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March 2, 2017, Alex Zakupowsky
The IPO is not the end of the road for a company, but rather the beginning. To prepare for life after the IPO, you need to start creating your future public board of directors at least a year beforehand. Ideally, this means a board with six independent board members and one or two inside directors (usually the Founder(s) and/or the CEO). Here is how to think about roles to be added for your newly... Read more »
February 15, 2017, Mark Lonergan
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 public company board directors in order to meet their standards of... Read more »
February 15, 2017, Alex Zakupowsky
Across the technology company spectrum the CFO market is the hottest it has been in a decade. Startups are hiring CFOs earlier, before substantial revenue, and established public companies are quicker to conclude the wrong person is driving the finance organization and make a change. Companies are taking a much more data driven approach to managing their business, and having a financial master... Read more »
October 27, 2016, Michael Cunningham
Lonergan Partners is proud to release the 2016 edition of “Who Run’s Silicon Valley” focusing on the topic of CEO power in the Silicon Valley 150 (SV150). In this report we examine the ways in which CEOs have influence both inside and outside of their organizations. Founder CEOs like Zuckerberg and Musk, and even multi-time CEO non-founders like Reed Hastings from Netflix, may wield... Read more »
July 27, 2016, Alex Zakupowsky
Since our 2015 report, Who Runs Silicon Valley: Board  of Directors edition, Lonergan Partners has been thinking about the changing dynamic of Board seats in Silicon Valley. We’ve had the opportunity to work with many Boards on their composition and we recognize what elevates the superlative Board from the rest of the field. Here are five questions I’d urge someone to ask before serving on a... Read more »

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