What types of management problems plague startups?

via GIPHY Being an avid reader of Fred Wilson’s AVC, I’ve learned much over the years. And one thing he underscores is that *ideas* are a dime a dozen. And that great investments are in team & execution. Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. As a long time consultant, I’ve had …

Key lessons from the Devops Handbook

I picked up a copy of the DevOps Handbook. This is not a book about how to setup Amazon servers, how to use git, codePipeline or Jenkins. It’s not about Chef or Ansible or other tools. Join 33,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. This is a book about processes & people. It’s …

Is AWS enabling AngelList to boil the VC business?

Just finished listening to Ben Thompson & James Allworth discuss how Amazon Web Services is impacting the venture capital business. My mind is blown! Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I heard all about AngelList getting 400m from China’s csc. I didn’t really understand the significance until I saw Fred Wilson’s …

Is Hunter Walk right about operations & startups?

Join 26,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Hunter Walk blogged recently about the importance of building great operations teams. And while he was speaking primarily about business operations, the startup technical operations teams are equally difficult to get right. 1. performance & scalability As your grows like Birchbox, your customer growth curve …

Why I ask clients for a deposit

Join 25,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. 1. It indicates both parties are serious A common refrain when discussing terms of a project, and reviewing statement of work – “when shall we get started?”. The answer should be, “I’m ready to get started anytime you like. Would you like to use paypal …

Business lessons from brokering a half million dollar deal

I’ve had my Manhattan loft in the market for some six months now. After dropping the asking price a couple of times, buyers are finally circling, and I’m close to finalizing a deal.  In that time however, I’ve learned some big lessons.  Real Estate, is the epitome of cutthroat capitalism and as such has some very …

iHeavy Insights 77 – What Consultants Do

  What Do Consultants Do? Consultants bring a whole host of tools to experiences to bear on solving your business problems.  They can fill a need quickly, look in the right places, reframe the problem, communicate and get teams working together, and bring to light problems on the horizon. And they tell stories of challenges they faced at …

Metrics Bridge Gap Between IT & Business Units

On the business side we’ve all seen requests for hardware purchases that seem astronomical, or somehow out of proportion to the project at hand.  And on the IT side we’ve been faced with the challenge of selling capital expenditures on technology, as demands grow. Collecting statistics on real usage of server systems, and then connecting …