How quickly we go off topic! In 2002, … I'm in my thirteenth year on one board and my eleventh on another. Without that, they struggle to believe others are competent.Instant need for control. Granted this is really more “networking” but it does help keep my ideas in check! great post. The selection of a board of directors is an important process because a great deal of responsibility is entrusted to them. As a founder director I have a lock in period. Founders take a while to warm up to the idea of independent directors and even longer to bring them onto a board. Being a board director requires them to prepare for and attend board meetings, review corporate filings and materials, and advise managers in their roles. There are obvious benefits but there are scenarios where I can see how this practice could create some conflict of interest.I have a long list of questions on this topic if you decide to cover it at some point. As a company moves from founder control to investor control, the notion of an independent director crops up. The Board of Directors consists of six to eight members elected by the shareholders at the general meeting and such additional number of members as are elected by the employees under the Danish Companies Act. Because if you are your own board, you won't get any of the benefits that come with having a board. Member. we had phones like the image below. In a public corporation, the board is elected by the shareholders. Now it is as fast as a second … but there was the thrill of waiting which i miss sometime (sometimes … like waiting for that girls mail ). There will most likely be a comittee of the Board that is called the Nominating Committee. In addition, any contract or proposed contract entered into in breach of Section 131 is voidable at the instance of the company, except if the person ha… The NRA Board of Directors has 76 members. However, investors can and will negotiate for a Board seat in some situations. Would be happy to connect. These men and women possess considerable talents and leadership skills and help determine the overall direction of the company. Peter Fenton. But it should not stay that way for long. A corporation's articles of incorporation or bylaws, which set forth the rules for governing the corporation, identify the board of directors. Board members will need to sign a conflict of interest statement, and they must act in the best interest of the business, not their individual or business interests. The average number of directors in credit unions is seven. However, even if you can’t find someone with deep experience in the company’s industry, having someone on the board who has external opinions (e.g. but in general they are awful. Just concern over outsiders not understanding their vision? They are not that common. I am but an egg, but it seems to me that shareholder agreements could be important protections when founder stakes go below majority. I.e. That would be a great addition. It was better for the incumbents and worse for everyone else. But who typically asks for that? I tape recorded the line one time. That is the essential truth in every company. “In fact, I would argue that an investor controlled Board is the worst possible situation. Frequently, this board includes one or more of the shareholders themselves. Yes?Should founders be seeking protections against bad behavior, like discriminative dilution or abuse of vesting, in these docs, or elsewhere? That board realized that meeting that they had “expanded” the ballet to the point of bankruptcy and I swear that they acted like it just dawned on them!That was the worst year of my life….. non profit boards are typically full of trophy board members. They are important. what do you mean by “lock in period”? But this is also why this post, this series…and the last one… given the makeup of the AVC audience/community are so invaluable. In order to become eligible and continue to serve as a director, the person: As a qualification of office at the time that a director is first elected to the Board of Directors, the director shall reside in and be selected from the area encompassed by a particular district and position as those areas are defined in these bylaws. C. Notwithstanding subsection B, paragraph 8, a director elected by the board to fill the vacancy of a director elected by the members may be removed with or without cause by the members, but not by the board of directors. ha!we could do a fun friday where i start with an image in the post and every comment has to have a relevant image to it. The founder should control the board in a company he or she controls and independent directors should control a board where the founder does not control the company. I believe Shareholders Agreements usually remain in place until there has been a substantial change in the business – merger, acquisition, IPO, bankruptcy.In most other situations, the Shareholders Agreement will be amended to reflect changes in the business – enlarging the board, granting/limiting powers of management, addressing changes in capital structure. This "aternative slate" approach is most commonly taken by "activist investors" who take a meaningful minority stake in a public company and agitate for changes in the Baord, Management, and strategic direction of the company. The provenance of the company is a spin-out of a larger company, but we’re start-up sized and have similar product maturity. Usually, shareholders elected to the board of directors own a significant portion of the corporation. They are