Startup Boards

Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
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Publisher's Summary

An essential guide to understanding the dynamics of a startup's board of directors

Let's 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.

©2014 Brad Feld and Mahendra Ramsinghani (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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quite informative and enjoyable

the information contained within is detailed and articulated well for 1st time entrepreneurs. highly recommend

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Great starting point

Quite informative for a new entrepreneur. It gives great insights on board of directors with their pros and cons.

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Ehhh... Wouldn't recommend to non-amateurs...

This book was a little redundant and covered information that is somewhat intuitive if you have well developed social/ communication skills. I would recommend reading, "Venture Deals: Be Smarter than your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist", instead.

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Great startup book

Great book but a little long. some repetition of the information covered. Good as a stand alone read

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Nice but too long

In my opinion, should have been half the length, then I would have given it 4.5/5.

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awesome starter guide for first time boards

not enough good books focus on this. to small a market I guess, but this is critical if you want to understand the agent/principle relationship.

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boring

It's hard to learn when you can't focus because you're bored. Great insights I'm sure, but there are more interesting books to get them from.

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Great information among many obvious facts

Is there anything you would change about this book?

There are some catching points but on the other hand, there are plenty of very obvious topics and ideas. When someone aspires to to become an entrepreneur they should really understand such ideas and the authors should have been aware of this.

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Amazing

An amazing book on a topic that is commonly ignored and that few people can actually guide you through.

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Great intro to Corporate Boards

Excellent info about forming, working with and getting the most out of a board of directors. This book is very useful for entrepreneurs as well as future or current board members.