|Head of Business Operations||Joanne Stableford (@jostableford)|
|Business Operations Engineer||Nathan Holliday (@hollidayn), Isabell Reedy (@ireedy)|
- To make a request of this department, create an issue and a team member will get back to you within one business day (If urgent, mention a team member in #g-business-operations.
- Please use issue comments and GitHub mentions to communicate follow-ups or answer questions related to your request.
- Any Fleet team member can view the kanban board for this department, including pending tasks and the status of new requests.
The Business Operations department is directly responsible for the functions of all Finance, People, Legal, IT, and Revenue Operations (RevOps).
Many of these processes are automated, but it's vital to check Gusto and Plane manually for accuracy.
- Salaried fleeties are automated in Gusto and Plane.
- Hourly fleeties and consultants are a manual process each month in Gusto and Plane.
|Payroll type||What to use||DRI|
|Commissions and ramp||"Off-cycle" payroll||Head of Revenue Operations|
|Sign-on bonus||"Bonus" payroll||Head of Business Operations|
|Performance bonus||"Bonus" payroll||Head of Business Operations|
|Accelerations (quarterly)||"Off-cycle" payroll||Head of Revenue Operations|
|US contractor payroll||"Off-cycle" payroll||Head of Business Operations|
Recurring monthly or annual expenses, such as the tools we use throughout Fleet, are tracked as recurring, non-personnel expenses in "🧮 The Numbers" (¶confidential Google Sheet), along with their payment source. Reconciliation of recurring expenses happens monthly.
Use this spreadsheet as the source of truth. Always make changes to it first before adding or removing a recurring expense. Only track significant expenses. (Other things besides amount can make a payment significant; like it being an individualized expense, for example.)
Domain name registrations are handled through Namecheap. Access is managed via 1Password.
Fleet team members with access to Fleet's infrastructure undergo a background check provided through Vetty. Only the most recent background checks appear on the home page of Vetty's dashboard. To access a complete list of background checks run in Vetty, scroll down to the bottom of the candidates page and click "View Historical".
As soon as an offer is accepted, Fleet provides laptops and YubiKey security keys for core team members to use while working at Fleet. The BizOps engineer will work with the new team member to get their equipment requested and shipped to them on time.
Check the Fleet IT warehouse before purchasing any equipment including laptops, monitors, and Yubikeys to ensure we efficiently utilize existing assets before spending money. If Fleet IT warehouse inventory can meet the needs of the request, file a warehouse request.
Apple computers shipping to the United States and Canada are ordered using the Apple eCommerce Portal, or by contacting the business team at an Apple Store or contacting the online sales team at 800-854-3680. The BizOps team can arrange for same-day pickup at a store local to the Fleetie if needed.
Note: Most Fleeties use 16-inch MacBook Pros. Team members are free to choose any laptop or operating system that works for them, as long as the price is within reason.
When ordering through the Apple eCommerce Portal, look for a banner with Apple Store for FLEET DEVICE MANAGEMENT | Welcome [Your Name]. Hovering over Welcome should display Your Profile. If Fleet's account number is displayed, purchases will be automatically made available in Apple Business Manager (ABM).
Apple computers for Fleeties in other countries should be purchased through an authorized reseller to ensure the device is enrolled in ADE. In countries that Apple does not operate or that do not allow ADE, work with the authorized reseller to find the best solution, or consider shipping to a US based Fleetie and then shipping on to the teammate.
A 3-year AppleCare+ Protection Plan (APP) should be considered default for Apple computers >$1500. Base MacBook Airs, Mac minis, etc. do not need APP unless configured beyond the $1500 price point. APP provides 24/7 support, and global repair coverage in case of accidental screen damage or liquid spill, and battery service.
Certain new team members, especially in go-to-market (GTM) roles, will need paid access to paid tools like Salesforce and LinkedIn Sales Navigator immediately on their first day with the company. Gong licenses that other departments need may request them from BizOps and we will make sure there is no license redundancy in that department. The table below can be used to determine which paid licenses they will need, based on their role:
|Role||Salesforce CRM||Salesforce "Inbox"||LinkedIn (paid)||Gong (paid)||Zoom (paid)|
Warning: Do NOT buy LinkedIn Recruiter. AEs and SDRs should use their personal Brex card to purchase the monthly Core Sales Navigator plan. Fleet does not use a company wide Sales Navigator account. The goal of Sales Navigator is to access to profile views and data, not InMail. Fleet does not send InMail.
Here are the steps we take to grant appropriate Salesforce licenses to a new hire:
- Go to "My Account".
