Tren Griffin @trengriffin I work for Microsoft. Previously I was a partner at Eagle River, a private equity firm established by Craig McCaw. I am on the board of directors of Kymeta. Feb. 14, 2020 1 min read

1/ One skill that must be mostly learned by mentorship is being a valuable member of a board of directors. A great recent post on that was written my Mike Volpi here:  https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/12/effective-board-members-create-value-for-startups/  "...the healthiest relationship between a director and the CEO is one that is peer-like."

2/ My blog post on how to be valuable member of a board of directors is: https://25iq.com/2018/06/16/bad-or-good-board-of-directors-you-wont-believe-what-happened-next/  To slightly twist a famous phrase: “You can learn a lot about becoming an effective and valuable board member, just by watching.” But how do you get a chance to watch? Chicken and egg!

3/ The best way to get chances to observe a board in action and learn the needed skills is to hustle in the way Bill Gurley describes in his talk at the University of Texas.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmYekD6-PZ8  Hustle, preparation and the right kind of networking generates the opportunities.


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