cONference 2021
cONference 2021

cONference 2021

Description
The first ever global conference for startup and scaleup operations professionals. Half-day event featuring two panels with operations leaders, fireside chat with Allison Pickens (investor, former Gainsight COO) and Hari Raghavan (CEO and Founder of AbstractOps), ops specialities focused roundtables, networking sessions, and operations awards ceremony.
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Organiser: Operations Nation 🎟 Register here 🌐 Online event

A cONference for operations professionals.

On the 2nd of December, 2021, we held the first ever global cONference for startup and scaleup operations professionals. A massive thank you to everyone who attended it! 🙌

We had a great turnout of operations professionals from across 11 countries, including the UK, US, Germany, Nigeria and Kenya.

We've captured a few of the highlights below, but first off, we'd like to give a MASSIVE thank you to our incredible speakers and sponsors, without whom this conference would not have been possible. 👏

cONference attendees had an opportunity to:

👀 DISCOVER what operations is all about from seasoned operations professionals.

🌱 GROW by learning what it takes to bring you to the next level in your career path.

🤝 CONNECT with like-minded people by networking in our breakout rooms.

🎉 CELEBRATE everything that makes an operations career such a fascinating choice!

Scroll down to see what happened on the day!

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DISCOVER

The Discover Panel

The Discover panel, moderated by Ben Gateley, CEO and former COO of CharlieHR, and a host of The Culture Ops Podcast, focused on four unique specialities within operations: People Ops, Product Ops, Revenue Ops, and Chief of Staff. The panelists defined each of these verticals and discussed what success looks like within each area.

Our panelists were:

Virtual Exhibition Hall

As ops professionals ourselves, we are huge fans of identifying the best software and services that make our jobs more efficient, so at the cONference we had a  Virtual Expo featuring:

DATA PROTECTION
DATA PROTECTION Trust Keith is the all-in-one data protection solution for VC-backed startups and scaleups. Get the benefits of a dedicated data protection expert and a platform - rolled into one.
EXEC SEARCH / RECRUITMENT
EXEC SEARCH / RECRUITMENT JBM is a values driven search firm that places COOs and future Ops leaders into VC backed startups and scaleups on a permanent or interim / project basis. They also have one of the UK’s most popular business podcasts, 40 Minute Mentor, which has featured a number of top scaleup COOs as well as other world class leaders including Mo Gawdat, Grace Beverley and Sir Clive Woodward.
NO CODE AUTOMATION
NO CODE AUTOMATION Next Matter is an all-in-one platform that makes orchestrating, tracking, and executing operations easier and faster than ever. No code, consultants, or IT project management required. Their customers - like Spreetail, Shift, and Trade Republic - build and launch fully-integrated operations processes and tools at a fraction of the time and cost required for enterprise SaaS solutions.
ACCOUNTING
ACCOUNTING Onside Accounting are Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers based in London. They have a particular passion and expertise for supporting high-growth start-ups in the UK. They handle everything from core compliance, fully outsourced finance function, tax issues such as R&D and share schemes, Xero integration and much more.
STRATEGIC PLANNING
STRATEGIC PLANNING Elate is the leading Strategic Planning software built to help high growth companies communicate their vision, create alignment, and track performance all in one place. Elate also have Aspiring Ops podcast dedicated to amplify the voices of world-class Strategy & Operations leaders as they share their personal stories and provide practical steps towards success.

GROW

The Grow Panel

The Grow panel, moderated by Charlene Chen, Co-Founder of Operations Nation, featured operations leaders at different phases of their ops careers speaking about the various decisions and challenges they have faced in their journeys and providing advice on how to approach these opportunities.

Our panelists were:

The Fireside Chat

We were thrilled to wrap up the day with a Fireside Chat featuring Allison Pickens, Investor and Former COO of Gainsight, and Hari Raghavan, CEO of AbstractOps and former fintech COO.

Allison and Hari shared incredible insights on how operations has evolved over the years and how we as operations professionals need to have a wide range of skills, not only at a micro level but at a systems level.

CONNECT

We opened up the day with  5-minute Speed Networking , and are pleased that there were over 80 networking sessions across all attendees. We sincerely hope that you will stay connected and continue building bridges across our extended network of operations professionals.

After the Discover panel, we broke out into Roundtable Discussions:

This was an opportunity for attendees to meet other professionals working within the same ops speciality and to ask our Discover panelists additional questions.

CELEBRATE

One of the many things we're passionate about is celebrating the people, systems, and tools that sometimes receive less recognition and airtime than functions supposedly sexier than operations. So, we decided to host our first annual Operations Nation Awards. These were this year's winners:

Best Ops Books

Best Ops Podcasts

Best Ops Tool

Best Framework

Biggest Ops Inspiration

Operations communities, including mentor & mentee relationships

Best Label for Ops People

Octoptimist 🐙 (submitted by Isabel Taylor, COO of Fineazy)

Speakers & Panelists

KEYNOTE Fireside Chat speaker
KEYNOTE Fireside Chat speaker

Allison Pickens

Investor & Former COO at Gainsight

DISCOVER Panel moderator
DISCOVER Panel moderator

Ben Gateley

CEO (former COO) & Co-founder of CharlieHR, Co-founder of COO Stories
GROW panelist
GROW panelist

Brooks Busch

CEO & Co-founder of Elate, Host of Aspiring Ops podcast, former VP Ops at Springbuk
Host & GROW Panel moderator
Host & GROW Panel moderator

Charlene Chen

COO at Lantum, Co-founder at Operations Nation, Founder of COOhort
DISCOVER panelist
DISCOVER panelist

Gerisha Nadaraju

Head of Business Operations at Dojo, Founder & Host of Product Ops Podcast
GROW panelist
GROW panelist

Marta Kutt

Principal Business Operations at Qatalog
KEYNOTE Fireside Chat speaker
KEYNOTE Fireside Chat speaker

Hari Raghavan

Founder & CEO of Abstract Ops, ex-fintech COO

GROW panelist
GROW panelist

Mike Strange

Director of Operations at Just Eat for Business
GROW panelist
GROW panelist

Kelsey Traher

COO at Marvel App, Co-founder of COO Stories

DISCOVER panelist
DISCOVER panelist

Scott Amenta

Founder of the Chief of Staff Network, Co-founder of Sylva, ex-Chief of Staff
DISCOVER panelist
DISCOVER panelist

Maria Gyemant

People & Talent Consultant at The People Collective, @People Ops Founder & Content Curator
DISCOVER panelist
DISCOVER panelist

Sean Lane

Senior Director, Field Operations at Drift, Host of the Operations Podcast

Hosts

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Astrid Verstraete

Co-Founder of Operations Nation

Also Co-Founder of Ops Stories, Operations Consultant at Kibun Consulting

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Aušrinė Keršanskaitė

Co-Founder of Operations Nation

Also Co-Founder of Ops Stories, Head of Operations at Sphere

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Charlene Chen

Co-Founder of Operations Nation

Also COO at Lantum, Founder of COOhort, Advisory Board Member of SOS at JBM, Board Member of AZA

"We wanted to create an accessible space where any operations professional can easily find the right resources and content to thrive in their careers." — Astrid, Aušrinė and Charlene

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