Your start-up’s capitalization table (who owns what amount of different types of stock) is an important reporting tool for company execs, the board and investors. Having a clean, easy-to-maintain cap table makes reporting to all audiences much easier. This quick post covers start-up cap table creation, maintenance and reporting using a Google Docs spreadsheet and [...]
In the previous post, we covered the basics of annual planning, the components of an annual plan and started to dig into the analysis of an example annual plan with a 12-month look back into a fictional company’s operating history. In this post, we’ll continue to analyze the plan and answer a key question during [...]
When you have an executive team, investors and a board of directors, it’s critically important that everyone be on the same page regarding the company’s current and go-forward operating metrics: how much money will be spent and on what? over what period of time? how many employees will be hired and into what positions? how much revenue will be generated and by what means? how much cash exists and when does cash run out?
This post will cover a presentation outline and discussion for what I believe is a solid starting point for best practices in a typical, periodic board presentation by a start-up CEO. These days, early stage companies tend to have monthly or every-other-month meetings; more mature companies rarely go longer than a single quarter without a formal board meeting. Because the goal of a the board book and the board meeting is to clearly communicate the state of the business to board members, over the course of 2-3 hours, such that board members are equipped to perform their duties.
For start-ups, this is the early part of the “next quarter” that means board meeting time. I’ve finally got around to writing Part One of the more detailed version of the Board Presentation discussion. The original post is here. And while much of this discussion will apply to the board of directors for just about [...]