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The Pre-Board Board: How to Create Accountability Before You Give Away a Board Seat

This is going to be BIG.

Typically, investors don’t take a board seat until you raise your first equity round—which means that it could be *years* before you have a real board meeting: A year of nights/weekends work researching, prototyping, and fundraising. I’ll make it simple. How many is too many, for example?

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InBIA Elects Board Members

INBIA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE InBIA Welcomes New Directors June 22, 2023 ORLANDO, FL – Members of the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) have elected five individuals to the board of directors to serve three-years terms. The new member of the InBIA board is: • Marc Alessi, Executive Director, Business…

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Your board should protect you!

Berkonomics

All other board functions are secondary. Even venture capitalists who sit on boards where they have significant investments often forget this point. Actually, there are two legal duties of board members. Sometimes, there will be a conflict of interest between the people representing the various shareholder classes on a board.

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Board Diversity

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The board diversity problem is a symptom of a much broader problem around lack of diversity in founders that get funded and lack of diversity in VC firms. Most startup boards are made up of a few founders and a few VCs. No wonder you have no diversity on the board. Boards don’t need three or four VCs on them.

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How do you pay an early-stage board?

Berkonomics

Give one percent equity to each outside board member vesting over two to four years of service. Many early-stage CEOs and board members have asked for some guidance regarding pay and time commitments for board members. Here is my best advice, based upon many boards and many years. Realistic human images.

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Celebrating Angie Singer Keating’s Appointment as Board President of Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA (Ben Franklin CNP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Angie Singer Keating to its Board of Directors as President. Her thought leadership extends to her role as the former board president of i-SIGMA, the International Secure Information Governance and Management Association.

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The Bolster Board Diversity Survey

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Last June, I wrote about board diversity and suggested some things we are doing and that you can do to diversity your board. In the ten months that have passed since I wrote that I am pleased to say that we have seen a noticeable increase in board diversity in our portfolio. It is that important to me and USV. Just do it.

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