When supplied with financial information in the workplace, it can be difficult to understand what you're looking at if you aren't familiar with the terminology and purpose of the document. You want to be able to understand the information you've been given and be able to provide both insight and input. Using examples from the technology arena, this course will provide you with the fundamental principles and concepts of accounting that will enable you to comprehend the data in front of you and grasp its implications. You will explore the accounting concepts of cash and accrual and the different forms of profit. Additionally, you will analyze financial statements and projections, and identify strategies to remain in compliance and avoid accounting mistakes. These are common pieces of financial information that most people encounter during their career. At the end of this course, you will be armed with the knowledge to interpret financial information and make informed recommendations.
Key Course Takeaways
Examine accrual and cash accounting and its relevance to how an organization is run
Become conversant in the elements of financial performance
Identify the key components of financial statements and projections
Executive Director, Cornell Center for Regional Economic Advancement
Tom Schryver is the Executive Director of the Cornell Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) and a Visiting Lecturer at the Johnson Graduate School of Management. CREA’s programs include Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, the Southern Tier Startup Alliance, and support of Cornell’s regional economic advancement efforts. Mr. Schryver leads the Upstate NY I-Corps Node and is the lead instructor for Cornell Engineering’s Commercialization Fellows program. He serves on the teaching team for eLab, Cornell’s student business accelerator, and teaches entrepreneurship and business strategy at Cornell.
Mr. Schryver is an experienced entrepreneur, having served as a startup founder and senior finance executive of high-growth companies. Previously, he was Director of Finance for the Triad Foundation, where his responsibilities included investing the Foundation’s $250m portfolio to top-quartile returns. Mr. Schryver’s board affiliations include the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park and Tompkins County Area Development, and he serves as board vice-chair of the Business Incubator Association of New York State.