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    1. 8 Steps to Building a Strong Board of Directors

      8 Steps to Building a Strong Board of Directors

      With nearly 30 years of experience in both operations and investing, I may have developed a few gray hairs, but I’ve also learned a thing or two about what an effective, well-run board looks like. I’ve gleaned most of this hard-earned knowledge from witnessing what not to do — too many boards are poorly organized, with investor syndication woes and an imbalanced composition of members...

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    2. Company Leaders: Start Thinking Like Activist Investors

      Company Leaders: Start Thinking Like Activist Investors

      Activist investors sometimes purchase large numbers of a company’s shares and try to obtain seats on its board in order to effect a major change within a company. The majority of these activists take a “go big or go home” approach. They invest a lot of time and money, effectively taking a financial gamble that their recommendation has merits and will yield returns ...

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    3. How to hire and keep good women technologists

      How to hire and keep good women technologists

      I recently posted about Dropbox’s hiring practices and how they put women at a disadvantage. But Dropbox is by no means a worst offender. This is an industry-wide issue. The problem is a hidden bias that tech executives are generally unaware of. They honestly believe they are a meritocracy but don’t understand how their words and actions can discourage others who are not like them. The excuse that tech companies make for their lack of gender diversity is that the pipeline of women studying engineering is shrinking.

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