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.

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?

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.

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 all kinds of tools, tech, and software which can streamline tasks in the business operations.

4 Ways To Improve Your Business Operations

YoungUpstarts

If you run a small business or large company, there are several ways that you can improve your operations. Here are some of the best ways to improve your business operations. Your business can be more successful and stay operating longer if you’re willing to make the right chances.

Empower Operational Employees to Innovate

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

The Benefits of Innovation Training for Operational Employees. Why is it that organizations don’t invest in training operational employees? It’s great those folks get the training, and, a missed opportunity to provide training to the operational work force.

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 IoT-Enabled Tracking Systems Improve Business Operations

YoungUpstarts

Businesses that don’t evolve to adapt to new operational challenges will be left behind in today’s fast-paced world. A growing number of business owners and fleet managers are transitioning to GPS-based vehicle tracking systems to help overcome their operational challenges.

Operating Manual (vs. recipe for success)

Eric Friedman

Thinking about these resources as an operating manual is similar to the manual for a car or a bike. Business Leadership Operating ManualI realized recently that while many are searching for the startup playbook to execute on or the recipe for success, the harsh reality is they don’t exist. While you can glean great steps to repeat that have worked, and avoid pitfalls that plagued others – there is no perfect model for building a successful company.

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.

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.

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.

Next Coast Ventures Hires a New Chief Operating Officer

SiliconHills

Next Coast Ventures, an Austin-based venture capital firm, announced this week that it has hired Jonathan Kaplan as its chief operating officer. “I’ve The post Next Coast Ventures Hires a New Chief Operating Officer appeared first on SiliconHills.

Top Goals For Operations Managers In 2014

YoungUpstarts

Whether you’re an operations manager with an MBA in operations degree or merely looking forward to being one in the future, there are some goals that all operations managers will need to have in 2014. Move your core operations to the cloud.

3 Business Apps To Improve Operations And Workflow

YFS Magazine

What if you could free up more time, get more done, and create more–in less time? Would that make life and business easier? Of course, it would. Back Office Grow back office managing workflow productivity project management time management

How to Improve Your Business Operations

Women Entrepreneurs Can

The post How to Improve Your Business Operations appeared first on WECAN. It’s not easy to run a business. You have to contend with annoying customers, staff who don’t know what they’re doing, you only have limited time to get things done, and so on.

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.

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.

3 Ways Startups Are Using AI To Improve Daily Operations

YoungUpstarts

Here are three ways startups are already using AI to improve their daily operations. AI is expected to transform the customer service experience by allowing companies to optimize call center operations and deliver service customized to customer preferences.

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.

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.

If CAC is the New Rent, How should You Operate Differently?

View from Seed

The post If CAC is the New Rent, How should You Operate Differently? Five to ten years ago, it was thought that digitally-native brands and e-commerce retailers had a distinct cost advantage because they didn’t have to pay for legacy physical infrastructure (e.g.

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.

Global Payroll Companies Save Corporations Money On Operations

YoungUpstarts

When a company has started its operations in multiple countries of the world, there are several challenges it has to face. When you have decided to operate in the international scale, it means that you have increased your employees in multiple countries and continents.

Managing The Operations Of Your Startup

YoungUpstarts

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.

16 Simple things you can remember to help operate a forklift safely

Our Own Start-up

We are going to review 16 simple things you can remember to help operate a forklift safely. Growth Strategies forklift forklift safety operate a forklift safely

A Guide to Crafting Your LLC Operating Agreement

Up and Running

An operating agreement is the document that sets the rules for your LLC. In this article, we’ll talk about how to create your own LLC operating agreement, what you should include, and where you’ll need to keep it when you’ve made one. Should I have an operating agreement for my LLC?

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Start Your Business: From Truck Driver to Owner-Operator

The Startup Magazine

There are few workers out there who don’t dream of a day when they could go into business for themselves, doing the same work they already love–but as an owner-operator. Business management is just one area of concern for owner-operator trucking companies.

4 Factors to Consider Before Moving Your Operations Abroad

The Startup Magazine

There are many reasons why moving your business operations – a part of it or the entire company – to another country. You can check whether the workforce is skilled and properly trained by doing surveys and checking existing operations of other companies directly.

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.

Suggestions For Efficient Small Business Operations

The Startup Magazine

When building a startup’s operations, some things may seem inconsequential, but they can be the difference between your business making it past the five year mark, or sinking beneath the bankruptcy seas.

And The Winner Of Operation Pre-Order Is …

Feld Thoughts

Thanks to all of you who participated in Operation Pre-Order for Startup Communities. I got a bunch of fun emails and am excited to share my newest book with you. The Amazon winner is Jess Bachman. He’s from Bowmanville, Ontario which Google shows me is an hour east of Toronto.

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.

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

Finance Director/ Operations

Transformify

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.

6 Ways For Startups To Reduce Operating Costs

YoungUpstarts

Here are a few ways for startups to reduce operating costs so they can function more efficiently, and make every dollar count: 1. The cost to physically operate a business can turn into a major financial burden for startups. by Morgan Sims.

Startup Life – Operation Win A Dinner With Us

Feld Thoughts

As a result, I’m activating Operation Win A Dinner With Us today. The post Startup Life – Operation Win A Dinner With Us appeared first on Feld Thoughts. My newest book, Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur , that I wrote with my wife Amy Batchelor , is shipping. Between now and Saturday (2/2/13), if you order a copy of Startup Life , you will be entered into a random drawing.

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

3 Inefficient Operations To Clean Up In Preparation For A 2014 Boom

YoungUpstarts

Operations can very quickly get stretched or divided, and if a senior manager leaves, there’s no one left to fill the void. Thinking Aloud business operations business planning Tim Edwards by Tim Edwards , CEO of NSR. Many startups aren’t fully tested until they hit the growth stage.

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.

What type of market are you operating in?

Version One Ventures

The post What type of market are you operating in? When we look at investment opportunities, we need to consider the type of market that the potential investment is in. How much room is there for a market leader or leaders? Is it winner-takes-it-all or winner-takes-almost-all? Is there room for multiple potential winners? Winner takes all. These markets are driven by network effects and only one company will win in the space.

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.

Technical Demo of Oblong’s g-speak Spatial Operating Environment

Feld Thoughts

She then shows an example of how Oblong’s “common operating picture&# works in a real logistics application. As investors, we believe that the way we interact with computer technology will be radically different 20 years from now.