The world of VC-backed startups and scaleups is exhilarating. With fresh ideas and a thirst for innovation, you're poised to disrupt the market and achieve remarkable things.

But rapid growth can expose operational weaknesses that hinder your ability to scale effectively.

Here at Operational Voodoo, we understand the unique challenges faced by venture-backed businesses. Led by Dan, our Founder and a seasoned COO, with over 20 years of experience, we offer a perfect solution: Fractional COO Services.

The VC-Backed Challenge: Scaling at Breakneck Speed

VC-backed startups and scaleups operate in a high-pressure environment. Investors expect rapid growth, efficient resource utilization, and a clear path to profitability.

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You might be facing challenges like:

  • Scaling Operations without Sacrificing Efficiency: Maintaining smooth daily operations while expanding your team, product offerings, and market reach can be a complex balancing act.
  • Attracting and Retaining Top Talent: Building a high-performing team is crucial for success. However, scaling quickly can make it difficult to attract and retain top talent.
  • Data-Driven Decision Making: Making informed decisions based on real-time data is essential for navigating the competitive landscape. You need a system to collect, analyze, and translate data into actionable insights.
  • Meeting Investor Expectations: Delivering on aggressive growth targets and demonstrating operational excellence are key to maintaining investor confidence.

The Full-Time COO Dilemma:

Hiring a full-time COO can provide the strategic guidance and operational expertise needed to navigate the complexities of scaling a VC-backed business. However, the high cost of a full-time executive can be a significant burden, especially during early funding stages.

Fractional COO Services: Your Strategic Advantage

Enter Fractional COO Services. We offer the expertise of a highly skilled COO, but on a part-time, flexible basis. This allows you to:

  • Access Strategic Operational Leadership: Benefit from Dan's experience in building scalable operational frameworks and driving growth for VC-backed businesses.
  • Scale with Confidence: Implement robust processes and systems that can handle explosive expansion, ensuring efficient resource allocation and seamless onboarding of new team members.
  • Attract and Retain Top Talent: A well-defined operational structure with clear career paths makes your company more attractive to talented individuals seeking growth opportunities.
  • Make Data-Driven Decisions: We'll help you establish data collection and analysis practices, empowering you to make informed decisions based on real-time insights.
  • Meet and Exceed Investor Expectations: Demonstrate operational excellence and a commitment to responsible growth, fostering investor confidence and paving the way for future funding rounds.

Beyond Expertise: A Collaborative Partnership

We understand that every VC-backed company is unique. Our Fractional COO Services are customized to your specific growth trajectory and investor expectations. We'll work closely with you to:

  • Conduct a Comprehensive Operational Assessment: We'll delve deep into your current operations, identifying areas for improvement and potential roadblocks to scaling efficiently.
  • Develop a Scalable Operational Roadmap: We'll collaborate with you and your investors to define a clear path for growth, outlining key operational milestones aligned with your fundraising goals.
  • Implement Best Practices: Leverage our experience to streamline processes, optimize workflows, and implement best-in-class operational practices that support rapid scaling.
  • Build a Data-Driven Culture: We'll help you establish a culture of data-driven decision making, empowering your team to utilize data for continuous improvement.
  • Provide Ongoing Support: We'll be your trusted advisor on the journey – offering ongoing support and guidance as you navigate the challenges and opportunities of scaling a VC-backed business.

Benefits of Fractional COO Services for VC-Backed Startups & Scaleups – A Deep Dive

  • Increased Efficiency and Scalability: Streamlined operations free up valuable time and resources, allowing you to focus on core growth initiatives like product development, marketing, and customer acquisition. Our expertise in building scalable systems ensures your operations keep pace with your ambition.
  • Reduced Costs: Eliminate the overhead of a full-time COO while gaining access to top-tier expertise. You only pay for the time you need, making Fractional COO Services a cost-effective solution for VC-backed businesses at any stage.
  • Enhanced Talent Acquisition and Retention: A well-defined operational structure with clear roles and responsibilities fosters a positive work environment, making your company more attractive to top talent.
  • Data-Driven Decision Making: Our Fractional COO will help you develop a data collection and analysis strategy, empowering you to make informed decisions based on real-world data. This translates to a reduced risk of costly mistakes and a more efficient allocation of resources, ultimately propelling your growth trajectory.
  • Improved Investor Confidence: Demonstrate operational excellence and a commitment to responsible growth. A well-defined operational plan with clear metrics showcases your ability to deliver on investor expectations and positions your company for success in future funding rounds.
  • Increased Agility and Faster Time-to-Market: Efficient operations and data-driven decision making allow you to adapt to market changes quickly and bring new products or services to market faster, gaining a competitive edge.
  • Reduced Risk and Enhanced Operational Excellence: Mitigate potential operational pitfalls and ensure your startup navigates growth smoothly. Our proactive approach helps you identify and address challenges before they become major roadblocks.

