Part-time COO work is great for teams that have technical founders with operational debt. I work directly with a handful of clients that need trusted help. I bring order to chaos. I cleanup situations. I help founders push rocks up hills. I love every minute of it.
No impact on your cap table.
(*Rare occasions where I have taken equity)
I can come in and do the work, hire the right person, and train them up. No need to worry about the wrong hire with a contract position.
I love working with startups. Partnering with founders who need operational help is a great way to leverage my abilities, and help achieve the needs of a business. By leveraging experience and a bench of other operators I am able to zero in on a list of deliverables for a client. Typically startups have a list of things they need to do and we work through them, teaching the team the skills needed along the way. Having a fractional operator is a great way to move faster, while not worrying about the equity hit or team dynamics as each engagement is usually 1-2 quarters.
I think about the 3 factors of Time, Quality, and Price in what I do. I work in an always on model for a minimum of 3 months. I only work with a handful of clients at a time (all startups) and its an "always on" model. Where needed I tap into a vast bench of experts who we may bring on to help - think engineering, sales, marketing, etc...
I can save you time directly by going fast. I can save you time indirectly by avoiding the pitfalls, mistakes, and landmines others have dealt with.
Investing and working in some of the high growth companies over the past decade have enabled me to hone my craft and deliver results. I tend to underpromise and overdeliver.
It would take a Srs A - Srs B company 3-6 months to higher the right COO, pay them in equity, cash, and culture - I come onboard for 3 months with a set of deliverables you agree too that I deliver.
I meet with clients bi-weekly (every other week) and only work with a handful at a time because things come up.
I worked directly with founders on a 1:1 basis for 3 years meeting with them weekly to help them; achieve their goals, be better leaders, and unlock their potential in their venture backed businesses. It was my own coach that inspired me to do the same for other clients.
I am currently working towards my first International Coaching Federation program certification.
I have been working with founders and VC firms for the past 10 years, with unique insight on both sides of the table.
I typically work with the founding team on the list of things they haven't done yet but need too, don't know how to do, or have done incorrectly. I focus on deliverables and the needs of the business. Sometimes this is driven by the BOD and its cleaning things up. Sometimes it's driven by an upcoming fundraising event and things need to be in order. Teams recognize they need to be going faster, have operational debt, and need to bring order to chaos. I have a list of things I do, but usually this ends up being bespoke with each founder I work with.
I work directly with a handful of clients that need trusted help. I bring order to chaos. I cleanup situations. I help founders push rocks up hills. I love every minute of it.