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Building A Business Operating System

Feld Thoughts

Ben Huh, the founder/CEO who I adore and love working with, send out a powerful email about how he’s approaching Cheezburger’s next stage of growth, and how he’s thinking about building the business operating system. Well-functioning systems and operational processes. Following is Ben’s email. And why?

3 ways startups can slash operating costs

The Next Web

One of the more expensive aspects of running a business revolves around handling money. Yes, a budget is important.

How Great, Operationally-Focused CFO’s Can Transform Your Business

Both Sides of the Table

Clearly the founders and senior executives of a company are the most valuable resources and their time should be maximized on the most valuable tasks. watched Ophir Tanz achieve much in his early days at the Founder & CEO at GumGum, which has now become quite a large business. But alas I must scale with businesses and make money.

An Operating System for Your Mobile Supercomputer

Peter Levine

Yet-to-be-developed applications are waiting to take advantage of this processing capability, and it’s going to require mobile operating system innovation to expose this awesome power. An operating system is one of the most fundamental and important pieces of software.

Founders Circle

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Last week my friend Chris Albinson formed an interesting new firm called Founders Circle Capital. In a nutshell, Founders Circle provides liquidity for the founders and employees of a “breakaway growth companies” so they don’t need to sell or take the company public prematurely. VC & Technology

How To Find the Right Co-Founders?

Steve Blank

How do you figure out what’s the right mix of skills for the co-founders of your startup? Are We Missing A Founder? Who can I hire later?

Effective communication tips for operating a business across time zones

The Next Web

Anton Gladkoborodov is the founder and CEO of Coub, an HD video-remixing platform. This story continues at The Next Web. Entrepreneur Insider

Founder Leadership Models

Seeing Both Sides

There are a number of founder leadership models that can work well as a startup evolves. the founder becomes CTO).

How These Founders Convinced Millennials to Rub Charcoal on Their Armpits

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

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Airware: An operating system for drones

Chris Dixon

I’m excited to announce that Andreessen Horowitz, along with Google Ventures, is investing $10.7M in Airware , a startup that makes operating systems for flying robots, popularly known as drones. Airware makes operating systems for low-cost, non-military drones. As investors, we try to back brilliant founders pursuing audacious ideas.

When Founders Leave


They say that the co-founder relationship is like a marriage. The Founder Pre-Nup. Founders are initially resistant to this.

The truth about Van Halen’s M&M Rider – just good operations.

Business of Software Blog

“In other words, David Lee Roth was no diva; he was an operations master. BoS Insights Operations oor?”. purpose. cations.

Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

Both Sides of the Table

The founders of DropBox, Airbnb, Uber – you name it. Obsession. The drive to succeed at all costs. absolutely loved the film. Zuckerberg.

Founder Institute This Summer in Colorado

Feld Thoughts

So when Jim Franklin, the CEO of SendGrid (one of our portfolio companies and a TechStars Boulder mentor) asked if I would write a post about the Founder Institute program in Boulder, I told him that I’d give him control of my blog to write a guest post on it. Last summer  Founder Institute held its inaugural class in Denver. 

Founder Labs NYC

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Two of my favorite pre-accelerator programs are Startup Weekend and Founder Labs. Their approach is to "share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups in 54 hours." Founder Labs does it over 5.5 Founder Labs are longer and more of a committment for everyone involed. Founder Labs was started by Women 2.0.

How to Up Your Board Meeting Game as a Founder [Deck Templates 2.0]

View from Seed

But more so, these decks are about one thing: upping your board game as a founder. Some founders hesitate to spin up a board early, maybe due to the perception that investors would try to control the company, maybe out of a concern of putting too many balls in the air at once. You can get a copy of our “2.0” resource

9 Founder Habits That Leave a Business Foundering

Startup Professionals Musings

In that context, startup founders should carefully review the points made by Denny F. Some founders go too far to become consensus builders.

Building Your MVP as a Non-Technical Founder


I did a presentation this week at Coloft that looked at how Non-Technical Founders can go about getting their MVP built.

