Investor VCs and Operator VCs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

Why More Companies Are Operating Lean (Even When They Can Afford to Hire)

Inc Startups

OperationsA new generation of founders has learned that the path to profitability is to start lean and run leaner.

Domain Experts and Operators

Mark Birch

What I failed to mention though is that just because you have expertise does not mean you have expertise in operating a business. The people that start businesses are what I call operators and some might call hustlers. In a nutshell, the operator is relentless execution machine.

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.

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.

Investor VCs and Operator VCs

Inc Startups

Instead of jumping right in, there are alternative (and better) ways to get into the venture capital business. Venture Capital

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Lowering Operational Costs with Network as a Service (NaaS)

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

The post Lowering Operational Costs with Network as a Service (NaaS) appeared first on Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CBTS. All opinions are 100% mine.

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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3 Rules for Becoming an Operationally Excellent Leader

Inc Startups

3 Rules for Becoming an Operationally Excellent Leader.

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.

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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Salespeople Are Coin-operated - And That's Okay

Inc Startups

They are essentially coin operated. Many salespeople, especially ones that hunt new accounts are motivated by the opportunity to make money, and lots of it. Sales

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.

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.

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 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

6 Technologies For Streamlining Business Operations

Inc Startups

Finding the right tools for your business can be an overwhelming process. Here's a look at six technologies that can help.

Can I operate a business from my home?

The Entrepreneurial Mind

The post Can I operate a business from my home? TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious. appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall

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.

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.

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

How RFID Can Reboot Your Retail Operation This Holiday Season

Inc Startups

Staying in business beyond the holiday season for retailer operations will require new experiences and leveraging technology such as Radio Frequency-Identification.

Thoughts on how I like to operate a business

Jeff Hilimire

Audio on operating a company from a higher purpose. The post Thoughts on how I like to operate a business appeared first on Begin the Begin. I had some things I wanted to talk out about how I run companies, specifically around a business having a higher purpose and clearly defining its vision, values, and tenets. I’ve written about some of this before… The difference between a company’s Purpose and Vision. Dragon Army’s Purpose is to inspire happiness.

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.

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.