Announcing NextView Operator Guilds

View from Seed

We’re calling them NextView Operator Guilds. . The concept our Guilds is simple: We want to bring together small groups of Product and Go-to-Market experts to lend their time to support our portfolio company founders and key operators.

[INTERVIEW] Brandon Seigel, President, Wellness Works Management Partners, Madison, Wisconsin


Now, with his business Wellness Works Management Partners, Brandon manages multiple private practices and consults with entrepreneurs and health practitioners worldwide. Describe your professional background and how it led you to create Wellness Works Management Partners.

Managing The Operations Of Your Startup


Your success or failure will not rely upon the historical data and industry statistics, but from how well you manage daily operations. Here are five tips for assuming better command over your startup operations: Consolidate and Negotiate. by Cameron Johnson.

A Startup Guide To Streamlining Your Operation

The Startup Magazine

Streamlining operations helps reduce stress while also allowing you to build a business that will have everything that it needs to succeed. There are so many different areas of business to manage when starting a new company that it can be hard to keep up.

[INTERVIEW] Mark Attanasio, Toronto Financial Services Executive, Managing Partner Of Hillcrest Merchant Partners


It’s taken the Toronto executive from the world of Big 3 Accounting (as a CPA with PricewaterhouseCoopers in his early career) to Investment Banking(National Bank Financial) and capital markets (co-founding Eight Capital after leading the management buyout of Dundee Capital Markets).

How VCs Think About Adding New Partners

Both Sides of the Table

After years of trying to persuade Kara Nortman to become a partner at Upfront Ventures I can officially announce now that she’s joined us effective immediately. People often ask me what VCs look for when we hire partners and many have asked how to become VCs themselves one day.

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

Both Sides of the Table

For a well-funded seed company I have controversially recommended hiring a great office manager that doubles as an administrative assistant. One area I’ve had much discussion with the companies in which I’ve invested in is bringing on board an operationally focused CFO. Having an amazing and operationally focused CFO has freed up the rest of the team to achieve even more while giving the board much more confidence in our strategic direction.

How to Pick a Partner Who Will Amplify Your Efforts

Startup Professionals Musings

Very few entrepreneurs have the range of skills and experience to be the solution creator as well as business creator, or operational as well as sales leader. The challenge is to recognize and recruit that ideal partner match early with minimal cost and risk.

Bolstering the Partner Ranks at GRP

Both Sides of the Table

It is with great pleasure that I can finally announce that we have added Greg Bettinelli as a partner at GRP Partners. This is exactly the brand that GRP Partners wants to embody. We knew he had to be an investment partner. He is an investment partner exactly like I am.

Managing Your Business’ Online Presence


Customers now expect to be able to find basic information about a business, such as its operating hours and location — all online. Now more than ever, small business owners need to manage their business’ online presence.

Lean Innovation Management – Making Corporate Innovation Work

Steve Blank

—– Lean Innovation Management. Companies pursuing innovation can Buy, Build, Partner or use Open Innovation. Each horizon requires different focus, different management, different tools and different goals. Horizon 1 operates on goals and incentives.

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Finance Director/ Operations


Summary Of The Role Provide financial support to Global Operations driving strategy, planning and overall financial performance. The Global Operations organization remit includes Supply Chain, Procurement, Customer Service and Corporate Real Estate. Identify, address and implement solutions for operational improvement and cost opportunities.

Reflections Of A Retired Senior Manager

Startup Professionals Musings

My career, in several companies, included management consulting, different positions in many functional areas, heading up international operations and eventually leading to several positions as interim CEO.

Upfront Ventures Adds Hamet Watt as New Investment Partner

Both Sides of the Table

I am thrilled to announce that we have added Hamet Watt as a Partner at Upfront Ventures. But as sweet as that success has been (we invested pre-revenue in a small team) today my even more important news was the further expansion of our partner ranks. He will be a venture partner.