voted upon by either delegates chosen by the shareholders, or by … Someone explains it in a nice and simple manner. The director may be removed only if a majority of the directors then in office vote for the removal. Fred…Thanks!There is so much shared knowledge in this post. Adding an investor Director does not mean that the founder loses control of the Board. Does every VC firm insists on having a lock-in period for founders /founder-directors/senior management team? The more independent minded the Board becomes, the better it usually is. Reading this, I thought about how unprepared most entrepreneurs are for selecting a board…maybe even less so than building a team. Most founders/entrepreneurs I know have mentors who are not on the board but play a similar role as independent directors in terms of giving advice and perspective.This probably lessens the urgency to add more independent directors to the board, at least in their minds.Also the more people, no matter how great they are, the more time it takes to manage them. These are drafted before its incorporation. 2) Do cooperatives need to be incorporated? In the third year it was three investors, two founders, and two senior team members. I’d suggest taking the argument a step further. Decide which type of board you would like to serve on. Both for-profit and nonprofit companies have boards of directors. I have some things in my office that I am supposed to sell for my dad. i don’t think it is possible to have a vanilla set of “rules” that will work for every situationbut there certainly are best practicesthat is one of the things i want to put out there as part of MBA Mondays. Frequently, this board includes one or more of the shareholders themselves. While it may be easier to find a board seat with a nonprofit, don’t assume that this position will make it easier for you to find a seat on a for-profit board in the future. And do they just attend, but not vote? Perhaps in a future post you will discuss the veto rights of certain classes of stock, such as the prefs held by VCs, and how this impacts governance. It contains a bunch of provisions, but one of the provisions can be an agreement that the shareholders of the company will vote for a representative of a certain investor in the election of the Board of Directors. A much better example is Twitter, where I was the first outside Director, taking a board seat when Twitter was formed in the spinout from Obvious and USV made its initial investment. Many of these changes in the Twitter board happened at the time of financings. And totally, totally resonate with this comment. What’s a normal path for board evolution in terms of skillsets and personalities? it can be a “kitchen cabinet”. In 1992, in view of the large number of new members that had joined the Bank, the number of elected Exec… Besides, positions typically include a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and … Love the twitter tidbit. All business corporations—large, medium, and small—have boards of directors as required by the general corporation laws of the states in which the companies are incorporated. It seems like they can provide a neutral perspective and help all the parties reach alignment on conflicting issues. The board of directors is elected by the shareholders. The procedure and requirements for incorporation vary across federal, state or provincial levels. A director is anyone who can vote at a board meeting. The founder can still nominate and elect the directors they want on the board. Where do you draw the line? Most founders and VC have control issues.They don’t have confidence in themselves. Invaluable!Thanks Fred. All details should be clarified with your local business entity registration office. Agree. The Code gives the recruitment task to a nomination committee, a majority of whose members should be independent non-executive directors. One is a phone like the above (but the really heavy bakelite “murder weapon” version the one in the picture appears to be plastic. That committee will select a slate of directors that will be put up for election by all the shareholders of the company at the annual meeting. It has been tremendously valuable to hear the perspectives of businesses in other industries. like investor directors, they can be a “necessary evil”. Board directors usually expect that serving on a board of directors will be worth their time and effort. The Board of Directors and the Executive Management are responsible for managing the company’s affairs. In the second year it was me and Bijan, two founders and a founding team member. As required by the Companies Act 1965, directors who are interested in a contract must disclose their interest pursuant to Section 131. There will most likely be a comittee of the Board that is called the … I’m seeing a number of great consultancies grow without a board, but am trying to convince some that it may add tremendous value even if they’re not classic “startups.”p.s. While members of the board of directors are elected by shareholders, which individuals are nominated is decided by a nomination committee. Ballots list different nominees for positions such as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. I wonder if msm, which speculated wildly on this, will notice. i don’t typically see those kinds of protections in the shareholders agreement. Does the effectiveness of the board correlate to the success of the company? I like the concept of independent directors. The shareholders elect the Board of Directors. It is the rare investor