For purposes of this discussion, you will assume that you have just been hired by Josephine, a business which connects home-based food vendors to

For purposes of this discussion, you will assume that you have just been hired by Josephine, a business which connects home-based food vendors to community members seeking home-cooked meals, similarly to the manner in which Über connects drivers to people needing a ride, and Etsy connects buyers to home-based crafts manufacturers. You are new to Josephine, and have been hired as finance manager. You are responsible for Josephine’s initial public offering, and in your capacity as finance manager, you wish to investigate Etsy because it is a firm which has a strikingly similar business model to that of Josephine. You intend to suggest Etsy as a peer, as you move closer to Josephine’s offering. Assume that Etsy is relatively young in terms of length of operations as a publically-traded firm. This firm’s Cash Flow from Assets, Operating Cash Flow and Cash Flow to Stockholders have sometimes taken on negative values, and thus you understand that this firm may or may not offer a positive example of financial management, for a young and growing firm such as Josephine. You have thus scheduled a discussion on this matter with Josephine’s chief executive officer to analyze Etsy (Etsy, 2016).