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Startup Boards

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Startup Boards

Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors
by Brad Feld
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An essential guide to understanding the dynamics of a startup's board of directorsLets face it, as founders and entrepreneurs, you have a lot on your plate—getting to your minimum viable product,...More
An essential guide to understanding the dynamics of a startup's board of directorsLets face it, as founders and entrepreneurs, you have a lot on your plate—getting to your minimum viable product,...More
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  • An essential guide to understanding the dynamics of a startup's board of directors

    Lets face it, as founders and entrepreneurs, you have a lot on your plate—getting to your minimum viable product, developing customer interaction, hiring team members, and managing the accounts/books. Sooner or later, you have a board of directors, three to five (or even seven) Type A personalities who seek your attention and at times will tell you what to do. While you might be hesitant to form a board, establishing an objective outside group is essential for startups, especially to keep you on track, call you out when you flail, and in some cases, save you from yourself.

    In Startup Boards, Brad Feld—a Boulder, Colorado-based entrepreneur turned-venture capitalist—shares his experience in this area by talking about the importance of having the right board members on your team and how to manage them well. Along the way, he shares valuable insights on various aspects of the board, including how they can support you, help you understand your startup's milestones and get to them faster, and hold you accountable.

  • Details the process of choosing board members, including interviewing many people, checking references, and remembering that there should be no fear in rejecting a wrong fit
  • Explores the importance of running great meetings, mixing social time with business time, and much more
  • Recommends being a board member yourself at some other organization so you see the other side of the equation

    Engaging and informative, Startup Boards is a practical guide to one of the most important pieces of the startup puzzle.

About the Author-
  • Brad Feld has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur for over twenty years. Prior to cofounding Foundry Group—a Boulder, Colorado–based early-stage venture capital fund that invests in information technology companies all over the United States—he cofounded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Feld is also a cofounder of Techstars and has been active with several nonprofit organizations. He is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship.

    Mahendra Ramsinghani has over fifteen years of investment and entrepreneurial experience and has led investments in over fifty seed stage companies. He helped draft the underlying legislation for a fund-of-funds for the state of Michigan. For his contributions, Ramsinghani's immigration to the United States was approved under "national interest." He is the author of The Business of Venture Capital (Wiley). His articles and blogs have been published in Forbes, MIT Technology Review, Thomson Reuters, and the Huffington Post. His educational background includes a BE in electronics and MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Pune, India.

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  • FOREWORD ix

    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xiii

    PART ONE: OVERVIEW 1

    CHAPTER ONE
    Introduction 3

    CHAPTER TWO
    What Is a Board? 11

    PART TWO: BUILDING YOUR BOARD 23

    CHAPTER THREE
    Creating Your Board 25

    CHAPTER FOUR
    Recruiting Board Members 49

    CHAPTER FIVE
    The Formal Structure of the Board 63

    CHAPTER SIX
    Aligning Your Board 71

    CHAPTER SEVEN
    Is an Advisory Board Useful? 77

    PART THREE: THE BUSINESS OF THE BOARD MEETING 85

    CHAPTER EIGHT
    The Actual Board Meeting 87

    CHAPTER NINE
    Motions and Votes 101

    CHAPTER TEN
    Legal Challenges 111

    PART FOUR: COMMUNICATIONS 115

    CHAPTER ELEVEN
    Managing Ongoing Expectations 117

    CHAPTER TWELVE
    Trying New Things 131

    CHAPTER THIRTEEN
    Communication Confl icts 135

    CHAPTER FOURTEEN
    CEO Transitions 143

    PART FIVE: TRANSACTIONS 151

    CHAPTER FIFTEEN
    Financings 153

    CHAPTER SIXTEEN
    Selling a Company 157

    CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
    Going Public 167

    CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
    Going Out of Business 173

    CHAPTER NINTEEN
    Conclusion 179

    APPENDIX

    Checklist 1: Preparing Your Board Package 183

    Checklist 2: Conducting Your Board's Annual Assessment 185

    Checklist 3: Question for Your Legal Counsel 187

    Checklist 4: Should You Get Directors and Offi cers Insurance? 189

    Checklist 5: Stock Option Grants and 409A Valuation 191

    NOTES 195

    INTERVIEWS 199

    BIBLIOGRAPHY 201

    ABOUT THE AUTHORS 203

    INDEX 205

    Excerpt from Startup CEO 211

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