Quickbooks Update Template
In the words of Tomasz Tunguz, Partner at Redpoint Ventures, “Financial statements are the Rosetta Stone for a business. They are the most succinct way of communicating how a business operates to management teams and boards, who weigh the trade-offs of different investments”. Distributing your financials to your team, investors, and board is vital to staying on top of your operations and uncovers insights for bringing a new product or service to market.
Using our Quickbooks data source, we put together an Update template that will allow you to easily visualize and distribute your key financial and operational data. Currently, our Quickbooks integration allows you to pull in the following metrics:
- Months Runway
- Net Change in Cash
- Net Income
If you’d like us to drop the template into your Visible account feel free to shoot us a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to do so.
When sending a financial and operational Update it is important to make sure the information is understandable, relevant, reliable, and comparable. Many team members, investors, etc. are likely not concerned about granular data points but rather that they are moving in the right direction and are efficient as possible. Instead of overwhelming stakeholders with spreadsheets and complicated metrics, we’ve often found that it is most useful to send over a few charts with a quick narrative around what is working/not working/etc. For those looking to take it to the next level, it can be useful to include benchmarks and trends in the industry to show how certain metrics and financials are comparing to the industry as whole.
The template is broken down into 3 major components; Operational Overview, Expense Overview, and Other Notes. Keep in mind the financials you are tracking and sharing may change depending on the stage of your company; revenue is obviously not as important for a pre-revenue, early stage company. For our example, this includes revenue, cash position, and a high-level look at company expenses.