who takes a broader and more holistic view of the company.” Not a mainstream view. Every company should have a Board Of Directors. Go figure.Great post, Fred. . Best practices for planning a board meeting as CEO. Collective consciousness perhaps? In theory, this approach could be used in both private and public companies, but in reality it is almost entirely limited to public companies. Thoughts on why? So one should pick independent directors that are not scared to speak their minds and have the company’s interest in mind all the time. Seven members are elected from geographic divisions, while three members are elected at-large, one from an ethnic minority, one from the underrepresented gender, and one from a private school. so working backwards on your comment,1) yes, founders should join another board. For many of the Boards I am on, this is how my seat is elected. Lessons learned: Independent review is essential to a company’s health as it matures.The board works for the shareholders, and provides balance for corporate leadership. Every cooperative needs a board of directors which acts as the managing executive. I’d also like to add, as a recommendation to other startup CEOs, that you devote the time/energy to join another company’s board. Says even more for those who succeed. A lot of the time in venture-backed companies, they evolve by having new investors replace the prior ones; that may work since the market theoretically would create a match between investors’ skills and the company’s needs. When and if a company goes public, the Shareholders Agreement will terminate and public company governance standards will dictate how a board is selected and elected. Fred this a dynamite post. I’m surprised that the boards you mention are so light on independents. This is less common for angel investors and more common for venture capital investors. It covers all the bases with a real world positioning. Neither Federal nor state laws establish specific rules around board elections for charitable organizations. I agree — and often the type of independent board member you want is different at different stages in a company’s growth. These benefits include, but are not limited to, advice, counsel, relationships, experience, and accountability. Investors usually have a narrow set of interests that involve how much money they are going to make (or lose) on their investment. Thank You, I have been looking for something like this for a long time. Increases in the number of elected Executive Directors require a decision of the Boards of Governors by an 80% majority of the total voting power. 2) How many directors sit on the board? a B2C CEO on a B2B company board, a metrics-driven board member on a brand-driven business’s board, etc), or instead seek to add like minds who have similar experience.For services companies and others without investors/hyper-growth goals, would you still recommend a board of directors be created? Assuming you still have many other rights in the Shareholders agreement, including access to information.Perhaps you can comment on Board Observer rights. Most importantly, build a great board. I would have expected that even fairly early on you’d have a better 5-member board with e.g. Two questions for you:Choosing an independent board seat member – what qualities do you recommend? Being on the CGS Board of Directors is an opportunity for Tucker to help shape the future of graduate education from best practices initiatives to legislative advocacy, she said. these are my favorite usv posts. Are there other cases where the Shareholders Agreement will terminate, besides when going public? Oh and I served on the Pekingese Club of America’s board for a year….that was a club founded by JP Morgan and had as members, at one time, everyone on the east coast with blue blood….sadly, in the late 80’s someone had the brillant idea to open the club to the masses and preached the wonders of democracy! When the founder loses control of the company (usually by selling a majority of the stock to investors), it does not mean the investors should control the Board. Executive Directors shall be elected from candidates recommended by the Board, and Independent Directors shall be recommended by the Independent Director Recommendation Committee. This will be percieved as a hostile move by most companies and they will fight the alternative slate of directors. How common is this? As stated “you get what you negotiate for”, could it be possible that investors and more particularly VC’s try to advise the founders the right composition of the board that is fair to all sides or does fiduciary responsibility kill the conscience and if the founders are not savvy or aware of what they are getting it, it is not the VC’s responsibility to counsel wisely.Has Mr.Wilson seen many founders having been screwed over by VC’s in terms of how the Board got formed or decisions were made because of the way the entity was created. These elections are typically preceded by a presentation from each of the candidates. In a broad sense, a corporate board of directors acts as a fiduciaryfor shareholders. I have see this happen in my previous stint as well.What do you infer if a founder director quits. (not in terms of amounts of people as in the case of twitter), Good post by Matt Blumberg & Brad FeldWhat Makes an Awesome Board Memberhttp://www.onlyonceblog.com…, Do you have any recommendations for creating and maintaining family advisory boards participating in the succession process. Board members’ external perspective