Operating a business in the age of the ‘brand experience’

The Next Web

The concepts of branding that once applied to physical things got transferred to digital assets such as websites and operating systems.

Accidental VC: The Most Dangerous Question for Founders to Overlook in Pitches

View from Seed

Founders must  address distribution in their pitches both overtly and succinctly. You can find those here. ). Accidental VC

How my co-founder and I structure ourselves as CEO and COO

The title felt perfect since I would describe Leo as someone who really thrives with operations. co-founders ceo coo roles

Further Thoughts on Startup Operations

Both Sides of the Table

“I need somebody to run operations.&# never said you shouldn’t have a VP of Operations. Naturally some didn’t.

How my co-founder and I structure ourselves as CEO and COO

The title felt perfect since I would describe Leo as someone who really thrives with operations. Coo Co-Founders Roles Ceo Tweet. Buffer.

Nine Bad Behaviors of Struggling Startup Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

In that context, startup founders should carefully review the points made by Denny F. Some founders go too far to become consensus builders.

How to Keep Operating Like a Startup No Matter How Big Your Company

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

at South by Southwest, Tripadvisor founder Steve Kaufer explains how he keeps the travel giant moving fast. In an interview with Inc.

A Founder's Guide to M&A

Hazard Lights

As a Founder of a venture backed company, eventually the question of whether and how to seek liquidity for your shareholders will come into question. 

7 Co-Founder Strategies That Can Be Very Painful

Startup Professionals Musings

In a moment of crisis, you may be tempted to take on the first person expressing interest as a co-founder. All decisions will be made jointly.”

Why Every Entrepreneur Needs A Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

Balance here comes again from the operational expert, who is very good at leading, managing, and holding people accountable. Marty Zwilling.

Founders Finding Funding From Friends May Be Fools

Startup Professionals Musings

Some founders are too focused on quick repayment, and they compromise strategic decisions. Brian S. Make sure the money is discretionary.

The 4 Types of Stories Founders Need to Tell When Fundraising

View from Seed

As an adult, I know the world operates on story first and logic second. Trying to recruit a co-founder or key-employee? colonize Mars.

The Other Founder

Seeing Both Sides

The other founder usually begins with a particular range of responsibilities that comliment the founder.  And then a VP of finance. 

How does Etsy manage development and operations?

Code as Craft

Overall, engineers are treated as creative collaborators in the overall process with design and product, and products are worked out and iterated on with engineers instead of simply being handed to them for implementation.   Rob (our founder and head of product) likes working with engineers and the engineers spend a lot of time interacting with Rob.  Our

How should a startup founder value her time?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Almost no startup founder values her time properly. Consultants know exactly what their time is worth: their hourly rate. So it’s worse. So

How to win the Operations vs. Finance battle: Become a trusted advisor

Active Garage

Once the financial representation and the operations groups understand what the other does, it becomes easier to support the others’ efforts. 

Every Entrepreneur Has Foundation Beliefs from Which They Operate?Most of Them Just Don't Realize It!

Small Business Force

business and its culture should reflect the foundation beliefs of the founder/entrepreneur. And it's a corollary to commitment. He's been there.

No Startup Founder Was Born With All Skills Needed

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs need this, because their challenges are across the spectrum from technical to legal, operational, financial, and organizational.

32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder


Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do. Partners?

Lessons Learned: Net Promoter Score: an operational tool to.

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Saturday, November 22, 2008 Net Promoter Score: an operational tool to measure customer satisfaction Ive mentioned Net Promoter Score (NPS) in a few previous posts, but havent had a chance to describe it in detail yet. It does it all by asking your customers just one magic question. Its certainly worked for me.

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5 Realities That Frustrate All New Business Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

But nobody said it would be easy. You don’t have enough control over your time, investors, the market, or your startup. It’s very frustrating.

Are Founders Moving From Lifestyle To Quick Buck?

Startup Professionals Musings

They operate the business to sustain a minimal level of cash flow necessary to support the lifestyle. According to William R. Cobb and M. L.