5 Risk Management Issues Many Small Business Owners Neglect


One area where good decision making plays a large role in any business is in regards to risk management. A large part of a good risk management plan is a business owner who can determine what the businesses actual risk is and how much of a risk each element represents.

Channel partners can be golden for growth


Dave’s note: Here comes my favorite “tell-it-like-it-is” CEO, Kim Shepherd, with another of her pieces from her experience managing a completely virtual company with over one hundred employees located through the United States and beyond. .

Fund Investing Versus Fund Management


As such, I feel like it really took me 4-5 years to internalize how all the aspects of fund management come together. The reason that’s important — and why I’m writing this — is that in helping lots of folks think through starting their own new funds (there are even more of them bubbling up today), I find there’s a crossing-point at which an investor transforms from being an angel or operating out of a small fund to being an ”investment manager” of other people’s money.

Ten Learning Steps from Entrepreneur to Manager

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs often have formidable technical expertise, key to developing a new product or service, but a great naïveté in management skills. It’s here that entrepreneurs must shift their thinking from tactical and operational, to strategic and managerial.

10 Keys to Managing the Business After the Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs often have formidable technical expertise, key to developing a new product or service, but a great naïveté in management skills. It’s here that entrepreneurs must shift their thinking from tactical and operational, to strategic and managerial.

Some Entrepreneurs Never Learn to Manage Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs often have formidable technical expertise, key to developing a new product or service, but a great naïveté in management skills. It’s here that entrepreneurs must shift their thinking from tactical and operational, to strategic and managerial.

Business Prenup: What To Do Before You Start A Company With A Partner


Zyla, managing director of Acuitas, Inc., Here are a few tips to ensure that you and your partners start out on the right foot. Consider regular face-to-face meetings with prospective partners, so you can gauge body language and “listen between the lines.” by Mark L.

Operation Marketing Freedom

Up and Running

The “freedom&# aspect of Operation Iraqi Freedom officially started after theUS invasion of Iraq and we found out there weren’t any Weapons of Mass Destruction.The mission turned from a matter of finding WMDs to rebuilding a broken society andinfrastructure. I’m Your Partner.


Austin Startup

MANAGING DIRECTOR OF TECHSTARS AUSTIN AMOS SCHWARTZFARB REVEALS DETAILS ON SEPT. In 2015, Schwartzfarb moved over to the investor side as Managing Director of Techstars in Austin, leading the accelerator and its startups into new heights of innovation and success.

How many business partners should you have? Maybe zero

Up and Running

It’s almost as if we – the startup community – have been led to believe that you need partners. Some with partners, others without. On the other hand, the ventures which were outright failures or fledgling businesses involved anywhere from two to four business partners.

Retail risk management key to success

NZ Entrepreneur

If you’re in retail (or thinking about it), success requires a smart balance of risk management and risk taking. Here are six areas of business that top performing retail businesses manage well. NZ Sales Manager.

10 Expert Tips To Help You Manage Your Business’ Finances More Accurately


One of the biggest reasons both big and small businesses fail is due to financial troubles whether that be from not managing money correctly; not being able to afford supplies, equipment, and/or rent to stay in business; and/or merely not being profitable.

6 Tips For Managing Millennial Sales Representatives


by Geoff Winthrop, Executive Vice President and Partner at Acquirent, LLC. However, sometimes managing millennials, takes a little extra “care and feeding” in order to get the most from these young men and women. They just see time management in a different light.

BlackLocus Raises $2.5M, Adding Austin Operations

Austin Startup

BlackLocus, the leading cloud provider of automated pricing optimization and revenue management solutions for online retailers, today announced it has raised a $2.5 They are hiring in Austin, seeking office space, and moving significant operations here. The round was co-led by Texas-based DFJ Mercury and Silverton Partners, and included co-investment from Pittsburgh-based Innovation Works.

The Art of How Not to Manage Your Business

Up and Running

’, regardless of whether you operate an architectural firm, a waste management facility, or a cafe and especially if you’re not seeing results. The company that requires justification for everything on the other hand is operating on a basis of fear.