is invaluable to a business, but what keeps them interested in the long term sustainable (profitable) entities if they serve only a few years?Abstraction: Independent review aids in writing (great editors), development (code review), and many other professions. Overall great post – up on AskTheVC as the post of the day, although you didn’t have much competition since everything else was about SXSW.http://www.askthevc.com/wp/…, i resisted the urge to talk about that back when everyone wanted to talk about itbut i am glad to talk about it in the context of a learning moment. Or the Board can be expanded to five and the investors can take one or two seats and the founder can control the rest. The board of directors is elected by the shareholders. we were looking at old stuff my hubbie had for early web days too — his contribution to Expo 86 interactive theatre concept — the first website architecture for General Motors Canada (before the US had a site i think) — he believes we have to hold on to it all in case it’s worth something one day (i call it hoarding) ….. That thing is seriously a marvel of design.Some days I think the whole computer-phone-cell thing is overrated – particularly on days when I see old phones. This is an important role within a company, as the board of directors doesn't directly control the company on this level; the board's involvement is focused more on higher-end goals and business strategies. I would say that it is important for the Board member to have a diverse background, with as Charlie points out operating or start-up experience. Creating options policies 3. i don’t love them. the more you do something the simpler it is to explain it. 2 insiders, 1 investor, 2 independents — assuming the founders/insiders are open to it. In this governing framework, the board is not accountable to another body. Ah ha, that’s the expression I couldn’t remember for the life of me at time of posting – ‘trophy board members’ – excellent profiling.Sadly, met so many of those types – more interested in the snacks available during the meeting, gossip, and the post-meeting drinks/dinner venue and expenses available to clock-up…, I have a question, although you might want to answer that in a different post of this post series: do independent members of the board get anything (stock, etc) in return for being in the board? Thank you.Will come back to read more of the comments because I’ve learned that much of the value of MBA Mondays is the conversation started and the wealth of wisdom pulled in by that convo. What percentage of VCs hold it, do you think? It wasn’t terrible but as someone who has been in the game from post sides of the connected fence, it sure is better now. First, the articles can permit t… The Structure and Makeup of the Board The board is made up of individuals (the "directors") who are elected by the shareholders for multiple-year terms. who isn’t part of the company ‘echo chamber’) is quite valuable. In the first year it was me and two founders and a founding team member. On a broader scale groups like Vistage have that same value – shared perspective across industry leaders without the need for a formal board. Usually, shareholders elected to the board of directors own a significant portion of the corporation. I am a fan of a three person Board early on in a company's life. This is an agreement between all the shareholders of the company. They also have to consider the amount of time that it will take to serve effectively and responsibly on the board. Not only should boards evolve, but they should evolve in a particular way, matching with the company’s current and future operating strategy and needs.Specifically, writing position descriptions and looking at the board as a whole and as a team. What waters to navigate. Is especially ‘interesting’ when there is no SA in place! Section 131 involves the disclosure of interest in contracts, property, offices and others. Creating dividendDividendA dividend is a share of profits and retained earnings that a company pays out to its shareholders. The first Board consisted of 12 Executive Directors, as provided under the IBRD Articles of Agreement, Article V Section 4(b), of which five were appointed and seven were elected. The general rule in the NFP Act is that directors are elected by a majority of the votes cast at an annual meeting of the members, for a term that cannot exceed four years (see Directors terms and vacancies on the board of directors; you can also refer to subsection 128(3) of the NFP Act and subsection 28(1) of the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Regulations (NFP Regulations)). But you owe it to your company to do that for it. no i don’t. I agree with all of your points. The founder should control the board in a company he or she controls and independent directors should control a board where the founder does not control the company. i think good companies are more common than good boards. In fact, I would argue that an investor controlled Board is the worst possible situation. I am especially interested in your thoughts about this practice of giving equity in return for deferred legal fees. And it’s hard to hold friends accountable without straining the relationship. A VC that doesn’t have a board seat? A director is a member of the board of directors but not everyone on the board needs to be a director. At the start it can simply be a one person board consisting of the founder. 