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.

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. Alternatively, if you have employees or partners to work with then delegating certain tasks can be helpful.

3 Tips For Finding International Business Partners


If you’ve decided to take your company global or expand outside of your native country, the first step is going to executing your entry strategy with the right business partners in play. There is a lot of planning that goes into selecting international business partners.

7 Whirlwind New Venture Partner Marriages To Avoid

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. marriage new venture partner relationships

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.

[INTERVIEW] Brandon Seigel, President, Wellness Works Management Partners, Madison, Wisconsin


Now, with his business Wellness Works Management Partners, Brandon manages multiple private practices and consults with entrepreneurs and health practitioners worldwide. Describe your professional background and how it led you to create Wellness Works Management Partners.

Managing The Operations Of Your Startup


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

How VCs Think About Adding New Partners

Both Sides of the Table

After years of trying to persuade Kara Nortman to become a partner at Upfront Ventures I can officially announce now that she’s joined us effective immediately. People often ask me what VCs look for when we hire partners and many have asked how to become VCs themselves one day.

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.

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


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.

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.

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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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.

How To Negotiate with Vendors, Partners And Employees


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.

Finance Director/ Operations


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.

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.

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


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.,

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.

Channel partners can be golden for growth


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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“I wanted to do the deal but i couldn’t convince my partners” isn’t an Explanation, it’s an Excuse

Hunter Walker

While this hasn’t happened to any of our portfolio CEOs in a while, there’s one reason for a VC passing on a funding round that just sets me off: “I wanted to do the deal but couldn’t convince my partners.”

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 Partners Abroad: Are Financial And Credit Checks Necessary?


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.

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.

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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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.

[Singapore] Evernote Partners StarHub to Expand Footprint Here


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.

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 .

10 Ways Your Startup Co-Founder Is Like A Good Spouse

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.

Finding an Affordable Commercial Space, a Business Partner & Community in Austin, TX

Austin Startup

One of the first set of questions I asked was to my friend and now business partner, Steph Douglass. He opened his truck this past year, and through the ups and downs of owning your own business and trying to care for a new baby, him and his partner, Collete, are making it happen.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LiveOak Venture Partners Invests $2 Million in CS Disco


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.

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


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.

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!

Benchmark’s New General Partner: Scott Belsky

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.

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.

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


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.