How to Better Manage Relationships with Your VC

Both Sides of the Table

On my first real day back the first thought I have is that most entrepreneurs don’t manage their VC relationships as well as they could. My observation is that many entrepreneurs have a strong relationship with the partner at the VC who invested in his or her company.

10 Ways Your Startup Co-Founder Is Like A Good Spouse

Startup Professionals Musings

Very few entrepreneurs have the range of skills and experience to be the solution creator as well as business creator, or operational as well as sales leader. The challenge is to recognize and recruit that ideal partner match early with minimal cost and risk.

The Scarcest Resource at Startups is Management Bandwidth

Both Sides of the Table

“Yeah, but I’m just going to execute this [channel sales deal, international license of my product, new industry, new operating system, biz dev deal] and then it will pretty much run itself.” And nobody is more important in this regard than senior management.

How to Manage Supply Chain Planning Like a Pro


This integral element of most businesses is woven through every aspect of operations. For manufacturing startups, here are several ways to achieve effective supply chain management: Understand Your Supply Chain Elements. Develop Relationships with Supply Chain Partners.

The Experience of Being a Limited Partner in Venture Capital

This is going to be BIG.

Either way, VC funds aren't really built around creating much of an experience for their Limited Partners. Rather than see LP interactions as a chore or a burden, new fund managers should see this as an opportunity to extend the community around their fund. They don't have a directive to be invested in venture and they're not aiming to make some target return to pay out benefits or university operating expenses, etc. Partnership investing is boring.

So you say you want to be a Product Manager …?

Austin Startup

(Almost) everything you need to know (but are afraid to ask) before you wistfully ask a product manager to coffee so they will help you find a job. TL;DR Product management is a unique and poorly understood discipline, especially as it applies to software and other tech-related companies.

David Norris joins us as Partner

The Equity Kicker

I’m excited to let you know that David Norris joined us today as my Partner. Today I am proud to join Forward Partners as a VC. “Many of you in this room in 20 years time will be in business and you’ll be managers. Forward Partners, London.

My dad said: “Never take on a business partner.”


Most often, one partner remained active as another partner drifted away from the business, no longer carrying the weight anticipated at start-up. We called ourselves “partners” and received lots of press, even nationally, as we managed our teenage business.

[Singapore] Evernote Partners StarHub to Expand Footprint Here


“The outlier in Southeast Asia – and the rest of the world – sits right here, in Singapore,” shares Troy Malone, general manager of Evernote in Asia Pacific.

Finding an Affordable Commercial Space, a Business Partner & Community in Austin, TX

Austin Startup

One of the first set of questions I asked was to my friend and now business partner, Steph Douglass. We realized we couldn’t run our real estate business and an event center, so we hired our event manager, Celeste.

Relax Already! Ten Habits Of Highly Effective Stress Managers


by Allen Elkin, PhD, author of “ Stress Management For Dummies “ Benjamin Franklin once commented that “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” The good news is, managing your stress isn’t a magical process. Managing time efficiently.

Picking a General Partner

Ben's Blog

In my career, I have never seen a position in any industry with more varying criteria than General Partner at a venture capital firm. Some firms hire pure investors, some firms hire operators, some Wall Street analysts, some firms hire sales people, some firms hire lawyers, and others hire reporters. With that in mind, I will explain in detail our criteria at AH in the context of the type of firm that we strive to build and our newest general partner, Scott Weiss.

Expanding your startup into Asia? Here’s how to build out your operations in the region

The Next Web

The inspiration for my second post came from the many CEOs and entrepreneurs who come to me knowing they want to go after Asia and are aware of their target markets, but unsure of the best approach to start building out their operations on the ground.

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The Lean LaunchPad – Teaching Entrepreneurship as a Management Science

Steve Blank

Business schools teach aspiring executives a variety of courses around the execution of known business models, (accounting, organizational behavior, managerial skills, marketing, operations, etc.). This Stanford class will introduce management tools for entrepreneurs.

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