Building a Foundation for Long-Term Success:

VC-backed businesses operate in a competitive landscape. Building a strong operational foundation is essential for securing future funding and achieving long-term success. Fractional COO Services empower you to:

  • Establish a Culture of Operational Excellence: We'll help you foster a company culture that prioritizes efficiency, data-driven decision making, and continuous improvement.
  • Attract and Retain Top Talent: A well-defined operational structure with clear career paths makes your company more attractive to talented individuals seeking growth opportunities. This translates to a stronger team and a more sustainable competitive advantage.
  • Position Yourself for Future Funding Rounds: Investors value startups with a clear operational roadmap and a strong team. Fractional COO Services demonstrate your commitment to responsible growth and operational excellence, making your startup more attractive to potential investors.

Free Up Your Time to Focus on What Matters Most:

As a VC-backed startup CEO, your time is your most valuable asset. Fractional COO Services free you from the burden of day-to-day operations, allowing you to focus on your core strengths:

  • Product Development and Innovation: Drive the development of groundbreaking products or services that disrupt the market and propel your company forward.
  • Building Strategic Partnerships: Forge strategic partnerships that accelerate growth and expand your market reach.
  • Investor Relations: Nurture relationships with your investors, keeping them informed of your progress and exceeding their expectations.

Gain Valuable Insights and Expertise:

Our Fractional COO brings a wealth of experience and industry knowledge to the table. We'll provide valuable insights to help you:

  • Develop a Winning Growth Strategy: Craft a data-driven growth strategy that aligns with your investor expectations and positions your company for long-term success.
  • Navigate the Complexities of VC Funding: We understand the nuances of VC funding and can help you navigate the fundraising process with greater confidence.
  • Make Informed Decisions under Pressure: In the fast-paced world of VC-backed startups, quick and decisive action is crucial. We'll empower you to make informed decisions based on real-time data and strategic insights.

A Scalable Solution that Grows with You:

Fractional COO Services are designed to be adaptable. As your VC-backed business expands, we can adjust the scope of our engagement to meet your evolving needs. This allows you to leverage our expertise at every stage of your growth journey, without the commitment of a full-time hire.

The Operational Voodoo Difference:

Why choose Operational Voodoo for your Fractional COO Services?

  • Proven Experience with VC-Backed Businesses: Dan, our founder, has a proven track record of success in helping VC-backed startups and scaleups achieve operational excellence and secure funding.
  • Data-Driven Approach: We believe in using data to inform decisions and drive growth. Our Fractional COO Services leverage data analytics to optimize your operations and maximize your return on investment.
  • Flexible Engagement Models: We offer flexible engagement models to fit your specific needs and budget.
  • Collaborative Partnership: We believe in building strong partnerships with our clients. We'll work closely with you and your investors to ensure everyone is aligned with your growth objectives.
  • Trusted Advisor: We'll be your trusted advisor on the journey, providing ongoing support and guidance as you navigate the exciting yet challenging world of VC-backed startups and scaleups.

Ready to Scale Your VC-Backed Business to New Heights?

Don't let operational roadblocks hinder your growth potential. Contact Operational Voodoo today and schedule a free consultation. We'll discuss your specific needs and goals, and show you how Fractional COO Services can be your secret weapon for success.

Here's what some of our satisfied VC-backed startup and scaleup clients have to say:

"Brilliant at cutting through the BS and getting to the point. Dan was so helpful at pointing out where I needed to be concentrating on my business and how to stop wasting money on stupid courses!"
- Founder of a Startup
"Funny, friendly and full of ideas about how you can systemise your business and get your strategy perfect."
- Local Business & Event Speaker
"We cleared my head and thinking of who my ideal client actually is. It was in there but just needed easing out! I liked the way Dan made me dig. So huge thank you to Dan"
- Director, SME Business
"I have had the pleasure of working with Dan on a few projects and found his technical insight, analytical and logical approach, as well as his commercial acumen to be beyond reproach, and as such has added considerable value to each engagement we have had."
- Cloud Computing Enterprise

Still Skeptical About Fractional COO Services?

We understand that you may have questions. Here are some additional benefits to consider:

  • Reduced Stress and Improved Work-Life Balance: Knowing you have a trusted advisor by your side can alleviate the stress associated with scaling a high-growth business. This allows you to focus on your work and personal life with greater peace of mind.
  • Exit Strategy Readiness: Whether you're considering an acquisition or an IPO, a well-defined operational structure will make your company more attractive to potential buyers or investors.
  • Building a Sustainable Business Model: Fractional COO Services empower you to build a data-driven, efficient, and scalable business model that can support long-term growth and profitability.

