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The Board Operating System

Feld Thoughts

In the comments to my post yesterday titled The Religion of Silicon Valley , Rosey commented that the choice of metaphor could be “ operating system ” instead of religion. Can you, for example, take the SV’s operating system and drag and drop it into Boulder or Kansas City?

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.

Startup Boards – Operation Pre-Order

Feld Thoughts

As a result, I’m activating Operation Pre-order today. The post Startup Boards – Operation Pre-Order appeared first on Feld Thoughts. My newest book, Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors , will ship at the end of the month. Between now and Sunday, if you pre-order a copy of Startup Boards on Amazon , you will be entered into a random drawing. If you need immediate gratification, the Kindle version of Startup Boards is already shipping.

Silicon Valley – Religion, Operating System, or Something Else?

Feld Thoughts

Then I wrote a post titled The Board Operating System. A few folks tied together the concepts of Religion and Operating System as an operative metaphor for Silicon Valley. Operating System. The post Silicon Valley – Religion, Operating System, or Something Else? Entrepreneurship culture frame of mind operating system religion silicon valleyEarlier this week I wrote a post titled The Religion of Silicon Valley.

The Secret Weapon to Scaling: Sales Operations

Seeing Both Sides

I asked her what role she was currently playing and my eyes widened when she replied, "sales operations". When the people around us looked puzzled, I realized that not everyone appreciates that sales operations is the secret weapon to scaling start ups.

Social Trends Podcast: A Vision For A Business Operating System

Brandanew

She recently shared Zoho’s vision for a business operating system, no less. Listen to to the show here: Social Trends Podcast : A Vision For a Business Operation System. Meera : This mainly comes from our vision around building a business operating system.

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

Both Sides of the Table

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. We hired Steve Pease to run finance and then eventually all operations and it has transformed how we operate.

Digitalizing Your Business Means Re-Imagining How It Operates

Inc Startups

Among other things, digitalizing a business requires management to re-think its process design and operating models. Pivot: Reinvention Central

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.

Operating Leverage

David Lee

Probably the useful concept for me in the context of tech was the notion of “operating leverage.” A business that has high fixed costs relative to lower variable costs has high operating leverage. The beauty of a business with high operating leverage is that you get a lot of leverage from your customers or users (sorry for circular statement). If you read his shareholder letters over their 10+ year existence , operating leverage is a common theme.

Carvana Opens a Coin Operated Car Buying Vending Machine in Austin

SiliconHills

Just like buying a can of Coke, a giant Carvana fully-automated coin-operated car vending machine will deliver consumers cars. It has a similar machine […] The post Carvana Opens a Coin Operated Car Buying Vending Machine in Austin appeared first on SiliconHills.

Operation Email Purge

Venture Chronicles

I’ve been on a crusade against my gmail inbox and am happy to report deleting over 100k unread emails in just a month. 100k unread emails… something is wrong with the state of email marketing when that happens. Gmail provides a bunch of really good tools for managing email: Unsubscribe link: If the sender has an unsub link in the footer you will likely see a handy link that Gmail inserts in the header. Use it. Filters: Wow, where to start? Is:unread is a favorite.

Startup Communities – Operation Pre-order

Feld Thoughts

As a result, I’m activating Operation Pre-order today. My newest book, Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City , will ship around the end of the month. Between now and Sunday, if you pre-order a copy of Startup Communities, you will be entered into a random drawing. I’m going to pick two random winners – one for hardcopy book orders from Amazon and one for hardcopy book orders from BarnesandNoble.com.

French Startup Speachme Launches U.S. Operations in Austin

SiliconHills

operations, based in Austin. Operations in Austin appeared first on SiliconHills. Speachme, a two year old educational technology company, announced Tuesday the launch of its U.S. The French company makes a peer-to-peer knowledge transfer platform used by global brands such as Tesla, Airbus, PwC, Nissan and Coca-Cola. It was founded in 2012 and has 41 employees. The company is also hiring 10 […] The post French Startup Speachme Launches U.S.

Angie Lawing Wins Startup Boards Operation Pre-Order

Feld Thoughts

The post Angie Lawing Wins Startup Boards Operation Pre-Order appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Just before Christmas I ran a week long pre-order campaign for my new book Startup Boards. It’s officially shipping at this point so if you are interested in it but haven’t yet ordered it, give your friend Brad a solid. The winner of the campaign is Angie Lawing from Mercury Labs in St. Louis. I’ll be hosting her and her board in Boulder for a board meeting whenever she wants.

Oracle Cloud: The Quest for Operational Excellence

deal architect

Mark Hurd, CEO of Oracle pointed out during this week’s Cloud Summit that consumer tech spending has caught up to enterprise tech spending, and is accelerating. Enterprise tech spending, in contrast, is under all kinds of pressure. He did not.

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Lightspeed Systems Moves Operations from California to Austin

SiliconHills

Lightspeed Systems, which makes education software, announced plans to relocate all of its operations and employees from Bakersfield, Calif. The Bakersfield Californian reports Lightspeed has about 80 employees and most of […] The post Lightspeed Systems Moves Operations from California to Austin appeared first on SiliconHills. to Austin.

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. But, even more important, is how much it costs for an enterprise to move their money around.

