Finance Fundamentals eBook

StartupNation’s guide to finance fundamentals covers all of the essentials when it comes to financing your startup, including how to budget, tips for online lending, getting your financials ready for the bank, avoiding financial mistakes and more.

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Jeff Sloan

Founder at StartupNation

Jeff Sloan is one of America’s leading entrepreneurial and small business experts. After starting his first business at the age of 18, he has been a serial entrepreneur ever since. Jeff has been involved in founding or starting more than 50 businesses, and has never taken a paycheck from an entity he didn’t have a hand in creating.

Jeff co-founded StartupNation in 2002 with his brother, Rich Sloan. Ever since, StartupNation has helped inspire, educate and inform millions of entrepreneurs and small business owners with the knowledge and insights they need to start, grow and manage a business. Jeff’s expertise as an entrepreneur is broad and deep, from inventing and commercializing his own inventions to developing, financing and selling his own tech ventures.

Today, Jeff is a leading evangelist for the virtues of entrepreneurship as a way to enhance and enrich lives, communities and nations.

Ann Logue

Contributor at StartupNation

Ann Logue is a lecturer in finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a writer specializing in business and finance. She is the author of four books on investing in Wiley’s for Dummies series and has written for Barron’s, Entrepreneur and Newsweek Japan, among other publications. She lives in Chicago and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

John Rampton

Founder at

John Rampton is an entrepreneur, investor, online marketing guru and startup enthusiast. He is founder of payments company He enjoys helping people and is always online to chat @johnrampton.

Justin Crawford

Founder at Agents of Efficiency, Inc.

Justin E. Crawford is the founder of Agents of Efficiency, Inc., author of “Live Free or DIY: The Time-starved Small-Business Owner’s Survival Guide” and the chief architect of the Efficiency Roadmap process, which helps small businesses across the country thrive. As an attorney, entrepreneur and operations consultant, he has more than 15 years of experience launching and growing companies.

Michael Peggs

Founder at Marccx Media

Michael Peggs is the founder of Marccx Media, a digital marketing agency specializing in SEO and content marketing. Before Marcxx, Peggs worked at Google in business development, forming digital media and advertising partnerships. He is also a blogger and podcaster, hosting the iTunes Top 10 New & Noteworthy Podcast You University.

Jason Kruger

Chief Financial Officer at Signature Analytics

Jason has more than 16 years of accounting and finance experience in both public and private industry accounting. Since 2008, Jason has acted as the CFO for many of Signature Analytics’ clients, providing them with the financial analysis they need to grow their business and make more data driven decisions. He has direct experience with many complex accounting and financial issues within a variety of companies and industries, including software, technology, biotech, manufacturing, food/beverage, apparel, construction and advertising.

Amanda Abella

Contributor at StartupNation

Amanda Abella is a millennial financial expert and Amazon best-selling author of “Make Money Your Honey.” Through her writing and coaching she teaches millennials how they can have a better relationship with work and money. Her work has been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, Business Insider and more. She has also spoken on a national level for The Financial Blogger Conference and Femfessionals.

Andy Meyer

Contributor at StartupNation

Andy Meyer is an accomplished leader with over 20 years of senior management experience growing software and technology based companies. Companies have included Websense, Epicor, Cisco and multiple mobile startups. He has extensive experience in general management, marketing, sales, business development and public relations. His efforts have directly lead to exits including IPOs and has raised growth capital for multiple companies. He earned a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the University of New Orleans.

Carl Faulds

Managing Director at Cashsolv

Carl is a business recovery specialist. He started work in the business recovery profession in 1990 and has continued to pursue an ethos of working with distressed businesses to help them overcome their financial problems. As managing director of Cashsolv, he offers advice and support to overcome cash flow problems and addresses any other issues to ensure a positive future for your business. Carl was former president of the Insolvency Practitioners Association, and makes regular appearances on BBC documentaries related to business recovery.

Ed “Skip” McLaughlin

Founder at Blue Sunsets LLC.

Ed is the founder of four businesses and is currently running Blue Sunsets LLC., a real estate and angel investment firm. Active in philanthropy, Ed lives with his wife in Connecticut and has three adult children. Email Ed, or connect with him on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Mike Lazzaro

VP, Clover Brand and SMB Product Marketing at First Data

Michael Lazarro comes to First Data through its recent acquisition of Perka, a customer loyalty solution for small businesses. At First Data, Mike is responsible for overseeing Clover product and brand marketing and helping to position Clover as First Data’s premier brand in the SMB segment. Mike is a seasoned marketing professional, spending most of his career launching and cultivating new brands for emerging and established companies. In addition to participating in a number of startups, Mike has also held senior-level positions at TD Ameritrade, FCB and Merkle Inc.

David Iafrate

Founder and Chief Executive Officer at International Bancard

David Iafrate founded International Bancard in 2001 with the goal of putting a more human face on the payment acceptance industry. David maintains hands-on involvement with each of the company’s partners across the United States, leading a true family of clients – from mom-and-pop shops to professional sports stadiums – representing more than 60 unique industries. In 2015, recognizing the everyday importance of credit acceptance to real people leading real lives, David oversaw the development and national launch of Property Payments, an International Bancard proprietary software program designed to streamline the rental process for landlords and tenants alike.

“There is no doubt about it, funding is the lifeblood of any new venture. Given that, we make it a priority at StartupNation to source and distribute the highest value and most user-friendly content associated with the subject matter to assist you throughout each stage of your startup journey.”
-Jeff Sloan, Founder at StartupNation
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