Operational Voodoo: Your Partner in VC-Backed Startup & Scaleup Success

We are passionate about helping VC-backed businesses like yours achieve remarkable things. By combining Dan's operational expertise with a flexible, cost-effective approach, we empower you to scale with confidence. Let's unlock the magic of Fractional COO Services together and watch your VC-backed business become a market leader!

Looking to hone your own operational leadership skills?

In addition to Fractional COO Services, we also offer Operational Leadership Coaching programs designed for aspiring operational leaders. Check out our dedicated page to learn more.

How we help our clients scale as businesses and grow as experts:

Fractional COO Services

In today's business environments, small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) face constant challenges!

They need to continue achieving ambitious growth goals. While managing limited resources. While risk managing against the unexpected. While remaining sane (or trying to!).

These businesses often lack the high-level operational leadership typically found in larger companies...

Those who have a dedicated and experienced Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Hiring a full-time COO can be a significant financial commitment, and is often a big decision for businesses that don't yet know if they require a full-time executive in that role.

Or if hiring such an executive is beyond their financial means at that moment in the business's growth.

This is where the concept of a fractional COO emerges as a strong strategic advantage for many businesses in such a position...

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Operational Leadership Coaching

The business world thrives on clear direction and decisive action.

As an operational leader, navigating complex challenges and making the right decisions on the fly is crucial to your success and the success of the business you support.

Yet, implementing decisive leadership alongside the responsibilities of daily operations can feel overwhelming. Here at Operational Voodoo, we understand your struggles far more than most!

That's why our Operational Leaders Coaching program is designed for ambitious individuals like you.

Through a blend of education, personalized coaching, and expert mentorship, we empower you to become a decisive operational leader who not only inspires confidence in their employers but also delivers results.

Operational Leadership Coaching

For Founders, CEO's and Investors:

Check out our Fractional COO Services. Designed specifically to help you fix, design, implement and build, stable, scalable operations within your organisation.

  • Fractional COO Services:
    • Optimise Your Business Operations: Streamline processes & increase efficiency.
    • Scale with Skill and Experience: Get access to the strategic operational leadership you need, on-demand and without the full-time overheads of an in-house COO.
    • Focus on Growth: Free yourself to drive strategic direction of the business as a whole. And leave the operations to us!

For Aspiring Operational Leaders:

If you are an Operational Manager already, or aspiring to be one. And you want to get access to coaching and mentorship to accelerate your career. Then you're looking in the right place.

What does the Operational Leadership Program Offer?

  • Gain Hands-On Development in Decisive Operational Leadership: Dig into our bespoke operational development workshops. Giving you the opportunity to develop hands-on skills, in a safe, non-judgmental environment!
  • Unlock Your Leadership Potential: Sharpen your decision-making skills and build the confidence to lead with authority.
  • Accelerate Your Career: Learn how to position yourself as the ideal candidate for top Operations Director, Head of Operations, and COO positions.


What is a Fractional COO?

As a business owner, rapid growth brings both excitement and challenge. Daily Business Operations become overwhelming, leaving you stuck in endless meetings and relentless troubleshooting, losing sight of your achievements and generally feeling run down. Working with a Fractional COO lessens that burden. Without the cost of a full-time COO.

I have a Virtual Assistant. Why do I need a Fractional COO?

VA's perform a crucial and critical function for many businesses. But a VA is not a COO. The same as a Sales Agent is not a Sales Director!

While it is true many VA's have some excellent skills and experiences... The truth is, if you are looking into a Fractional COO, you are doing so for a reason...

Can your VA be levelled up to get there? Sure!

Can we help with that? Also, sure!

But is your VA there yet..? Well, only you can answer that.

But what we would say is: There is a reason you are reading this page... #justsaying

I have an Operations Manager already... Can you help upskill them to an Operations Director and eventually a COO?

Absolutely! We are all about people!

An awesome business operations function is about people, far more than it is about processes and spreadsheets.

If we, together, don't help upskill and level-up your people... Then neither of us is doing our job.

For annual plans, do you offer some kind of split payments or payment plan?

Short answer is no.

The last thing we want is for our services to not be a good fit for our clients.

Annual plans allow for the benefit of saving a little over 25% compared to paying monthly. That benefits both clients and our own business.

But if clients cannot afford right now to invest in an annual plan... Then experience tells us those clients are often not quite ready for an investment of that level anyway.

Decide for yourself what is right for you and your business, where your business is at right now. If you are thinking payment plan, then the monthly option is most likely a better fit for right at the moment.

What kinds of topics do your Fractional COO services cover?

We work with clients, providing consultancy, coaching and mentorship on a multitude of operational areas and topics. Below are just a handful of the most common:

  • Business Operations
  • Process Improvement
  • Systems & Automation
  • Culture Transformation
  • High-Performance Teams
  • Leadership Training
  • Coaching & Mentorship
  • The list goes on, but you get the gist.