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.

My Partners Blogging In 2017

Feld Thoughts

My partners Chris Moody , Seth Levine , and Lindel Eakman are all blogging right now. My other two partners, Ryan McIntyre and Jason Mendelson have blogged in the past, ut took a break in 2017. Moody’s recent post Two Steps Forward, One Step Back talks about being a few months into his gig as a VC, after his announcement of his transition from operator to VC in Joining Foundry Group. The post My Partners Blogging In 2017 appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

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.

7 Partner Relationships That Can Kill A Good Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

If you think about it, you should realize that not everyone is ‘ideal partner material.’ Most of us learn that fact from other partner relationships, like dating and marriage. business co-founders entrepreneur partner relationships

Suggestions for Spouses Whose Partner Is Depressed

Feld Thoughts

I think this applies to anyone who has a partner with a major illness – a stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s, or depression. You are already pouring an enormous amount of your energy into your partner and not much, if anything, is coming back.

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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[INTERVIEW] Mark Attanasio, Toronto Financial Services Executive, Managing Partner Of Hillcrest Merchant Partners

YoungUpstarts

Today, Mark Attanasio gets to flex his full range of expertise and interests as co-founder and Managing Partner of Hillcrest Merchant Partners, a Toronto-based merchant bank focused on early stage and mid market growth companies.

Announcing Upfront Ventures’ Newest Partner — Kobie Fuller

Both Sides of the Table

Kobie Fuller, Partner at Upfront Ventures We set out to build a venture capital firm that would not only be a beacon for the rapidly growing LA tech ecosystem but also one that would compete and collaborate nationally with the best firms in the country.

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.

How to Pick a Partner Who Will Amplify Your Efforts

Startup Professionals Musings

Very few entrepreneurs have the range of skills and experience to be the solution creator as well as business creator, or operational as well as sales leader. The challenge is to recognize and recruit that ideal partner match early with minimal cost and risk.

Bolstering the Partner Ranks at GRP

Both Sides of the Table

It is with great pleasure that I can finally announce that we have added Greg Bettinelli as a partner at GRP Partners. This is exactly the brand that GRP Partners wants to embody. We knew he had to be an investment partner. He is an investment partner exactly like I am.

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.

How To Negotiate with Vendors, Partners And Employees

YoungUpstarts

Even so, it’s difficult (and perhaps impossible) to operate a small business or startup and not negotiate agreements with employees, vendors, customers, and others. by Ross Kimbarovsky, founder of crowdSPRING. Not every entrepreneur or business owner is comfortable negotiating.

Use The 15 Month Rule To Review Your Operating Agreement

Mike Michalowicz

Many first timers go in 50/50 expecting both partners to be all in, all the time. 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.

Business Prenup: What To Do Before You Start A Company With A Partner

YoungUpstarts

Here are a few tips to ensure that you and your partners start out on the right foot. Consider regular face-to-face meetings with prospective partners, so you can gauge body language and “listen between the lines.” by Mark L. Zyla, managing director of Acuitas, Inc.,

Upfront Ventures Adds Hamet Watt as New Investment Partner

Both Sides of the Table

I am thrilled to announce that we have added Hamet Watt as a Partner at Upfront Ventures. But as sweet as that success has been (we invested pre-revenue in a small team) today my even more important news was the further expansion of our partner ranks. He will be a venture partner.

Are You and Your Business Partner on the Same Page?

Up and Running

Disputes over money can drive a wedge between the strongest of relationships, whether you’re part of a married couple weighed down by debt, or business partners disagreeing over the best use of the company credit card. 1.You and your partner disagree about getting a loan .

Forward Partners new website

The Equity Kicker

We wanted something which showcased our belief in the importance of good design and which explained what makes Forward Partners unique and hopefully this does that in spades. The screen grab above is a picture of our new website.

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. I’m Your Partner.

Channel partners can be golden for growth

Berkonomics

A Channel partner is a person or a company with a complementary service, who is knocking on the same doors as you, and who is connected. Rather than viewing him as a potential competitor, view him as a partner with direct influence over your prospect list.

A Bad Business Deal Cost Me Everything

YFS Magazine

Grow Operations business operations business partners supply chain vendorsFailing isn’t just an abstract possibility—it can really happen, and it’s painful. I wondered if I was I really cut out to run my own business.

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How many business partners should you have? Maybe zero

Up and Running

It’s almost as if we – the startup community – have been led to believe that you need partners. Some with partners, others without. On the other hand, the ventures which were outright failures or fledgling businesses involved anywhere from two to four business partners.

Business Partners Abroad: Are Financial And Credit Checks Necessary?

YoungUpstarts

However, finding the right partners to make this a reality can be easier said than done. There are several things to think about before making a commitment to a foreign partner. For a start, you must carefully identify your potential partner.

Congratulations to Angela Tran Kingyens, Version One’s new General Partner

Version One Ventures

When I started Version One over six years ago , I started it as a single GP firm with no defined plan to ever add a partner and build a “franchise.” So it is with tremendous happiness that I can announce today that Version One now consists of two General Partners with Angela joining me in the partnership. The challenge of meshing people and personalities is one of the main reasons why many single GPs decide to stay as is – a single investment partner.

David Norris joins us as Partner

The Equity Kicker

I’m excited to let you know that David Norris joined us today as my Partner. Today I am proud to join Forward Partners as a VC. Forward Partners, London. At Forward Partners we look to invest in early stage tech businesses.