25 of them get elected each year by a mailed ballot for a three-year term. cash is expected for public company directors and is often based on number of meetings per year and number of committees served onfor private companies, compensation is in stocki generally try for $30k to $50k per year, so $120k to $200k for a four year vest, all in stock, GREAT – at what stage would you start these “hires”While building Product or Usage?Maybe at Building Product – one outside directorand one additional at each of the next stages, building usage. independent means independent. The board of directors is those elected people in the organization whose responsibility is to take the strategic decision for running the organization whether it’s for the profitable cause or Nonprofit organization. Can you comment on Board Observers too? Thanks! Can you reboot a board if no one on the board realizes they’re the problem (and everyone in senior management does), or is that a hopeless situation? Another post in a future series that would help is choosing a law firm for a startup. Building a management team…selecting a board.Two of the most important aspects of building a great company and it’s all about people. Thanks Fred for the insights. AVC has the best commenters on the blogosphere. The way investors negotiate for a board seat is usually via something called a Shareholders Agreement. In practice, however, it’s less than perfect.More in my series on boards:http://www.xconomy.com/bost…. By last fall, Twitter had the opportunity to create a board with two founders, a CEO, three independent directors, and one investor director. These are not ideal situations but they involve companies I invested in while I was with my prior venture capital firm and I have a responsibility to my partners and the founders to see these situations through. So once the product is made to near perfection i feel like starting the next one… but alas i have the lock-in period to stay … where really don’t contribute much and get bored and sucked. The number of board members usually ranges between five and twelve. My experience (limited to VC’s and start-up’s in the Energy sector so take with a grain of salt) is that observers are typically requested by non-traditional investors (large corporations for instance) that want certain internal groups or skill sets represented but don’t have enough control to force the appointment of additional members i.e., the investor’s board member is a guy/gal with an engineering background but a finance perspective is needed as well.Observers rarely sit docile and “observe” during meetings and can often derail otherwise productive discussions. He’s local engaged and super helpful. Right now I am the only Board Member, simply because I have a “small company”. Boards are hard work and be responsible and honor your obligation! Different corporations choose to use different processes for these elections and there are no official rules by which this election must take place. If a company is held privately, the directors are chosen or elected according to the company’s particular bylaws. See: The reach of the UK Corporate Governance Code, … I meet and discuss my company with friends and other business professionals that I trust. Should the profile be specific, or more general?I think about recruiting for jobs — you also need to create a profile, but if it is more general, then you can recognize those gems who may not be a specific match, but turn out to be priceless in the role. Remember waiting for that long awaited mail and asking the postman?Remember to go and grab the Printed journals at the library before your classmates/senior scholar?Yes. That is typical of a venture backed company. Remember fighting to grab the paper in the morning with your bro and sis? It is the rare investor who takes a broader and more holistic view of the company. According to the press release seen by Nairametrics, the Board of Directors elected Segun Agbaje as an independent member of the Board. The board is also tasked with a number of other responsibilities, including the following: 1. Elections are held annually, and elected board members may not serve more than three consecutive terms in the same position.… In summary, the shareholders elect the Board. Three year and four year terms are most common. Meet Your Elected Leadership AANP is governed by a board of directors comprised of volunteer NP members—four officers and 11 regional directors elected by AANP members. there is a correlation but it is not a perfect one. i suppose the shareholders could agree to terminate it before an offering but i’ve never seen that. )Also a Hickock tube tester and a Blaupunk shortwave radio both circa the 40’s or 50’s.From what I can tell the tube tester is actually somewhat valuable for audiophiles for some reason and in demand. Hopefully both.One of the biggest challenges you’ll find with people that have had great success in only one area is the “because I have a hammer every problem is a nail” syndrome.They aren’t going to have a ton of time to come up to speed in your area so they should have had some experience generally in what you’re doing. Feel free to reach out (rand at seomoz). I remember the Milwaukee Ballet, I had been hired the week before the board meeting and to say that I was “nervous” that first meeting would be an understatement; there were some really prominent members of the community on that board. A corporation must have a board of directors. Is that a numerical constant of some sort? friends are a bad ideamentors, former bosses, etc are way better. 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