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The Ultimate Start-Up Guide by Carol Broadbent, Tom Hogan

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Boards

RICHARD BRANSON

LISTEN. TAKE THE BEST. LEAVE THE REST.

CROWDED OCEAN

IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW, YOU’RE SCREWED. YOU JUST DON’T KNOW IT.

WHEN START-UPS TALK ABOUT “THE BOARD,” nine times out of 10, they’re referring to the board of directors. But there are ancillary boards that can also contribute to early success. Let’s look at all of them.

Your Board of Directors

Your board of directors can be an incredible resource or a pain in the ass. Or both. It can be an strategic asset, with most of the relationships within it collegial and positive. Or it can be a relationship marked by suspicion, with the company (the CEO especially) running scared much of the time. Building and managing that positive board experience is an essential ...

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