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Board Meeting 101
Board Meeting 101
Board Meeting 101
Board Meeting 101
Board Meeting 101
Board Meeting 101
Board Meeting 101
Board Meeting 101
Board Meeting 101
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Board Meeting 101
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Board Meeting 101

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Startup Board Meeting Template

Startup Board Meeting Template

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  • 1. Company Name
    Board Meeting
    Place
    Date
    Time
    Tip: Avoid Dial in number and make people show up
  • 2. Agenda
    Board Business
    Finance & Admin Update
    Business Update
    CEO Update
    Functional Update
    StrategyBrainstorming
    Closing
    January 19, 2010
    2
  • 3. Board Business
    Previous Meeting Minutes
    Resolutions
    Options grants
    Tip: describe who hiring and why, include a cap table and an ongoing analysis of usage
    Secret tip – always have an option usage forecast in the back so board knows status of option pool
    Other Issues
    January 19, 2010
    3
  • 4. Business Dashboard
    Key Metrics Dashboard
    This slide should be EVERYTHING board needs to understand state of business
    Tip: They should be able to leave, zone out after this slide
    Agree on metrics, never change format
    List performance against plan, when necessary short commentary describing variances
    January 19, 2010
    4
  • 5. Finance – Current Month “Flash”
    Light summary of current month revenue/expenses vs. plan
    Explain variances at high level
    Light summary of next months revenue/expenses vs. plan
    Explain variances at high level
    Other Finance related accomplishments and admin items
    January 19, 2010
    5
  • 6. Financial Review Details
    January 19, 2010
    6
    • Place “light” version of current financials here
    • 7. Tip: Simple P&L that highlights key points
    • 8. Tip: Not an eye chart font
    • 9. Put in the appendix section
    • 10. Cab table
    • 11. Balance Sheet
    • 12. Headcount summary vs. plan by function
    • 13. Detailed “eye chart” P&L and Balance sheet
    • 14. tip always cast against plan
  • Company One Pager
    Simple slide outlining high level positioning
    Key differentiators/points of innovation
    Tip
    I like it to keep everyone up and down the business “on the same message”
    January 19, 2010
    7
  • 15. Business Update – Key Progress
    CEO update
    Key items that board should be aware of
    Accomplishments
    Challenges (HAVE CHALLENGES)
    Tip: focus on the challenges, wins take care of themselves
    January 19, 2010
    8
  • 16. Validation/Lessons vs. Key Assumptions
    For early stage startups only
    Outline 5-10 key assumptions about the business
    Focus on those that drive strategy, biz plan, investment thesis of board members, metrics, etc
    Chart progress, share leanings against them
    January 19, 2010
    9
  • 17. Business Function Updates
    Rotate functions for a deep dive each meeting
    Sales should always present
    Pipeline, key wins/losses, lessons, funnel analysis, etc
    Add in monthly rotation of other functional groups
    Product, marketing, engineering, operations, etc
    Or Customer Discovery, etc if you like those groups better
    Everyone should be as factual, data driven as possible
    Base presentation on state of business, area of focus, etc.
    January 19, 2010
    10
  • 18. Strategic Conversations/Brainstorming
    Have a series of strategic slides
    Keep them simple, not a McKinsey report
    Meant to drive dialog/brainstorming not a presentation
    Limit to 1-3 topics per meeting
    If you have a good board, focus 60%+ of board meeting energies here
    Why?
    Get their ideas, experiences
    Make sure board understands strategic questions
    Get buy in on key issues
    January 19, 2010
    11
  • 19. Closing
    Review Action Items
    Next Meeting
    Breakout session
    Committee meetings (audit, compensation)
    Board only session without management
    January 19, 2010
    12
  • 20. Appendix
    Financial Details
    P&L
    Balance Sheet
    Cap table
    Any other key financials
    Other Materials
    Marketing (competitive analysis, coverage, etc)
    Engineering (project plans, key wins)
    Sales (pipeline if not covered above)
    January 19, 2010
    13

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