- View contracts -> pick current contract.
- Add the desired number of licenses.
- Sign DocuSign sent to the email.
- The order will be processed in ~30m.
- Once the basic license has been added, you can create a new user using the new team member's
@fleetdm.comemail and assign a license to it.
- To also assign a user an "Inbox license", go to the "Setup" page and select "User > Permission sets". Find the inbox permission set and assign it to the new team member.
From time to time, you may get notices via email (or in the mail) from state agencies regarding Fleet's withholding and/or unemployment tax accounts. You can resolve some of these notices on your own by verifying and/or updating the settings in your Gusto account.
If the notice is regarding an upcoming change to your deposit schedule or unemployment tax rate, make the required change in Gusto, such as:
- Update your unemployment tax rate.
- Update your federal deposit schedule.
- Update your state deposit schedule.
In Gusto, you can click How to review your notice to help you understand what kind of notice you received and what additional action you can take to help speed up the time it takes to resolve the issue.
Note: Many agencies do not send notices to Gusto directly, so it’s important that you read and take action before any listed deadlines or effective dates of requested changes, in case you have to do something. If you can't resolve the notice on your own, are unsure what the notice is in reference to, or the tax notice has a missing payment or balance owed, follow the steps in the Report and upload a tax notice in Gusto.
Every Friday at 1:00pm CT, we gather hours worked for anyone who gets paid hourly by Fleet. This includes core team members and consultants, regardless of employment classification, and regardless whether inside or outside of the United States.
- For every hourly core team member in Gusto or Pilot.co, look up their manager (who they report to).
- If any direct report is hourly in Pilot.co and does not submit their hours until the end of the month, still list them, but explain. (See example below.)
- Consultants don't have a formal reporting structure or manager. Instead, send their hours worked to the CEO, no matter who the consultant is.
Then, send the CEO and each manager a direct message in Slack by copying and pasting the following template:
Here are the hours worked by your direct reports since last Saturday at midnight (YYYY-MM-DD):
- 🧑🚀 Alice Bobberson: 21.25
- 🧑🚀 Charles David: 3.5
- 🧑🚀 Philippe Timebender: (hours not available until they invoice at the end of the month)
And here are the hours worked by consultants:
- 💁 Bombalurina: 0
- 💁 Jennyanydots: 0
- 💁 Skimbleshanks: 19
- 💁 Griza Bella: 0
For Fleet's US contractors, running payroll is a manual process:
- Add the amount to be paid to the "Gross" line.
- Review hours ("Time tools > Time tracking")
- Adjust time frame to match current payroll period (the 27th through 26th of the month)
- Sync hours and run contractor payroll.
- Update commission calculator with new revenue from any deals that are closed/won (have a subscription agreement signed by both parties) and have an effective start date within the previous month.
- Find detailed notes on this process in Notes - Run commission payroll in Gusto.
- Let the Head of Business Operations know they can run the commission payroll. Use the off-cycle payroll option in Gusto. Be sure to classify the payment as "Commission" in the "other earnings" field and not the generic "Bonus."
- Once commission payroll has been run, update the commission calculator to mark the commission as paid.
- SLA: The monthly accounting issue should be completed and closed before the 7th of the month.
- The close date is tracked each month in KPIs.
- When is the issue created? We create and close the monthly accounting issue for the previous month within the first 7 days of the following month. For example, the monthly accounting issue to close out the month of January is created promptly in February and closed before the end of the day, Feb 7th. A convenient trick is to create the issue on the first Friday of the month and close it ASAP.
No later than the second month of every quarter, we check Delaware divison of corporations to ensure that Fleet has paid the quarterly franchise tax amounts to remain in good standing with the state of Delaware.
- Go to the DCIS - eCorp website and use the details in 1Password to look up Fleet's status.
- If no outstanding amounts: the tax has been paid.
- If outstanding amounts shown: ensure payment before due date to avoid penalties, interest, and entering bad standing.
Every quarter, we check Quickbooks Online (QBO) for discrepancies and follow up on quirks.
- Check to make sure bookkeeping quirks are all accounted for and resolved or in progress toward resolution.
- Check balance sheet and profit and loss statements (P&Ls) in QBO against the monthly workbooks in Google Drive.
Follow these steps to perform quarterly reporting for Fleet's investors:
- Login to Chronograph and upload our profit and loss statement (P&L), balance sheet and cash flow statements for CRV (all in one book saved in Google Drive.
- Provide updated metrics for the following items using Fleet's KPI spreadsheet.
- Headcount at end of the previous quarter.
- Starting ARR for the previous quarter.
