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Investors, the board, and you: Who controls strategy?


You’re building a company from your vision and a passion, and lots of people are going to tell you that you have this or that wrong, and that it just won’t work. Business plans rarely survive market contact The truth

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April 1, 2019


How would you like a great advisory board?


By Dave Berkus Have you ever thought of creating an advisory board? As you can guess, that would be an informal group with no legal responsibilities, but one able to be called upon to act as business, industry and scientific

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March 15, 2019


How do you pay an early stage board?


By Dave Berkus Give one percent equity to each outside board member vesting over four years of service. Many early stage CEOs and board members have asked for some guidance regarding pay and time commitments for board members.  Here is

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March 1, 2019


What’s a company board good for, anyway?


By Dave Berkus Some of you have gotten along forever without a board of directors, or used your spouse as the “other” board member from the start.  But there are some very good reasons to build a great board composed

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December 31, 2018


Selling a portfolio business? Find the emotional buyer


By Dave Berkus, Chairman Emeritus, Tech Coast Angels This is one of my favorite insights, since I lived this one in a positive exit from my computer business. Types of business buyers expanded Most people will tell you that there

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December 15, 2018


Can you list ten buyers for your business?


By Dave Berkus, Chairman Emeritus, Tech Coast Angels Most entrepreneurs and certainly all investors would like to see “a positive liquidity event”  (a good sale of the business) someday.  Boards of directors should be aware that one of their duties

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December 1, 2018


Timing is everything in a sale.


Almost anyone who has sold a company has a story to tell about their good deal, the problems with the buyer, a last-minute change of terms, or more.

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November 1, 2018


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