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Noah Parsons

Noah Parsons

Before joining Palo Alto Software, Noah Parsons was an early Internet marketing and product expert in the Silicon Valley. He joined Yahoo! in 1996 as one of its first 101 employees and become Producer of the Yahoo! Employment property as part of the Yahoo! Classifieds team before leaving to serve as Director of Production at Epinions.com. He is a graduate of Princeton University. Noah devotes most of his free time to his three young sons. In the winter you'll find him giving them lessons on the ski slopes, and in summer they're usually involved in a variety of outdoor pursuits. Noah is currently the COO at Palo Alto Software, makers of Outpost and the online business plan app LivePlan, and content curator and creator of the Emergent Newsletter. You can follow Noah on Twitter.

LivePlan Posts Written By Noah Parsons

Introducing Printable Forecasts in LivePlan
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Introducing Printable Forecasts in LivePlan

There’s something about paper that just makes it easier to concentrate and review data, especially when you need to focus. To get the “paper” experience, we’ve added a new feature in LivePlan that lets you print just your budget and forecast.

How to Run a Monthly Plan Review Meeting
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How to Run a Monthly Plan Review Meeting

Most people think that meetings are a waste of time—and they’re usually right. Here’s how to run a monthly plan review meeting that as actually effective, useful, and not a waste of valuable time.

What Are Direct Costs? COGS Definition
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What Are Direct Costs? COGS Definition

Direct costs (also known as costs of goods sold—COGS) are the costs that can be completely attributed to the production of a specific product or service. Here’s why this is important for growing and running your business.

What Metrics to Track (and What Not to Track)
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What Metrics to Track (and What Not to Track)

Business owners who succeed in meeting their goals have one common thread: They all track their progress toward their goals. Here are the metrics and data you should track to realistically measure performance, and what you can safely ignore.

Good News for QuickBooks Users: Automatic Dashboards, Forecasting, and More!
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Good News for QuickBooks Users: Automatic Dashboards, Forecasting, and More!

We’ve launched several new features that make the LivePlan Dashboard even better. If your business uses QuickBooks Online or Xero, LivePlan can now automatically create a business dashboard in seconds, create printed and PDF reports for board meetings and presentations with your own branding, and automatically create your budget and forecast.

Do Visuals Really Trump Text?
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Do Visuals Really Trump Text?

We’ve all sat through that horrible presentation that’s nothing but bullets in 10 point font. Here’s why you should include visuals in your presentations, and how it can make them more persuasive and effective.

Market Analysis in 4 Steps
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Market Analysis in 4 Steps

Understanding your customers is the key to success for any startup—and this is where a market analysis comes in. It may sound like a daunting and complex process, but fortunately, it’s not.