have thought that Greece was going to bite it hard and that would be one nasty domino in a chain. Boy do I hope...
Not only do I hope you're right, I think you're right. Many of the CFOs I know are reasonably bullish on 2012 with stronger growth expected than in...
Well, this is wrong on many levels. First off, you had an agreement with him and he changed it. That's not right to you or the recruiter. In fact, I'...
Another point in favor of Big 4, sort of echoing Pete's comment, is that some investors feel much better with your having a Big 4 firm audit. If you...
Dana, words of advice are to use it non-sparingly. My first instinct with Google Docs/spreadsheets was to only use it when it was clear that I wanted...
Increasingly it's Skype and GoToMeeting. If I can't "get the message" or get my message across to others on my team, in my e-staff, or at a customer/...
Rolling plans are forecasts. There is only one budget. Unless, in unusual circumstances (e.g. a tsunami just took out our mfg plant), you actually do...
They should already know about current and near-term losses. If not, you either don't do many board meetings and/or they don't pay much attention!...
There are a number (quite a few, actually) platforms out there for moving budgeting/planning off of spreadsheets. And as a mid-market company, you...
I am re-quoting right now and we got a slight rate bump. About 5% up for the same coverage on property. But that translates to a small amount b/c...
A few things you can do: -Know that it's coming. Ask your board before and during the IPO process what their intention is post-IPO. You can't fight...
I highly recommend pulling in an advisory board. They bring a lot of ideas and they can be supremely helpful connecting you with everyone from...
Recently my company had an unsolicited offer for some venture debt so we played it out to see what the deal was. 13% (prime plus 10%), facility fee...
I could not agree more. The tax provides a tax on accounting departments saddled with tracking it.
FreeConferenceCall.com and GoToMeeting. The former is, as the name suggests, free for all con calls up to a certain # on the line. I don't recall...
Thanks so much for the great reference information and links - to say nothing of the lightning fast response! I guess the FASB and IASB are going to...
Many times. I find their services to be of the "pay us to clean up our own bad data" variety and I hate supporting that. That said, it can be a...