Imagine a Dating Site for B2B Strategic Partners

Startup Professionals Musings

Yet, every business expert tells me that finding good business partners is just as tricky as a good marriage, without the sex. As with personal relationships, unbalanced deals don’t work, since the dominating entity finds it hard to adapt and appreciate the value of a partner.

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[Singapore] Evernote Partners StarHub to Expand Footprint Here

YoungUpstarts

But Ken Gullicksen, Chief Operating Officer of Evernote, who was in town for the announcement, is optimistic that this partnership will garner mutual benefit for both sides.

7 Signs Your Business Deal Won’t Pan Out

YFS Magazine

Grow Operations business partners partnerships strategic alliancesPartnership deals are a key strategic advantage for startups and small businesses. However, not all deals are created equal.

BlackLocus Raises $2.5M, Adding Austin Operations

Austin Startup

They are hiring in Austin, seeking office space, and moving significant operations here. The round was co-led by Texas-based DFJ Mercury and Silverton Partners, and included co-investment from Pittsburgh-based Innovation Works. BlackLocus, the leading cloud provider of automated pricing optimization and revenue management solutions for online retailers, today announced it has raised a $2.5 million Series A round of venture capital financing.

The Experience of Being a Limited Partner in Venture Capital

This is going to be BIG.

Either way, VC funds aren't really built around creating much of an experience for their Limited Partners. They don't have a directive to be invested in venture and they're not aiming to make some target return to pay out benefits or university operating expenses, etc. Partnership investing is boring. You give someone your money and, once a quarter, they give you a report that says what they did with your money.

Pradeep Raman joins us at Forward Partners

The Equity Kicker

Our strategy here is to get into the best deals and help them towards better outcomes by offering a package of cash investment, strategic guidance and tangible operational help. Pradeep’s blend of operational and investment experience position him well to help us on both sides of this promise.

My dad said: “Never take on a business partner.”

Berkonomics

Most often, one partner remained active as another partner drifted away from the business, no longer carrying the weight anticipated at start-up. We called ourselves “partners” and received lots of press, even nationally, as we managed our teenage business.

LiveOak Venture Partners Invests $2 Million in CS Disco

SiliconHills

LiveOak Venture Partners of Austin has invested $2 million in CS Disco, a Houston-based software company. CS Disco plans to use the Series A funds “to triple the size of its engineering, sales, and operations teams and expand its offices in Houston in 2014,” according to a news release. The startup makes software for lawyers […] The post LiveOak Venture Partners Invests $2 Million in CS Disco appeared first on SiliconHills.

Picking a General Partner

Ben's Blog

In my career, I have never seen a position in any industry with more varying criteria than General Partner at a venture capital firm. Some firms hire pure investors, some firms hire operators, some Wall Street analysts, some firms hire sales people, some firms hire lawyers, and others hire reporters. With that in mind, I will explain in detail our criteria at AH in the context of the type of firm that we strive to build and our newest general partner, Scott Weiss.

Benchmark’s New General Partner: Scott Belsky

abovethecrowd.com

The partners at Benchmark are delighted to announce that Scott Belsky has joined the firm as our newest general partner. It is rare for us to encounter a partner candidate who has so much experience as an operator, investor, and advisor at such a young age. Adding a new partner is a significant event for Benchmark.

Expanding your startup into Asia? Here’s how to build out your operations in the region

The Next Web

The inspiration for my second post came from the many CEOs and entrepreneurs who come to me knowing they want to go after Asia and are aware of their target markets, but unsure of the best approach to start building out their operations on the ground.

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Want to Know How to Better Partner With, Raise Money From or Be Acquired by a Big Media Company?

Both Sides of the Table

But did you also know that they are a large cable operator? They are also very active as an early-stage tech investor, partner and acquirer. 27:45 Thank you to Detroit Venture Partners for their support of the show!

The five C’s of Business Partners: a marriage without the sex

Berkonomics

In working with entrepreneurs over the years, I have learned that the difference between success and failure is often centered on the people aspects of the business rather than strategy, finance, or operations. Nowhere is this more evident than with the issues related to business partners.

‘You cut, I choose': A startup protocol for breaking up with your business partners

The Next Web

Four years before, I got an investment from a real estate fund that was interested in starting its tech operations, and. Vlad Stan is the CEO and Founder of StartupKit. It was the winter of 2007 around Christmas time. I was about to receive one of the most beautiful presents I’d ever gotten.

Latakoo Partners with NBC Universal

SiliconHills

Austin-based startup latakoo struck a partnership with NBC News and NBC Universal to provide video transfer services to its news operations. NBC has been testings latakoo’s technology for the past year. “We think this is a great moment for us and NBC News,” Paul Adrian, CEO of latakoo, said in a news release. “The Internet [.]. Austin Technology San Antonio Technology latakoo NBC NBC Universal video

Ionic Security Raises $9.4m from Kleiner Perkins, Tech Operators, ff Venture Capital

David Teten

Ted Schlein, general partner at KPCB , and Tom Noonan, partner at TechOperators , will join the board of directors. I couldn’t be more excited to share that one of our portfolio companies, Ionic Security (formerly Social Fortress), has raised $9.4 million in Series A1 funding, led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, with TechOperators, Ken Levine, and Dr. Paul Judge also participating.

Facebook Partners with Seedcamp to Support European Social Startups

ReadWriteStart

At one time, Facebook did operate its own startup program, the fbFund, but the company announced it had no plans to keep it active.

Socialware Partners with LiveOffice

Austin Startup

“Recent guidance from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA Regulatory Notice 10-06) has made pre-review and archiving of social media content a hot topic at this year’s financial industry events and gatherings,&# said Matt Smith, chief operating officer of LiveOffice.