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E13: A Startup CEO's Guide to Board Meetings, with Dave Kellogg

 
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CJ Gustafson
Run the Numbers is a 2x weekly podcast about financial metrics and business models, designed for ambitious people operating tech startups. It's a collection of things CJ (writer of Mostly metrics) has learned and thought about in the trenches as a tech CFO.
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Board meetings are hard to get right as a CFO—that's why we brought on Dave Kellogg, who's sat on both sides of the table, to give you the ultimate run-down of how to execute a great board meeting. If you’re looking for an ERP platform, check out our sponsor, NetSuite: https://netsuite.com/metrics

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TIMESTAMPS:

(00:00) Intro

(00:50) SEGMENT: CJ's opening “Off the Books” monologue - Mailbag

(4:21) Start of interview

(05:10) On how to prepare for a board presentation

(08:00) What the start of a board meeting and structure should look like

(14:15) What numbers and metrics to have in your board presentation

(16:40) Sponsor: NetSuite + Tropic

(20:26]) Dave's template for a VP session

(24:15) Closed-door sessions: what is this and what goes on here?

(27:19) Board members vs. board observers

(30:17) On board dynamics

(31:06) When to send out your board deck

(33:40) Sponsor: Planful

(34:50) Why you should have no surprises during a board meeting

(36:04) The role of an independent board member

(50:09) Missteps people make when presenting an operating plan