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Openbox | A matter of perspective

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When we started building Openbox, we thought we were building a tool to create spreadsheet models. But as anyone who has started a business will tell you, customers and the market have a way of surprising you with what they really want! And one thing they want is help understanding what their model is doing. […]

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What is a Three Statement Model?

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A Three statement model is a basic setup for financial modelling. This type of model includes three different statements: Income statement Balance sheet Cash flow These are all linked with Excel formulas. The objective is to set it up so all the accounts are connected and a set of assumptions can drive changes in the […]

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Financial Modellers are Changing the World

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Whilst staring at a financial model, it is really easy to get lost in the numbers. It’s all rows and columns of excel, abstracted from the real world. It’s just another Infrastructure project……..Or is it? It is worth taking a step back once in a while to reflect on what the numbers on the screen […]

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Financial Modelling – Survival of the fittest

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In Financial Modelling it is often the business with the best model that survives the future   I was chatting to a new client the other day and I was taken aback by his passion and energy relating to financial modelling. He said something that really summed up what I have been trying to say […]

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Openbox V1.0

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The last year has been quite a journey for Openbox. The pace of change really picked up over the last couple of months as 500 beta users have tested Openbox and given us unbelievably valuable feedback. We are now nearly ready to take the big step to version 1.0. We’ll be releasing this in early […]

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Openbox Public Beta – Key updates and bug fixes since the private beta closed

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The Openbox private beta closed late last year, and since then we’ve been concentrating on delivering the improvements that beta users asked for. We’re grateful to the dedicated users who have continued to send us additional suggestions, and we’ve been working to include those as well. So, as we launch the public beta, here is […]

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The Multi-Billion Dollar Excel Error that didn’t happen today

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Excel is involved in every major transaction, every capital investment, every business sale, large or small and most financial forecasts. Decisions worth billions of dollars every single day are based on Excel models. Recent weeks have seen multiple headlines about Excel errors. Excel has been blamed for major losses, and in the case of UK […]

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Public Health England’s COVID-19 Excel Error

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Here at Gridlines, we are always banging on about spreadsheet risk and the risk of errors in Excel. Usually, we keep it light: “The world’s largest legal weed business had its accounts go up in smoke after a spreadsheet error caused it to underreport its losses.” Or perhaps even….. “Bargain Booze’s spreadsheet hell sinks the […]

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Openbox Beta: Round 1 Retrospective

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Round 1 Retrospective   It feels like only last week that we kicked off the beta process, and here we at the end of Round 2. There has been a huge amount of input from our beta users, and we’re incredibly grateful for their time – particularly during the current crisis – in making Openbox […]

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Can we build a Project Finance Model in 20 minutes?

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Thanks to everybody who attended the Financial Modelling meet up to watch me put my reputation on the line. If you didn’t manage to get into the zoom call you can watch the recording of the live stream on YouTube below. We are looking for professional modellers to join a closed beta which will start […]

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