Opinion

Lucy P. Marcus

In the Boardroom with early-stage companies

By Lucy P. Marcus
May 16, 2012

In this edition of “In the Boardroom with Lucy Marcus,” Lucy Marcus and Axel Threlfall are joined by the CEO of technology startup PeerIndex, Azeem Azhar, to talk about what the boards of early-stage companies should look like and do.

Early-stage companies anywhere in the world need to think about integrating good board principles from the start. If an entrepreneur plans to expand the business into a strong entity with real longevity, then it is more important than ever to get the foundations of that business right and build best practices into the very DNA of the company. One crucial area that will pay real dividends is ensuring that the company has a strong, committed, well-functioning board.

Even at an early stage, the discipline that comes with following the skeleton of corporate governance – having regular board meetings, putting together the documents for board meetings, having people around the table who ask challenging questions about both “grounding” and “stargazing” issues, and having independent, non-invested, non-aligned directors involved – sets important precedents for the future of fast-growth companies and helps build strong organizations for the long term. Boards composed of truly active, engaged and interested directors bring benefits, no matter the size of the organization.

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