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What Makes A Great Startup Board Member

Empathy, curiosity and hard work are among the most important qualities for a truly great startup board member.

August 22, 2019 – In my two decades as a venture investor, I’ve served on about 50 startup boards. I’ve had the privilege of working side-by-side with experienced independent directors, operating executives, and venture investors. I’ve come to learn that empathy, curiosity and hard work are among the most important qualities for a truly great startup board member. I’ve seen firsthand how great board members can help a startup achieve more that it would on its own, or allow it to work through a problem that might otherwise prove fatal. I’ve also seen board members who didn’t make much impact, or worse, engaged in ways that hurt a company. Here are my thoughts on how to be a good board member. Be clear about ...

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