Elana Carter. Virtual COO. Now Shipping

by elana carter on September 20, 2010

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This is the first post, the inaugural post, post emiritus, genesis post… I’ll stop now. The first post presents a huge opportunity to procrastinate. I mean, it’s the first post right? It’s got to be perfect. It’s got to be epic. If I wait on epic inspiration, I’ll be waiting until the end of time. In favor of epic, I’m going with get the freakin’ first post done approach.

Seth Godin (I’m a huge fan girl) talks a lot about shipping. To ship means get it out the door, make things happen, create results that folks want, start a business, act.  Seth says:

Every time you raise your hand, send an email, launch a product or make a suggestion, you’re exposing yourself to criticism….the negative consequences that come with wasting money, annoying someone in power or making a fool of yourself.

Scary stuff, especially that last bit about making a fool of yourself.

It’s official. I’m in business. I’m launching a Virtual COO (chief operating officer) service for technology based firms. Specifically: I do a great job of running companies

Elana Carter. Virtual COO. Now shipping.




Elana Carter is a Virtual COO who works in your business so you can work on your business. Subscribe to this blog via Email and RSS or contact Elana.

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Javier Munoz September 20, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Hi Elana,

I like to write history! and being the first person to post a comment in your inaugural post will be memorable… at least my first blog comment was much celebrated in my case.

I enjoy when people launch their new businesses, it is such an exhilarating moment, I congratulate you for it. I am also a fan of Pam Slim and that is how I learned of your site.

You are taking the virtual assistant concept one step ahead… it is a very intriguing and bold proposition. I like the can do attitude that you transmit. I wish for you the best in your adventure!

Just Action!



Elana Carter September 21, 2010 at 5:46 PM


Thanks for stopping by and the well wishes.


Laurie Cantus September 20, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Woo hoo! You go girl! And, just for the record, I think your first post *was* epic. I almost wish I was a technology company…! Anyway, I got here via a Twitter link from Tina Forsyth, so figured I’d say “hey” while I was here. Love the site. Love the copy. Love the concept. New business is exciting! Wish you luck.

Laurie Cantus
Owner – http://www.YourGoToGirls.com


Elana Carter September 21, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Hi Laurie,

Thanks for the feeback and support!


liz September 22, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Many congratulation on your new enterprise Elana … and every success.

I’m with Laurie … I wish my business was in the tech field. Maybe you could eventually lead a network of virtual COO’s who worked for different target markets.

You could become the virtual COO Empress!!

I know all about the fear and excitement of launching a new blog and business. I launched mine last Friday and am loving it all.

Isn’t it wonderful how all the mad mountain of details become a pleasure when you run your own business.

I look forward to reading your future posts.

Good Fortune.

Liz Lennon
Diva & Executive Director – Life Dreaming


Elana Carter September 22, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Hey Liz,

You hit the nail on the head – fear and excitement!
I think there might be a viable model in that network of COO’s.


Birender Saini September 22, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Hi there! I got link to your website from Pam’s email newsletter. I loved the site’s clean design. The message is clear and concept is good. I wish you good luck!


Elana Carter September 22, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Thanks Brenda,

I can’t believe the complexity behind simple and clean!


Claire September 22, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Congratulations, Elana. I’m very impressed with the concept and your site. Best of luck with your business!


Elana Carter September 22, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Thans you Claire.
It’s great to have people stop by and wish me the best.


LoJo September 22, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Awesome first post, Elana! Congratulations on launching. Here’s to great success, and helping others ship!


Elana Carter September 22, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Hi LoJo,

Thanks for stopping by. I love your About page in numbers!


Zachary Linquist September 22, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Congrats on the launch. I can tell by your passion that it will be an enormous success. Loved the video explaining what you do. Best of luck!


Elana Carter September 23, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Hi Zachary,

Thanks for stopping by.
I love the feel of your site and the soda pop analogy. I love it when I see a good mix of old school feel woven into the digital world.


Jenny Blake September 22, 2010 at 11:43 PM

Saw your story in Pam’s latest blog post, so I came here to check out your website. I am blown away! Love the concept, but mostly – love how fierce you are! Your about page is absolutely magnetic, powerful, and ass-kickingly awesome. I LOVE all the “give a damns”, and although I’m not a business owner – your services are extremely well communicated and sound like an absolute must for any company.

Congrats on launching your website and business! You are an inspiration 🙂


Elana Carter September 23, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Hi Jenny,

Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate the feedback.
Re: cupcakes, there’s nothing like a sprinkles cupcake. They’re like crack cupcakes.


Giovanna October 23, 2010 at 8:51 PM

I got the link to your website from Pam newsletter witch I just read today.
It´s such a great and beautiful website but I didn´t post anything since September? What happened?
To many clients?

Wish you the best of luck in the world! 😉



Elana Carter October 28, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Thanks so much for stoppin by!

Had a death in the family. I will probably begin posting again next week.



Elana Carter November 4, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Hi Gi,

Thanks for stopping by.
I had a death in the family.
New posts starting next week.


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