Aspiring Ops is a series meant to unite us around a common purpose, to amplify the voices of world-class Strategy and Operations Leaders as they share their personal stories and provide practical steps we can all take to help scale our companies and ourselves as leaders.
Season One Recap and Trends Shaping the Future of Ops
On the Season One Finale, I am joined by co-founder and COO at Elate, Abby Parker, as we look back on the best quotes, advice, and stories we heard from Season One. We also spend some time discussing the current landscape of operations, as well as the recurring themes and trends shaping the future.
Episode 7: Why Your Operating Framework Should Evolve with You
Chelsey Krisay is the Chief of Staff at Trainual, an all-in-one training and knowledge platform for small businesses. From roles in Sales and Customer Success to Operations and everything else in between, Chelsey shares how her journey at Trainual led to her responsibility working as an extension of the CEO and overseeing the company’s operating framework as the Chief of Staff.
Episode 6: Why an Aspiring Chief of Staff Should Volunteer for Everything
Brynn Michelich is the Chief of Staff at Jellyvision, the makers of ALEX, a software platform built to help people make smart decisions about their health, benefits, and finances. On this episode of Aspiring Ops, Brynn shares her journey from a Project Manager to the Chief of Staff role, the challenges a new Chief of Staff can expect, and why volunteering for everything helped set her up for success.
Episode 5: How Operations Accelerates Growth by Removing Friction
John Covad is the SVP of Operations at Gravy, a leading customer retention and failed payment recovery platform. Prior to joining Gravy, John served as the VP of Operations at Deputy where he helped lead the company to over 5x growth and $100M in Series A & B funding. On this episode of Aspiring Ops, John shares how operations can serve as a growth engine at scaling companies by removing friction for team's to execute.
Episode 4: Aligning Teams with Company Goals
Emad ElShawa is the Chief of Staff at Fundbox. On this episode of Aspiring Ops, Emad discusses why his time in Business Ops led to his progression into the Chief of Staff role, and how the alignment between executive leadership and individual contributors allows Fundbox to drive accountability towards achieving company goals.
How to Deliver Today, While Building for Tomorrow
Eric Smith is the Head of Business Design at High Alpha, a leading SaaS Venture Studio. Prior to joining High Alpha, Eric was the COO at One Click Ventures where he led the company to an incredible exit to FGX International. As the Head of Business Design, Eric has the unique opportunity to help bring startups from the ideation stage to public launch. On this episode of Aspiring Ops, Eric shares his experience building and leading Operations at a growth stage company, as well as his insights on how operations can play a pivotal role in a startup's success.
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Exceptional team and podcast
Have worked closely with a couple members of the Elate team, and boy-do they know their stuff! Their interviews are conversational and fun, perfect for managers who are just getting started with OKRs and KPIs. Enjoy!
Incredible Podcast for SaaS Leaders
There are not many resources out there that dig into real stories from Chief of Staffs and SaaS executives. Every day, people that end up in these positions have to make long-term decisions related to strategic planning, staying focused on the most important goals, and scaling a company without formal Ops training. Aspiring Ops provides really unique insights from those who have been there and done that.