Bad board meetings

By Rick Colosimo / January 23, 2022 /

Lots has been written about how a good board meeting should go. But seldom do people want to talk about the antipattern of a bad board meeting. A bad meeting yields in unactionable advice in response to unanswerable questions. Should we go slow or go fast? Answer 1: look before you leap. Answer 2: he…

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How do I create a board?

By Rick Colosimo / March 4, 2016 /

You’ve read my post on the benefits of having a board in your closely held company, and you’re convinced. You’re ready to move forward but stuck at step 2. How do you go about putting a board together? For most companies, major investors push for governance rights and the structure of the board becomes an…

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Why should my company have a board?

By Rick Colosimo / March 1, 2016 /

Most of my startup and small business clients are operated by the majority owners – a founder/CEO holding 70%, for example, or the CEO who owns 100% of the company. For each of these situations, its incredibly uncommon for the company to have a board. Why is this? NB: I’m not talking about technical corporate…

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Five-minute general counsel: how to structure a board meeting

By Rick Colosimo / November 22, 2010 /

Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures wrote about his board meeting and ugly travel schedule some time ago. It’s refreshing to hear him talk about being excited to go to board meetings. I’ve sat in too many where a VC (even a monster big-name guy) ended up talking about the format of financials being presented…

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