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May 8, 2014

Advisory Board 101: How to Avoid the Advisor Fizzle
It happens time and time again. You somehow managed to get a stellar group of advisors (aka your mentors) to agree to help you and your company. But then you get busy, and they were already busy. Your emails are[ Read More ]

Apr 17, 2014

Advisors Vs. Directors: How To Build Better Boards
Putting together a board of directors or advisors is an opportunity. It shouldn't be considered a hassle. It's a rare chance to build a qualified pool of loyal mentors and colleagues who care that you succeed, in part because they[ Read More ]

Oct 24, 2013

How to Create and Leverage a Stellar Board of Advisors
In 2011, my co-founders and I were looking to get into a market we knew little about: foreign investment. We saw an opportunity in helping Chinese investors find projects in Latin America (my home continent), but we had a few[ Read More ]

Jul 31, 2013

Getting the Right Advisors on Board
I am frequently asked about Advisory Boards. How do they differ from governing boards? What do they do? What's the ideal composition? How do you compensate advisors? I'll take each in turn. Advisory board v. board of directors. An advisory[ Read More ]

May 11, 2013

Board Seats: Elusive Carrots? (4 Reasons Why)
In the last several weeks, I've had three separate conversations with smart, proven C-suite members - all men in their late 50s/early 60s. They're all credentialed and have previous board experience. Each has been aggressively seeking executive board positions over[ Read More ]

May 2, 2013

3 Ways to Find Your Perfect Board of Advisors
Most entrepreneurs use the "Me, Myself and I" approach to corporate governance: I am the sole shareholder. I vote myself to be the sole board member and as a board member, I hire myself to be the CEO. This certainly provides[ Read More ]

Oct 23, 2012

CEO for a Day
This week's Open Angel Network featured a panel on the topic of board service in startup and early stage companies. There was a good discussion about time commitments, potential liabilities, and particularly about how board members often get[ Read More ]

Sep 25, 2012

The wrong advisory board will hurt your startup
If you are an entrepreneur for the first time, or entering a new business area, it's usually worth your time to assemble an Advisory Board of two or three executives who have travelled that road before. But if you select[ Read More ]

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