Latest Projects – November 2012

November 10, 2012

We just finished a project and have three interesting new projects underway:

  • The just finished project was a financials systems audit & review for a well-known non-profit here in the Bay area.  Over the course of a month, we reviewed their financial systems, processes and personnel.  We helped the client develop new budget and cash flow forecasting processes.  (Susan)
  • We’ve started a project to help an individual make the case to a very large client of theirs that they (the large client) should open a line of business serving smaller start-up clients.  Because start-ups can’t pay for services, the idea is that they will pay for services with equity and the very large client will benefit by a portfolio approach, where they will a) make significant money with the start-ups that grow into a valuable entity, from the equity they receive, and b) make money from these same start-ups that make it because they may become clients of the company.  The project is being completed with a spreadsheet model which has been developed but is still robust enough to run multiple scenarios.  (Palak/Tom)
  • We’ve started a project to help build a financial model for a company that provides data center and IT process automation technologies and services. (Dan/Tom)
  • We’re working on a project to help a client build a spreadsheet template for analyzing the finances of state governments, including their assets and liabilities and budgets, expenditures and cash outlays.  State government finances are often murky and we are really enjoying the process of bringing clarity and a systematic approach to bear upon this subject. (Tom/Shanshan)

Latest Projects – March 2012

March 18, 2012

We just started a business intelligence project which will use a cloud database (Microsoft Azure) and Microsoft Excel.  The client is an owner of farmland in California, less than $10 million in total revenues, and we will be helping them develop a system to understand, primarily, profitability by field and by crop.  We are excited by the opportunity to provide a robust, dependable and scalable system to a fairly small company at a reasonable price.

Latest projects – February 2012

March 3, 2012

We’ve started several new projects in the past month:

  • We are helping an education consulting firm build a model that estimates expected future teachers salaries for school districts depending upon various operational scenarios.  (Haryanto)
  • We are helping a sustainable food company develop its business strategy and fundraising plan.  (Tom/Palak)
  • We are helping a non-profit organization that provides health counseling services to decide upon various strategic investment opportunities and also to develop their strategic learning systems.  (Cristel/Haryanto/Palak)
  • We are building a financial and business planning model for a company using a Groupon-type fundraising technology applied at a local level.  (Palak/Haryanto)

Latest Projects – Sep 2011

September 25, 2011

Here’s a brief summary of the projects we are working on currently or have recently completed:

From July 2011 through present:

  • Helping software company with about 900 employees around the world think through options for an Human Relations Information System (HRIS).   Also helping optimize their Excel sheets which manage the current system.  Likely to move forward with a plan to build a high-fidelity prototype in Access and Excel as a bridge towards a long-term system.  (Tom/Cristel/Haryanto/Daniel)
  • Working with non-profit organization to implement a business intelligence system for one of their two main functional areas.  This system will allow them to understand profitability (sustainability) for each customer. (Cristel/Palak/Tom)
  • Analyzing interest rate hedging options for large client.  Also analyzing expected future leverage ratio given various capital expenditure outcomes.  (Tom)
  • Guided construction and real estate development efforts for large client that builds about four new facilities each year in locations around the country.  Development is based upon consumer demand and economics of locating facilities in each particular location. (Tom)
  • Helping k-8 school that is implementing a hybrid-learning model to better understand financial results and opportunities for leverage. (Tom / Palak)
  • Transferring ownership and management to client of a safety tracking database solution that Webster Pacific developed earlier in the year. (Haryanto/Daniel)
  • Completed merger of client engaged in development of healthy food ingredients with Swiss company that is a leader in synthetic biology systems .  Webster continues to provide services to the merged entity.  (Susan)
  • Established entity to act as a Stockholder Representative and currently executing all duties of a Stockholder Rep, primarily sales of stock and management of earn-out provisions.  (Susan)
  • Organized and led team in the application, to a division of the US Treasury, for an allocation of New Market Tax Credits related to real estate investments in qualified areas.  (Tom)
  • Statewide comparative financial analysis of K8 schools, including normalization between union and non-union compensation. (Susan / Cristel)
  • Spoke at the annual Salesforce user conference in San Francisco to a non profit audience about ways in which real time information about alumni is a powerful tool for program improvement and fundraising.  (Cristel)

From January to June 2011:

  • Negotiated with State auditing agency to establish a new approach on providing fiscal oversight of client’s operations in that state.  (Susan)
  • Vendor selection and management of study by international real estate advisory company on client leasing practices.  (Susan)
  • Prepare Request for Proposal (RFP) and participate in search and selection of audit firms and national legal counsel for multi-state education service provider.  (Susan)
  • Negotiated new contract with janitorial and maintenance service providers for multi-state client.  (Tom)
  • Created fiber flow supply chain model (high fidelity Excel prototype) for forest products company.  (Haryanto)
  • Created database for tracking safety observations for 500+ person manufacturing company.  (Daniel / Haryanto)
  • Developed and managed addressable market model (high fidelity Excel prototype) for client considering investments in various locations around the US.  (Haryanto / Tom)

Prior to 2011:

  • Developed enrollment systems and alogorithms that increased capacity utilization by over 1.0% for large educational client.  (Tom/Susan)
  • Analyzed causes of attrition and developed strategies for student retention for large eduational client.   (Tom / Susan)
  • Acted as CFO internet video production company.  (Susan)
  • Based upon analysis of a segment of forest products industry, helped develop the case and strategy for making acquisitions in that segment.  (Tom)

Wear wristwatch? Use e-mail? Not for Class of ’14 – Yahoo! News

August 17, 2010

I still don’t get how email is a dinasour. 

Wear wristwatch? Use e-mail? Not for Class of ’14 – Yahoo! News.

What do we know that we know?

July 2, 2010

I put this slide together for a client and really like it, so I thought I would share. 

Post-9/11 Slogan a Potent Message From an Ad Man – NYTimes.com

May 11, 2010

Post-9/11 Slogan a Potent Message From an Ad Man – NYTimes.com

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Management consulting firm McKinsey among those snookered by Petters | StarTribune.com

May 2, 2010

Management consulting firm McKinsey among those snookered by Petters | StarTribune.com

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Bill Gates talks philanthropy, science, child rearing at Stanford – San Jose Mercury News

April 21, 2010

Bill Gates talks philanthropy, science, child rearing at Stanford – San Jose Mercury News

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Tom Peters

November 10, 2009

Tom Peters

I rarely get through his powerpoints, but I’m always energized by reading them and I’m very appreciative that they are available for free on the web.  Check his latest out here.


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