Budgeting, Projecting & Burn Rate
This section covers strategic planning as it relates to available funds and budget constraints. It also covers the important metric of Burn Rate, including best practices on setting a burn rate and calculating one.
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The budgeting process is really critical in a large company. It forces the company to make highly informed decisions about investments and resource allocation and it creates company wide discipline around hitting goals. I have never seen a company of 150 employees or more operate functionally without a strong budget process.
I was once told by an experienced entrepreneur (I can’t remember who) to always have at least 18 months of cash in the bank. The logic behind this is: 1) as a rule of thumb it takes 3 months to raise money, 2) building/marketing/selling technology always takes longer than you think.