Lean Finance for Startups - Introduction

This is the intro version of Lean Finance for Startups. Understand how Facebook makes money.
  • Lectures 7
  • Video 1 Hours
  • Skill level all level
  • Languages English
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Course Description

Building a company? Learn how SMART entrepreneurs raise the RIGHT type of capital FAST.


Lili Balfour has advised over 100 companies, who have gone on to raise over $200 million from investors around the world. She is the author of Master the Finance Game, a Wall Street Journal Guest Mentor, a contributor at Fox Business News, a blogger for The Huffington Post, a guest contributor for HuffPost Live, and a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley.


Lean Finance for Startups - Introduction is an easy-to-follow tutorial on finance for entrepreneurs. All students will learn how to read and understand financial statements as well as develop a revenue model.


"This course is surely a must have for those who want to have a reasonable and reliable financial plan, even if it's just the introduction. I'm going to take the full course." Maksim

"She has a pleasant voice and great organization of the material. The information was put together thoughtfully, there were just places where a little more explanation of terms might have been helpful. Overall I learned some new information and am grateful for the experience." Jai


Lili Balfour spent over 20 years in investment management and investment banking in Silicon Valley and NYC before founding Atelier Advisors in 2007. Her goal is to provide investment banking services to early-stage companies, which are typically ignored by investment banks. Over the past seven years, she has advised over 100 startups on their funding strategy. She has coached established brands (Bag, Borrow, or Steal, Visual IQ, Alpha Theory, Derivix, Erin Fetherston, and Peeled Snacks) and pre-revenue startups looking for seed capital via crowd funding.

Our community of entrepreneurs spans several countries and has climbed pass 5,000. We meet on the third Friday of each month for Office Hours on Spreecast and participate in weekly video lessons on YouTube.

View the full version of Lean Finance for Startups here.

What are the requirements?

  • basic understanding of excel or a willingness to learn

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 7 lectures and 24 mins of content!
  • learn how to build a financial model, value a company, and raise the right type of capital
  • understand how to find revenue and expense assumptions
  • understand how to determine the best source of capital for your company
  • understand how to find and pitch investors
  • learn how to read and construct financial statements

What is the target audience?

  • aspiring entrepreneurs and active entrepreneurs

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee

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Lifetime access

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Section 1: Understanding Finance
Revenue Models
Financial Statements
Income Statement
Balance Sheet
Financial Structure
Questions for Review + Recap
3 pages

Instructor Biography

Finance for Entrepreneurs , Join our global community of over 10,000 entrepreneurs.

Finance for Entrepreneurs was created by Lili Balfour, founder of Atelier Advisors and author of Master the Finance Game.

To date, she has served over 10,000 entrepreneurs, from Silicon Valley to Dubai, via online courses and in-person workshops, from SF Hacker News to American Express CEO BootCamp. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business News, and Forbes.

Lili spent over 15 years in investment banking (technology and healthcare) and investment management before creating Atelier Advisors, a firm that provides strategic and financial advisory services to early-stage companies. To date, she has helped over 100 early-stage companies raise over $200 million.

Instructor Biography

Lili Balfour , Author of Master the Finance Game. CEO of Atelier Advisors.

Lili Balfour is the founder of Atelier Advisors and Host of Finance for Entrepreneurs.

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    • hithesh vurjana

    Good course

    I like the short video content. But i feel every concept needs an example from both software and hardware companies. Great course anyway.

    • John Horanzy

    Nice Review of basic business concepts

    Not enough depth if one is just starting to study business. By itself it has little value but it is a lead up to her much more expensive courses that may be of value to some people. You definitely would need this as a review and first step if you were going to purchase her other courses. She is a consultant and the other courses give you some access to her expertise. She appears very competent and the production is well made. I would consider her when my business gets to the point of needing a competent professional consultant.

    • Boomy Tokan

    Great Course

    A concise snap shot of financials from a startup perspective. I love the content and delivery. Very "to-the-point", informative, educative and inspiring. The Instructor is also engaging and well informed. Thanks!

    • Mark

    great course

    great course

    • Sobhi Akbik

    Excellent Course

    Amazing Information by a very professional, talented,, and genius trainer

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