Cash is king when it comes to young startups. The only reason startups go out of business is because they run out of cash. Because cash is so important, one of the startup’s co-founders needs to be responsible for reviewing the cash in the bank on a weekly basis. Yes, it’s that important.
What I like to do is to get a report, either manually or automated, every Friday afternoon, that shows our cash in the bank, the amount of our short-term accounts receivables, and the amount of our short-term liabilities. This helps me assess where we are as a business from an operational perspective.
If you aren’t profitable, and have a burn rate, it’s also important to review the number of months you have left until you run out of cash. Some startups use the number of months left as a motivator and put it up on a big screen or big whiteboard so that everyone can see and rally around it. Some startups aren’t as open with their burn rate for fear it’ll scare some of their less risk-loving employees (perhaps the startup environment isn’t right for them?). Regardless, the co-founders need to know where they stand with cash, burn rate, and amount of runway left on a weekly basis.
What else? What are your thoughts on startups needing a weekly cash review?