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. 1/ When a startup board is created, there should be two independent seats on it. 2/ VCs should accept observer seats instead of board seats when they invest in companies.

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Meme Investing

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

It may be silly and crazy, but it has also been a good investment for my friend and anyone who bought it in the early years. The combination of memes and investing is a powerful cocktail that I have been ignoring for a long time, probably incorrectly. More recently we have seen meme investing move into public market stocks like Gamestop, AMC Theaters, Wendy’s, and more. It is easy to dismiss meme investing.


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How to Be a Good Board Member

Both Sides of the Table

I have been writing a series on how startup boards get selected, who sits on them and what to avoid. I started this series in part to help entrepreneurs but also to help newer investors because I’ve know with so many new companies you have so many new board members and many people are trying to figure out there respective roles. msuster Many investors don't know how to be good Board members. As a board member it is your job to know this.

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Bolster Your Management Team And Board

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Bolster came out of stealth and into a beta period today and is opening up its marketplace to companies that want to access fractional talent and to executives who want to work at high growth companies in interim, fractional, advisory, or board roles. I love the idea of USV investing in a company that can help our portfolio companies do things better.

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What’s the board’s role in an early-stage startup?


Gregg Adkin is vice president and managing director at Dell Technologies Capital , the global venture capital investment arm of Dell Technologies. What’s the board’s role in an early-stage startup? Startup founders frequently ask me about the role of a board of directors.

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What Makes a Great Independent Board Member?

Both Sides of the Table

When you set up a board it is often initially a combination of the founders and the early investors. This post sets out how I believe founders (and investors) should think about independent board members having worked with many of them for the past 20 years. Founders on the other hand recognize that over time they are likely not to have complete control of the board of directors of the company they founded. The board is where large equity investors get their representation.

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Six Reasons We Love Investing in Founders in Small Cities


You face a lot of challenges—anything from your commute time, to finding great talent, to landing big investments, to connecting with your target customers (fashion and beauty companies come to mind, for instance). Staying in business in a small city or an emerging market can be truly difficult, so what if you invest in a company that doesn’t make it? When a company raises another round of financing, it comes at a higher valuation than when we invested in it.

Who Should be on Your Startup Board?

Both Sides of the Table

One of the things that founders have the most angst about is whom they should have on their board and at what stage of the business. This is smart because amazing board members can be transformative with important advice and access and can also help attract other great board members (and team members). Bad board members can make business very unpleasant. Do you need a board when you first start you company? If you get a smart person on the board?—?just

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How to Win Consulting, Board, and Deal Roles with Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds

David Teten VC

You can work as a consultant, an interim executive, a board member, a deal executive partnering to buy a company, an executive in residence, or as an entrepreneur in residence. . We discuss below all of the different ways you can work with the investment community. Board of Directors.

Public appoints first independent board members, details 2021 user growth


This morning, Public , an investment app for the American market, announced the appointment of two new board members. Public has added Jessica Neal , former chief talent officer at Netflix and present-day venture partner at TCV to its board, along with Dr. Christopher J.

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The Importance of Investing Human Capital

The Seraf Compass

When you combine great leadership with a strong board of directors, the likelihood of a successful outcome for a business increases by an order of magnitude. As members of the board, they occupy leadership positions.

Twelve Years of Investing in Women


I began investing in women over a decade ago. It was a major part of my investing thesis. And I invested. I invested in businesses that I believed had a huge opportunity that could grow to be worth $100M or more. I sit on the board of a company whose founder took that advice and got pregnant. She told me first, before letting the board or even the company know. I believed that I would make a solid return on every single woman I invested in.

Spade Work: How Early Stage Board Directors Add Value

The Seraf Compass

Over the past few years, there has been much talk about the importance of investing both financial and human capital into the rapidly expanding entrepreneurial ecosystem. From our perspective, human capital is as important as financial capital in driving the long term success of startup companies. So how do we go about the job of applying human capital to foster this success

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How Boards Need to Evolve Over Time

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve written a few posts about boards recently as part of a series on the subject. I admit that I haven’t yet read it but I’ve had numerous discussions with Brad over the years about board structure & conduct and consider him a mentor on the topic. When you first start your company and raise initial venture capital your board probably consists of 1-3 founders and 1-2 VCs. So our board meetings consisted of discussion about.

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The Agile Board

Both Sides of the Table

I recently wrote an article on how to respond to board members between meetings. It seems to me this is the main problem with boards. So when I read my post it sounded to me more like a new philosophy for “The Agile Board,&# so I put that as my subtitle. This post is really about getting information to the board faster. What’s missing is changing the board-level plan based on the new info that board members are getting more quickly.

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SoftBank-backed Volpe Capital raises $80M to invest in LatAm


They’re also investing in funds. Today, Volpe Capital announced the $80 million first close of its fund targeting high growth technology investments in Latin America. Volpe also received a “large anchor investment” from its management team.

Do you really need a board of directors?


No matter what your size, if you intend to grow your business into more than just a lifestyle workplace, you should create a board of directors. If you take money from knowledgeable investors, you will be required to create a board as a part of the investment process.

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Boardable’s board management software for nonprofits raises $8 million


Indianapolis-based Boardable , a provider of board management software tools for nonprofits, has raised $8 million in a new round of financing, the company said. Most nonprofits manage their board members with ‘digital duct tape’—endless email threads and file sharing services.

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Extra Crunch roundup: Build a founding team, choose a VC and recruit your board


” In a related article, Gregg Adkin, VP and managing director at Dell Technologies Capital, shared the framework he’s developed for helping founders set up their board. What’s the board’s role in an early-stage startup?

