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Startup Boards: A Field Guide to Building and Leading an Effective Board of Directors

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Startup Boards: A Field Guide to Building and Leading an Effective Board of Directors

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A comprehensive guide on creating, growing, and leveraging a board of directors written for CEOs, board members, and people seeking board roles.

The first time many founders see the inside of a board room is when they step in to lead their board. But how do boards work? How should they be structured, managed, and leveraged so that startups can grow, avoid pitfalls, and get the best out of their boards? Authors Brad Feld, Mahendra Ramsinghani, and Matt Blumberg have collectively served on hundreds of startup and scaleup boards over the past 30 years, attended thousands of board meetings, encountered multiple personalities and situations, and seen the good, bad, and ugly of boards.

In Startup Boards: A Field Guide to Building and Leading an Effective Board of Directors, the authors provide seasoned advice and guidance to CEOs, board members, investors, and anyone aspiring to serve on a board. This comprehensive book covers a wide range of topics with relevant tips, tactics, and best practices, including:

  • Board fundamentals such as the board's purpose, legal characteristics, and roles and functions of board members;
  • Creating a board including size, composition, roles of VCs and independent directors, what to look for in a director, and how to recruit directors;
  • Compensating, onboarding, removing directors, and suggestions on building a diverse board;
  • Preparing for and running board meetings;
  • The board's role in transactions including selling a company, buying a company, going public, and going out of business;
  • Advice for independent and aspiring directors.

Startup Boards draws on the authors' experience and includes stories from board members, startup founders, executives, and investors. Any CEO, board member, investor, or executive interested in creating an active, involved, and engaged board should read this book--and keep it handy for reference.

BRAD FELD has invested in startups for over 25 years and co-founded Foundry and Techstars. He is the author of multiple books, including Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist and Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City. MATT BLUMBERG is the CEO of Bolster, an on-demand talent marketplace that supports startup and scaleup CEOs. He is the author of Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business and Startup CXO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Company's Critical Functions and Teams. MAHENDRA RAMSINGHANI is the founder of Secure Octane, a cybersecurity seed fund in the San Francisco Bay area. He is the author of The Business of Venture Capital and The Resilient Founder: Lessons in Endurance from Startup Entrepreneurs.

ISBN: 9781119859284

ISBN-10: 9781119859284

Publisher: Wiley

Publication Date: 06/15/2022 - 12:00am

On Sale: 01/26/2022 - 12:00am

Pages: 256

Language: English


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