API First Transformation at Etsy – Operations

Code as Craft

This post covers the operational side of the API infrastructure. Operations: Architecture Implications. Operations: Tooling. To avoid the lock overhead, we circumvent the distributed locking problem by relying on memcached’s atomic increment and decrement operation.

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Operation ‘Hire a VC’

StartupCFO

So, today, I am pleased to announce Operation Hire a VC. And if you’re an employer and agree with me that VCs would make great team members then come join the cause and implement Operation Hire a VC at your company! The post Operation ‘Hire a VC’ appeared first on StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod. A year ago today I started full time at FreshBooks , completing my transition out of VC. People often ask me if I miss it.

How An iPad POS Can Streamline Your Business Operations

YoungUpstarts

Previous incarnations were clumsy, difficult to operate, not very effective and limited in both functionality and features. Technology is everywhere. In virtually every industry, tech advances have changed the way we do business.

Operating Cash Ratio – The Magic Metric For Entrepreneurs

Mike Michalowicz

And by tracking it through a metric called the Operating Cash Ratio (OCR), you will have your thumb on the company’s pulse. Cash Flow Money Strategies cash strategies instant metric money management ocr operating cash ratio

Should you outsource your financial operations?

Version One Ventures

The post Should you outsource your financial operations? This week everyone has been talking about Zirtual – the on-demand virtual assistant company that collapsed on Sunday night, suddenly laying off more than 400 employees (the company now is going to be acquired by Startups.co). Zirtual CEO Maren Kate Donovan blamed the collapse partly on an outsourced CFO firm and numbers that failed to account for two additional pay periods.

Best Buy Selects San Marcos for E-Commerce Sales Operation

SiliconHills

Best Buy has selected San Marcos as the location for its e-commerce sales operation with plans to hire 25 employees. “We’re pleased to have reached an agreement to bring this e-commerce sales operation to the City of San Marcos and Hays County,” Best Buy spokesman Shane […] The post Best Buy Selects San Marcos for E-Commerce Sales Operation appeared first on SiliconHills.

Individualism: How I Operate

Chaganomics

My belief against the innacurate economics of middle class America was greatly cemented when I read Richard Parker's: The Myth of the Middle Class. From that point on I have looked at the middle class American value system as the true destroyer of the environment, the American Dream and the American individual. I have nothing against middle income people - that would be ridiculous - I have disdain for the political version of middle class American values, which is a shallow way of gaining votes.

Do Windows or Mac Operating Systems Matter?

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

I think the bigger question is "Do Operating Systems Matter Anymore?" Of course every computer needs an operating system to work, but does anyone care which one? The choice of app determined which operating system you purchased.

4 Operational Features Every Online Business Should Work To Improve Upon

YoungUpstarts

Regardless of the industry a company operates in, there are certain practices and processes that need to be optimised in order to facilitate ideal business outcomes. Others business advice business operations Internet business

Birchbox Cuts 15 Percent of Staff, Suspends Operations in Canada

Inc Startups

The subscription beauty service has decided to lay off some of its employees, citing a difficult funding environment and steep shipping prices to Canada

What is Your Company's Human Operating System?

Inc Startups

Your firm's human operating system is informed by your vision, enabled by your strategies and is translated into culture. Here are the key parts of every Human Operating System

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

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. I’m excited to announce that Andreessen Horowitz, along with Google Ventures, is investing $10.7M Drones were first developed by the military. But as component prices drop and software becomes more sophisticated, drones are starting to be used in non-military applications.

Effective communication tips for operating a business across time zones

The Next Web

The post Effective communication tips for operating a business across time zones appeared first on The Next Web. Anton Gladkoborodov is the founder and CEO of Coub, an HD video-remixing platform. This article was co-written with Anastasia Popova, Coub’s Marketing Director.

Putting the Dev in Devops: Bringing Software Engineering to Operations Infrastructure Tooling

Code as Craft

The original idea for this set of tools came from a presentation on Scalable System Operations that a few members of the ops team saw at Velocity in 2012. In homage to Tumblr’s Phil Collins tribute, we named the first ruby script of our own operations toolset after his bandmate Peter Gabriel.

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Why Twitter's Chief of Operations Is Stepping Down

Inc Startups

Longtime executive Adam Bain will be replaced by the social network's CFO Anthony Noto

Ordoro Helps Online Retailers Get to the Next Level by Streamlining Backend Operations

SiliconHills

And they’d rather […] The post Ordoro Helps Online Retailers Get to the Next Level by Streamlining Backend Operations appeared first on SiliconHills. By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Maybe Ordoro is taking the “Hire slow, fire fast” adage too literally.

Managing New User Satisfaction On A Daily Basis

Feld Thoughts

We came up with a very simple operant conditioning loop framework. Any user that doesn’t is unhealthy and gets an operant conditioning action, which in this case is an email with instructions on how to create a record. If they don’t, they get the operant conditioning action, stay at day three, and are now in category b. There are several operant conditioning actions that can extend it by a week or two weeks.

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.

Engaging in Straight Talk: Operating a Customer Council

Inc Startups

A practical guide to running a customer council

Is 2017 The Year Of Flat Headcount?

Feld Thoughts

And still others are profitable and have realized significant operating leverage in the past two quarters that they want to continue. A company with $10m+ of revenue that is growing at 50% or more can often get profitable within 12 months if it focuses on its operating costs. Headcount is almost always the largest increasing operating cost. Management cash flow headcount operating costs profitability

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