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Return of the IPO

Mark Lonergan, August 22nd, 2018

The recent return of the Silicon Valley tech IPO shows up in our August 2018 publication of the Lonergan SV150 rankings. Overall, 50 US tech companies companies launched an IPO from Q1 2017 to Q2 2018, with 10 of these companies landing a spot on the Lonergan SV150. These include two companies with over $1

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Your Best Friends and your Worst Enemies…

Mark Lonergan, July 3rd, 2018

One of the most surprising truths I have found in my work as an executive recruiter is that your best friends and your worst enemies (well, most of us don’t have enemies, but we do have detractors) identify the exact same list of our strengths and weaknesses.

Candidates perseverate over who to select as their professional references.

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ISS Got this One Right

Mark Lonergan, February 15th, 2017

Like a lot of people here in Silicon Valley, I am not a big fan of ISS—the company that oversees the scoring of publicly-traded companies for major institutional investors.

However, ISS issued guidelines around board tenure last year that strike me as absolutely correct. They insist that a 10-year limit should be placed on sitting

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Get Your Head In the Cloud

Mark Lonergan, July 23rd, 2015

I’ve led dozens of searches for Vice Presidents of Engineering over the last 20 years. The titles run the gamut from CTO to VP Engineering, from VP R&D to CPO (Chief Product Officer). Regardless of title, the role has always been to develop products and IP that is unique to the client company—products that can be sold or licensed in the