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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Office Essentials: How To Ensure The Heart Of Your Operation Beats Strong

YoungUpstarts

For the vast majority of startups, the company office forms the central hub of activity. Whether it’s an online venture or an offline one doesn’t matter. The levels of success in this arena will essentially dictate how the entire company performs.

Use The 15 Month Rule To Review Your Operating Agreement

Mike Michalowicz

Regardless of the circumstances, even if things are hunky doory, it is a good idea to revisit your operating agreement to make sure all partners have a clear understanding of what they committed to. Contracts & Agreements Mindset 15 month rule agreements bias contracts emotional operating agreement review What was a good idea then may not be a good idea now. Take partnerships, for example. Many first timers go in 50/50 expecting both partners to be all in, all the time.

Operation Marketing Freedom

Up and Running

The “freedom&# aspect of Operation Iraqi Freedom officially started after theUS invasion of Iraq and we found out there weren’t any Weapons of Mass Destruction.The mission turned from a matter of finding WMDs to rebuilding a broken society andinfrastructure.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.