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Does Your Founder Need a Dance Partner?

Mark Lonergan, July 15th, 2022

Recently, venture-backed Logistics company Flexport announced that it had recruited Dave Clark of Amazon to join Flexport as that company’s CEO. That’s not news. Lots of young companies are considering new CEOs in this wonky economy.

What made this special was how it happened: the Founder/CEO Ryan Petersen initiated the CEO change,

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Announcing the 2022 Lonergan SV150

A look back at 2021 in Silicon Valley

Mark Lonergan, April 12th, 2022

Lonergan Partners is pleased to bring you the timeliest ever Lonergan SV 150 – our annual ranking of the top public tech companies headquartered within fifty miles of the old HP Garage - to paint you a picture of 2021 tech sector results.

Get the Company Rankings on a PDF suitable for printing, or for detailed metrics on each company,

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The Best Surprise in Hiring

...Is No Surprise

Mark Lonergan, February 15th, 2022

According to Harvard's Professor Michael Watkins, candidates recruited to executive positions last on average less than four years. Forbes recently reported that companies are bleeding corporate leadership talent at an unprecedented rate. And when leaders leave, it is rare to find they had the wrong skills or qualifications; usually they

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Supercharging Your Unicorn Board

How Unicorns Are Building High Impact Boards of Directors

Mark Lonergan, December 14th, 2021

The boards of privately-held tech companies are increasingly important agents of change– the right directors at the right time can help the founders create monumental value. But I see signs that this untapped potential is becoming better recognized and developed.

For example, Washington based decacorn Tanium recently added several

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Board Directors Find Founder-CEOs a Challenge

Results of a Lonergan Partners/SVDX Survey

Mark Lonergan, September 23rd, 2021

In preparation for the September 23 Silicon Valley Directors Exchange panel on “Board Governance in Founder-Led Public Companies,” my firm conducted a survey of current and recent board directors to assess their beliefs about Founder-CEOs. Over 75% of the respondents reported having served on a public board with a Founder-CEO, giving them