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?

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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.

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.

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.

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.

The Smartest Way To Improve Business Operations

YFS Magazine

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.

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.

3 Rules for Becoming an Operationally Excellent Leader

Inc Startups

3 Rules for Becoming an Operationally Excellent Leader.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

How to Move HR from Operational Fluff to Strategic Partner

Inc Startups

HR Does More Than Payroll -- How to Become More Strategic and Why it's Vital to Your Company. HR/Benefits