- Total new ARR for the previous quarter.
- "Upsell ARR" (new ARR from expansions only- Chronograph defines "upsell" as price increases for any reason. - Fleet does not "upsell" anything; we deliver more value and customers enroll more hosts), downgrade ARR and churn ARR (if any) for the previous quarter.
- Ending ARR for the previous quarter.
- Starting number of customers, churned customers, and the number of new customers Fleet gained during the previous quarter.
- Total amount of Fleet customers at the end of the previous quarter.
- Gross margin %
- How to calculate: (total revenue for the quarter - cost of goods sold for the quarter)/total revenue for the quarter (these metrics can be found in our books from Pilot). Chronograph will automatically conver this number to a %.
- Net dollar retention rate
- How to calculate: (starting ARR + new subscriptions and expansions - churn)/starting ARR.
- Cash burn
- How to calculate: start of quarter runway - end of quarter runway.
Doing an equity grant involves:
- executing a board consent
- the recipient and CEO signing paperwork about the stock options
- updating the number of shares for the recipient in the equity plan
- updating Carta to reflect the grant
For the status of stock option grants, exercises, and all other common stock including advisor, founder, and team member equity ownership, see Fleet's equity plan. For information about investor ownership, see Carta.
Fleet's equity plan is the source of truth, not Carta. Neither are pro formas sent in an email attachment, even if they come from lawyers.
Anyone can make mistakes, and none of us are perfect. Even when we triple check. Small mistakes in share counts can be hard to attribute, and can cause headaches and eat up nights of our CEO's and operations team's time. If you notice what might be a discrepancy between the equity plan and any other secondary source of information, please speak up and let Fleet's CEO know ASAP. Even if you're wrong, your note will be appreciated.
Within 60 days of the end of the year, follow these steps:
- Provide Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) with our balance sheet and profit and loss statement (P&L, sometimes called a cashflow statement) for the past twelve months.
- Provide SVB with our board-approved annual operating budgets and projections (on a quarterly granularity) for the new year.
- Deliver this as early as possible in case they have questions.
The following table lists this department's rituals, frequency, and Directly Responsible Individual (DRI).
TODO: Verify each of these points to the correct link above. Then extrapolate into rituals.yml. (See CEO handbook page for an example.)
|Key review||every three weeks||Every release cycle, a key review deck is prepared and presented.||Head of Business Operations|
|Informing managers about hours worked||Weekly||See Informing managers about hours worked".||Head of Business Operations|
|Payroll||Monthly before payroll runs||Every month, Mike McNeil audits the payroll platforms for accuracy.||Head of Business Operations|
|US contractor payroll||Monthly||Sync contractor hours to payments in Gusto and run payroll for the month.||Head of Business Operations|
|Commission payroll||Monthly||Use the commission calculator to determine the commission payroll to be run in Gusto.||Taylor Hughes|
|Revenue report||Weekly||At the start of every week, check the Salesforce reports for past due invoices, non-invoiced opportunities, and past due renewals. Report any findings to in the
|Monthly accounting||Monthly||Create the monthly close GitHub issue and walk through the steps. (This process includes fulfill the monthly reporting requirement for SVB.)||Nathanael Holliday|
|Quarterly grants||Quarterly||Create the quarterly close GitHub issue and walk through the steps.||Nathanael Holliday|
|AP invoice monitoring||Weekly||Look for new accounts payable invoices and make sure that Fleet's suppliers are paid.||Nathanael Holliday|
|Tax preparation||Annually on the first week of March||Provide information to tax team with Deloitte and assist with filing and paying state and federal returns||Nathanael Holliday|
|Vanta check||Monthly||Look for any new actions in Vanta due in the upcoming months and create issues to ensure they're done on time.||Nathan Holliday|
|Investor reporting||Quarterly||Provide updated metrics for CRV in Chronograph.||Nathanael Holliday|
|Applicant forwarding||Daily||Whenever an application notification arrives in the BizOps slack channel, forward this notification to the hiring channel for that position.||Joanne Stableford|
|KPI roundup + weekly update||Weekly||Update KPI spreadsheet with BizOps KPI data by 5pm US central time every Friday. At 5pm check other department KPIs to make sure they have been updated, and if not, notify DRIs and the apprentice to the CEO which KPIs have not been updated.||Nathanael Holliday|
|Deliver annual report for venture line||Annually||Within 60 days of the new year, provide financial statements to SVB, along with board-approved projections for the new year.||Joanne Stableford|
The following stubs are included only to make links backward compatible.
Please see handbook/register-a-domain-for-fleet.