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. I’m kicking off the process of building the business Operating System for Cheezburger. Well-functioning systems and operational processes. The post Building A Business Operating System appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

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. One area I’ve had much discussion with the companies in which I’ve invested in is bringing on board an operationally focused CFO. I watched Ophir Tanz achieve much in his early days at the Founder & CEO at GumGum, which has now become quite a large business.

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Pixar, Artists, Founders and Corporate Innovation

Steve Blank

—– In a recent workshop with a large company focused on the Innovation@50x process, I mentioned that founders and intraprenuers operate more like artists than accountants – on day one they see something no one else does. Startup founders operate in chaos and uncertainty.

What Happens When Startups Turn from Their Innovation Stage to Operational Excellence?

Both Sides of the Table

Nearly every successful tech startup I’ve observed over the past 20 years has gone through a similar growth pattern: Innovate, systematize then scale operations. Sam & Rahul have worked closely together on “innovate & operate” since the earliest days of MakeSpace.

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. Great operating systems leverage new hardware, provide a consistent way to run applications, and provide a foundation for all interaction with a computing system.

How Much Founder Stock Should You Offer Co-Founders?

Startup Professionals Musings

Two heads are better than one, so the first task in many startups is finding a co-founder or two. Giving a co-founder a salary won’t get you the “fire in the belly” you want. The CTO of many technical startups was the original founder.

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Why Uber is The Revenge of the Founders

Steve Blank

Why do these founders get to stay around? Because the balance of power has dramatically shifted from investors to founders. VCs competing for unicorn investments have given founders control of the board. A founder’s lack of credibility/experience in growing and managing a large company hindered a company that wanted to go public. A pre-IPO board usually had two founders, two VCs and one “independent” member. Founders in the Driver’s Seat. The founders.

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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. It takes time for the equity value to get to a point where it makes sense for the founders and employees to take a bit of their equity value off the table.

My Operating System: How I stay productive and get things done

Jeff Hilimire

Having been asked how I do so much, and not having a great answer, I decided to take stock in how I manage my time and I came up with several keys to what I’ll call my Operating System (OS). It’s how I picked my co-founders at Dragon Army and 48in48. So that’s my Operating System. The post My Operating System: How I stay productive and get things done appeared first on Begin the Begin. The #1 thing I get asked isn’t how to create a startup.

Founder Leadership Models

Seeing Both Sides

There are a number of founder leadership models that can work well as a startup evolves. Getting the founder model right is critical because the founder is the soul of a company. product), while letting the #2 run most of the day-to-day operations.

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. This year will be the 7th Business of Software, a three day conference for founders who want to build sustainable, profitable software businesses. BoS Insights Operations

Airware: An operating system for drones

Chris Dixon

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. The founder of Airware, Jonathan Downey, spent most of his life studying aviation and engineering. As investors, we try to back brilliant founders pursuing audacious ideas. I’m excited to announce that Andreessen Horowitz, along with Google Ventures, is investing $10.7M

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. The post Effective communication tips for operating a business across time zones appeared first on The Next Web. This article was co-written with Anastasia Popova, Coub’s Marketing Director.

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. I have enormous regard for Jim and Jon Nordmark, his co-host of the Founder Institute Denver program and want to be supportive of anything they are involved in.

Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

Both Sides of the Table

This blog started from a series of conversations I found myself having over and over again with founders and eventually decided I should just start writing them.It Yet somehow many people think that startups intended to operate at massive, Internet scale can be casual affairs.

When Founders Leave

StartupCFO

They say that the co-founder relationship is like a marriage. Indeed, founders probably spend more of their waking hours together than with their spouses. So, it should come as no surprise, that just as many marriages fail, the same is true of founder relationships.

9 Founder Habits That Leave a Business Foundering

Startup Professionals Musings

After working with dozens of startup founders, I’m still amazed that some seem to be able to do the job easily and effectively, always in control, while others always seem to be struggling, out-of-control, and fighting the latest crisis. Some founders go too far to become consensus builders.

How does Etsy manage development and operations?

Code as Craft

Recently, someone asked, “ How does Etsy manage development and operations? &# with these comments: Etsy seems to have scaled far and fast, whilst continuing to add new features; how is all this managed – is there a strictly-defined process within which engineers operate, or is it a case of hiring clever people and letting them get on with it (Facebook-style)? operations people philosophy

How Founders Can Become Better Leaders

Up and Running

As a founder, you’ve probably been focused on writing your business plan , building out your financial forecasts to position yourself to get funding, and managing the day-to-day minutia of running a business. Founders of young organizations sometimes feel like they’re under a microscope.

