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06/24/13
Wise Skill for Start-ups. Choosing board members
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Legal matters, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 6:08 pm

Is a board member in an entrepreneurial effort different from
a sponsor, mentor or trainer?

This is an instructive entry for people interviewing for
start-up company technical positions
, as well.  [Ask who
is on the board of advisers and board of directors…]

We provided insight on the roles mentors, sponsors, coaches
and teachers
provide recently.  Start-ups need board members,
earlier, rather than later.  A person can be on a board of
advisers, as I find myself on.  In this case, board members
 - help navigate the unknown
 - come from different backgrounds
 - communicate effectively
 - seek the truth and relate things even if they are not favored

Board members have an added formal commitment if
they are “directors” for they have fiduciary responsibilities.

Eron Laniado emphasized the importance of
1. independent board members- no financial connections
2. familiarity with current and next stage of development
3. experience in needed areas
4. relationships really matter

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