Tom was my friend. Many others have commented on his impact on the Seattle ecosystem – as a lawyer, a VC, and a valued board member. Behind this was his passion for the Pacific Northwest and his vision of how to make it better.
I’m not sure that Tom fully understood the broad impact that he had on the direction … Read more >
Carve outs for management is a tool that is often overlooked by boards in angel-backed companies. It is a tool that can be a critical in making an acquisition occur, but is difficult to get right. First of all, both management and the board are often too close and emotionally involved to make a clear decision.
One of the questions I am asked by first-time startup CEOs: what is an appropriate level of communication with my investors?
This is both a difficult and profound question. It is simple to say that more is better than less. It is also simple to say that any good investor would rather have you spend your time executing your plan … Read more >
A number of years, I joined the board of the Humane Society for Seattle and King County (www.seattlehumane.org), a local non-profit that runs an animal shelter, adoption facility, and does veterinary services for the animals in our care. For those that believe in animal welfare as I do, you will easily understand how an organization of this type … Read more >
Startup companies need good boards. But they often don’t have them.
There are many reasons. First, there really aren’t that many experienced people willing to serve on a startup company boards. And those that are experienced, skilled, and bring a lot of value, generally want to be compensated, which startups can’t really afford.