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Ben Franklin Technology Partners

The largest early-stage investor in the region, Ben Franklin provides investment capital, business support services, BIG IDEA Contests, and Startup Boot Camps to emerging tech-entrepreneurs and small manufacturers located in central and northern Pennsylvania. WE INVEST IN INNOVATION. .

Tenacity Raises $3M Series Seed

Hyde Park Angels

HPA Deal Lead Alex Brown will be joining the Tenacity Board of Directors on behalf of HPA. Fundraising New Investments Chicago funding fundraising HPA new board role new investments tenacityTenacity announced raising a $3M Series Seed Round , which was led by HPA.

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5 essential factors for attracting angel investment


Marjorie Radlo-Zandi is an entrepreneur, board member, mentor to startups and angel investor who shows early-stage businesses how to build and successfully scale their businesses. Marjorie Radlo-Zandi. Contributor. Share on Twitter.



Copeland brings breadth of corporate, government, higher education and startup leadership experience to growing board. August 27, 2019 – Techstars , the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, today announced the appointment of Stephanie Copeland to the Techstars Board of Directors. I’m excited to join Techstars’ Board of Directors to help Techstars prepare for its next stage of growth, while enabling and growing new entrepreneurial ecosystems globally.”.

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How to Manage a Board

Y Combinator

One of the most common questions we hear from founders is “How do I manage my board?” It’s something that provokes anxiety, because this is the first time the founder/CEO is subject to external supervision, and the board has powers that include the firing of the CEO and the senior management. Where possible, I’ve included specific examples – drawn from YC companies and partners – of how companies have handled board issues. But first, what’s the purpose of a board?

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How do startups decide who sits on the board?


A company’s board of directors is technically elected by the company’s shareholders. So before a startup receives outside funding, the board is “elected” by—and usually consists of—the founders (although it may exist in name only.). Once a company receives its initial seed, angel or venture funding, the documents prepared for the investment will include a Shareholders Agreement that gets signed by everyone.

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Learn how to build a strong board of directors at TC Early Stage this April


Building a strong board for your startup is key. It’s important to have folks on your board who have both the founder’s and the company’s best interests in mind, and are able to help the company navigate the many stages of a startup’s lifecycle.

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5 must-have board slides for SaaS sales and revenue leaders


Bill Binch is an operating partner at global, technology-focused investment firm Battery Ventures. As a revenue leader at large and small technology companies, I’ve spent the last 15 years attending a lot of quarterly board meetings. Bill Binch. Contributor. Share on Twitter.

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From dorm rooms to board rooms: How universities are promoting entrepreneurship


The UTLP arrives as more higher education institutions are beefing up their investment in the entrepreneurial pipeline to help more students launch startups after graduation. Earlier this year, 15 top U.S.

How do you pay an early stage board?


Give one percent equity to each outside board member vesting over 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. Pay early stage board members of companies that are not lifestyle businesses one percent of the fully diluted equity in the form of an option that vests over four years of service.

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How Venture Capitalist Diane Yoo Chooses Her Startup Investments


With so many entrepreneurs and startup ventures seeking investment opportunities, it’s crucial that venture capitalists (VCs) create a list of criteria they want their potential investments to meet.

Alto raises $40 million to help individuals make tax-savvy investments in assets like crypto and artwork


Alternative investments are having a moment. Institutions have fueled a large part of this growth, investing at record pace into alternatives like crypto, private companies and real estate. ibnAle is set to join the company’s board of directors.

The Care and Feeding of Advisory Boards


But sometimes the outsiders most capable of helping your business are those who invest time, not money. And I don’t mean because they lend a credible name to an investor pitch: way too many entrepreneurs look at names on Advisory Board as just a way to expedite a raise. If that’s all you really expect of the Board, you’re cheating yourself as well as the investors before whom you dangled the names. Proper use of Advisory Boards begins with proper construction.

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How to win consulting, board and deal roles with PE and VC funds


How to attract large investors to your direct investing platform. However, historically most private equity professionals were former investment bankers and other finance professionals. First, start by identifying the firms that invest in companies that you’ve worked with.

If I join a company as a co-founder, should I ask for a board seat?


A board seat in and of itself has no particular value, and is often something to be *avoided*, rather than sought out. The legal role of the board is to make strategic and corporate-level decisions, hire/fire the CEO, and represent all of the stockholders of the company. Indeed, being a member of the board of directors means that you have a legal, fiduciary responsibility to the other investors, and are required to put the stockholders interests ahead of your personal ones.

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What’s a company board good for, anyway?


Some of you have gotten along forever without a board of directors, or used your spouse as the “other” board member from the start. But there are some very good reasons to build a great board composed of some outside members. And good board members can add real value to you and the company. Today, we cover an ideal board’s collective mindset. Generative thinking: Do you have board members who often ask “why?” And what CEO or board wouldn’t want that?

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A Weird and Wacky Approach To Angel Investing


An Odd Start To My Angel Investing. So I thought of an idea: Why not invest in startups? Angel investing is like having a niece or nephew. I then wrote a seed round investment check of $500,000 to HubSpot. This was unfortunate, because I liked angel investing.

A Startup Advisory Board Dream Team is Priceless


I recommend that every early-stage startup find three Advisory Board members. Besides laying out the benefits, your advisory board invitation letter also might include: Your business plan executive summary. The Advisory Board’s objectives and focus. The Advisory Board is quite different from a board of directors, which is required of some private companies in many states. Once your company is past the startup stage, you do need a board of directors.

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