Andy Sparks
Jul 15, 2015 · 6 min read

What Does a Startup COO Actually Do?

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Founding COOs need to be zero-to-one people who are good at and comfortable with firing themselves.

How my role as COO evolved

Mission #1 : Start our data team

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Early days. Collecting data on Benchmark’s portfolio.

Mission #2 : Figure out sales

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Mission #3 : Becoming “COO”

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The Future


Further Reading on COOs

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Andy Sparks

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Co-founder & CEO at Holloway. Past: Co-founder & COO at Mattermark.

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Andy Sparks

Written by

Co-founder & CEO at Holloway. Past: Co-founder & COO at Mattermark.

Startup Grind

Stories, tips, and learnings from and for startups around the world. Welcoming submissions re: startup education, tech trends, product, design, hiring, growth, investing, and more. Interested in submitting? Visit our submission form here: https://airtable.com/shrShpeN89HrzCzOB

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