Posts

Showing posts from May, 2017

Demystifying Business Operations — A Radio Talk with Maitreyee and Honey on KZSU Stanford

I had the opportunity to do a radio talk for KZSU Stanford on Business Operations. I really enjoyed doing this and sharing my passion for Business Operations. With that, I launched a medium publication to bring ideas and insights, stories, and resources for building and managing a business operations functions. I am really excited about this building this with a community of Business Operations professionals.

Business Operations Journey and Forward

A typical a conversation that happens frequently: Some curious person: What do you do?
Honey: Business Operations
Some curious person: Cool.. that sounds interesting..what is that? (Scratching head and some sort of this response):
Honey: [provides some long winded answer and it varies] Honestly, Business Operations is not a very lucid field. It’s been around and a lot of people do it, but it’s not relatively mature in terms of a function. 
In my experience, Business Operations is conglomerate of many aspects of a business. There is no formal industry framework for Business Operations like there is for Sales Operations, Marketing, Engineering, Product, etc.
When it comes to Business Operations, I have been in one of these scenarios: Spearheaded building a Business Operations group at an organization Was doing Business Operations without it being called Business Operations, rather was labeled Corporate Development, Chief of Staff, or Strategy & PlanningUnit/Product based Business Operat…

Week to Myself!

For the first time in my career, I took a WEEK (5 business days, 4 weekend) off in between jobs! Usually, I end on Friday and start the new job the following Monday. 
The only exception was between Safeway and Internet Brands when my birthday was on the Monday I was suppose to start, and so I moved to start on Tuesday and spent my birthday enjoying the city, eating tons of amazing food, and partying with friends. 
So, this time I took a week and like all things I planned to do a LOT of things, but didn’t get a lot of it done. Nonetheless, I enjoyed my time off - it was relaxing and productive in some ways. Here is a high-level of of how the week went: 
Saturday - Dance Performance for Canvas Dance Company and fiends potluck  Sunday - Cleaning, meeting someone to give them internships and drinks with friends  Monday - Cleaning, shopping all afternoon/evening with friends Tuesday - Lunch with old coworker and shopping pretty much rest of day with friends  Wednesday - Relaxing and cleaned our w…

Next Venture in Career: Uber!

To a lot of people’s surprise, my new venture is Uber and of course doing Business Operations.  
Some background here, and if you don’t believe in the energetic world and spirituality, you can skip this section. 
March 27 is my Ex-Boss’s birthday (who is almost like a brother to me) and is my father’s death anniversary. This year, on March 27, Bart trains were down and I got stuck in Oakland where my boss lives. Instead of going back and working from home, I called him and took him out for a birthday treat. We decided to avoid talking about work and mostly talked about personal and career stuff for both of us. He asked me what I wanted to do next, and without thinking much, I said ‘I want to work for a consumer company, like UBER, next’.  I had few opportunities in works, but for some reason, I made that statement. Literally, two hours later, an Uber recruiter connects with me about the Business Ops role. The whole interview process was FAST, and its was a very pleasant and easy proc…

Covisint - Last Day

My last day at Covisint (5/5/2017) was very bitter sweet. 
I still remember my first day and reflecting on my role at Covisint here. I got the opportunity to work with some amazing, smart, hard working, and dedicated people. The folks at Covisint are super passionate about their role and the company. I also got to build an amazing team in UX, Training, Sales Ops, Marketing Ops, Business Ops, etc. I hired some exceptional people and they made my life so easy. Also, I got to work with great peers who have become life long fiends. My boss, who was the SVP of Products/CMO, was also amazing and was almost like a brother to me.
The role at Covisint was challenging because the company was moving from a services business model to a PRODUCT/PLATFORM model, so there is a whole bag of challenges that comes with that, but it’s also a great opportunity to learn about impact of leadership, culture change management, communications, and business operations model. 
We, the team I was with, achieved …