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

Active Garage

From the time the idea of a company was developed, those who control the purse strings (finance) and those who manage the income (sales, operations, and marketing) are often adversaries.

Further Thoughts on Startup Operations

Both Sides of the Table

“I need somebody to run operations.&# I never said you shouldn’t have a VP of Operations. I think people understand this title to mean more somebody who handles operational issues rather than somebody who is more like a “chief of staff&# as a COO often is.

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

joel.is

The title felt perfect since I would describe Leo as someone who really thrives with operations. How do you structure how you work with your co-founder or business partners? co-founders ceo coo roles For the first two years of Buffer we didn’t use C-level titles.

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

joel.is

The title felt perfect since I would describe Leo as someone who really thrives with operations. How do you structure how you work with your co-founder or business partners? Coo Co-Founders Roles Ceo Tweet. Buffer. For the first two years of Buffer we didn’t use C-level titles.

Nine Bad Behaviors of Struggling Startup Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

After working with dozens of startup founders, I’m still amazed that some seem to be able to do the job easily and effectively, always in control, while others always seem to be struggling, out-of-control, and fighting the latest crisis. Some founders go too far to become consensus builders.

“Convince Me” said the Investor. “No” said the Founder.

Hunter Walker

It’s in a founder’s natural disposition to want to convince people of their point of view. Earlier this summer an engaging and forward-thinking founder told me a story from her in-process seed fundraise.

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. Investors routinely decline to fund co-founders who are siblings, or in a romantic relationship. “We strategy entrepreneur startup co-founder business

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. So, if M&A is the most likely exit path for a venture backed company, what should Founders think about as they approach this process?

Some Stories Need to be Founder To Founder

Hunter Walker

Because I think while the advice I want to deliver to founders is generally “correct,” it’s not really useful coming from me. Because when these words come from VCs (instead of other founders), they get accused of talking their book or otherwise being self-serving.

Founder Labs NYC

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Two of my favorite pre-accelerator programs are Startup Weekend and Founder Labs. " 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. To date the only Founders Labs have taken place in San Francsico. I'm excited to say that Founder Labs is coming to NYC this spring. The Gotham Gal and I have been helping the Founder Labs team come to NYC.

Started From the Bottom Now They’re Here: Why Startups Are Racing to Build Operations Teams

Hunter Walker

For me one common thread ran through the stories: importance of operations teams in these new on-demand businesses. Strong operations leads are as valuable – and scarce – as great designers, experienced mobile devs and the other fabled unicorn hires. The customer experience for these companies may start with bits but it ends with atoms, and that’s why an Operations team can make – or break – your startup. “I WANT IT NOW!”

Founders Finding Funding From Friends May Be Fools

Startup Professionals Musings

With “cash flow” obligations, investors receive a percentage of your operating cash flow (if any) until they have been repaid in full, or have achieved a specified percentage return on their investment. Some founders are too focused on quick repayment, and they compromise strategic decisions.

The Other Founder

Seeing Both Sides

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the unsung hero of many start-ups: the other founder. A lot has been written about the founder/CEO and her growth and evolution as a company grows. Larry Page is the other founder. But then the company hired a VP of operations.

How should a startup founder value her time?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Almost no startup founder values her time properly. ” To see this, suppose you divided your time between seven companies, all operating on these terms. Consultants know exactly what their time is worth: their hourly rate.

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.

Building Your MVP as a Non-Technical Founder

SoCal CTO

I did a presentation this week at Coloft that looked at how Non-Technical Founders can go about getting their MVP built. There are a few cases where you somewhat need to see the system operating to have a sense of the value.

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Why Every Entrepreneur Needs A Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

Due to founder visibility, the team is so tuned in to the visionary and current direction that every turn to the right to pursue a new idea turns the whole team to the right.

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. entrepreneur startup get rich quick lifestyle founder business

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 is an essential lean startup tool that combines seemingly irreconcilable attributes: it provides operational, actionable, real-time feedback that is truly representative of your customers experience as a whole.

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

The Next Web

Julius Talvik is co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Unison , a brand innovation company in Washington, DC, that develops physical and digital products for companies around the world.

How These Founders Convinced Millennials to Rub Charcoal on Their Armpits

Inc Startups

With a lean operation and a successful 'Shark Tank' appearance, the millennial founders of PiperWai have customers lining up to buy their all-natural deodorant

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