Investor VCs and Operator VCs
A VC : Venture Capital and Technology
MAY 1, 2017
The Venture Capital business is full of great firms that were founded by entrepreneurs/operators who became investors mid/late career. You build domain expertise, operating experience, and relationships/networks that help you win deals and help entrepreneurs by doing it this way. I think there are a bunch of reasons why many of the best VCs, at least of my generation, were not entrepreneurs and operators before becoming VCs. ” Operators work on one thing all the time.
The Board Operating System
APRIL 22, 2015
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
SEPTEMBER 6, 2013
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
DECEMBER 23, 2013
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?
APRIL 24, 2015
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 Smartest Way To Improve Business Operations
NOVEMBER 26, 2015
Grow Operations business operations internal audit process management productivity risk management small business advisersRunning a business isn’t an easy task. There are always difficulties to deal with that could negatively affect productivity.
Social Trends Podcast: A Vision For A Business Operating System
AUGUST 22, 2016
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
MAY 2, 2015
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.
An Operating System for Your Mobile Supercomputer
DECEMBER 19, 2013
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.
MARCH 12, 2013
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
FEBRUARY 7, 2017
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
NOVEMBER 17, 2015
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.
Digitalizing Your Business Means Re-Imagining How It Operates
APRIL 17, 2017
Among other things, digitalizing a business requires management to re-think its process design and operating models. Pivot: Reinvention Central
3 ways startups can slash operating costs
The Next Web
FEBRUARY 18, 2017
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.
Startup Communities – Operation Pre-order
SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
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.
Angie Lawing Wins Startup Boards Operation Pre-Order
JANUARY 5, 2014
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.
French Startup Speachme Launches U.S. Operations in Austin
SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
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.
Oracle Cloud: The Quest for Operational Excellence
MAY 3, 2015
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.
Lightspeed Systems Moves Operations from California to Austin
JUNE 22, 2016
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.
API First Transformation at Etsy – Operations
Code as Craft
SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
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.
Operation ‘Hire a VC’
APRIL 1, 2014
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 to Move HR from Operational Fluff to Strategic Partner
MAY 16, 2017
HR Does More Than Payroll -- How to Become More Strategic and Why it's Vital to Your Company. HR/Benefits
How An iPad POS Can Streamline Your Business Operations
FEBRUARY 19, 2016
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
SEPTEMBER 26, 2013
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
AUGUST 14, 2015
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
AUGUST 16, 2016
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.
Five Steps to Automating Business Operations for Improved Efficiency
MAY 5, 2017
Ready to extricate yourself from "doing all the doing" and empower employees, while still growing your business? Here's how.
Individualism: How I Operate
MAY 31, 2016
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
APRIL 14, 2011
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
DECEMBER 21, 2015
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
JANUARY 29, 2016
The subscription beauty service has decided to lay off some of its employees, citing a difficult funding environment and steep shipping prices to Canada
The truth about Van Halen’s M&M Rider – just good operations.
Business of Software Blog
AUGUST 7, 2013
“In other words, David Lee Roth was no diva; he was an operations master. BoS Insights Operations
Airware: An operating system for drones
MAY 15, 2013
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.
What is Your Company's Human Operating System?
DECEMBER 5, 2016
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
Effective communication tips for operating a business across time zones
The Next Web
SEPTEMBER 12, 2014
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
FEBRUARY 22, 2016
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.
Ordoro Helps Online Retailers Get to the Next Level by Streamlining Backend Operations
OCTOBER 31, 2013
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.
Why Twitter's Chief of Operations Is Stepping Down
NOVEMBER 10, 2016
Longtime executive Adam Bain will be replaced by the social network's CFO Anthony Noto
How to win the Operations vs. Finance battle: Become a trusted advisor
MAY 10, 2010
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
SEPTEMBER 17, 2011
“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.