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What Does “Great” Look Like in a CFO?

A great CFO will spend time learning and steeping themselves in the substance of the business.

November 24, 2021 Read More

When is it Time to Hire Your First Chief Financial Officer

Depending on the complexity of your business you might be able to hold off on hiring a full-time CFO, but if you have any of these signs then it’s time to start thinking about bringing someone on board

November 9, 2021 For CEOs, For CXOs Read More

New Series: When and How to Hire Each CXO

This series is intended for any C-level executive or board member involved with startups.

November 2, 2021 For CEOs, For CXOs Read More

How to Engage with Your CFO

As a CEO I learned that the best way to help people grow and develop, and to further develop a better understanding of each other, is to engage with them in a mix of work and non-work settings.

October 19, 2021 For CEOs, For Investors Read More

Why the Startup Sales Function Starts With “Whiteboards”

In most startups, one of the founders is the first salesperson — often out of necessity as much as passion. But as startups scale they add sales reps or maybe some form of a Sales Manager once there are more than a couple of reps.

September 7, 2021 For CXOs Read More

How Busting Your Bias on Resumes Can Maximize Diversity

The usual approach for finding candidates is to search for people who have some things in common with us, or have some experience that resonates with us, and that we can more easily put in a box

September 1, 2021 For CEOs, For Investors Read More

On-demand Executive Talent Market Trends

Bolster has successfully matched over 100 executives to open roles

August 24, 2021 For CEOs, For CXOs Read More

The Three Roles of a CXO

In the world of startups the term “CXO” refers to all the people who are head of their functional area and members of the executive team, whether that’s finance, sales, marketing, HR, or any other function.

August 19, 2021 For CXOs Read More

5 Crucial End-of-Year Projects (And How to Outsource Them)

We’ve identified five of the most common end-of-year projects, and how to outsource them so you can keep things moving internally as fast as possible.

August 17, 2021 For CEOs Read More

How to Scale Yourself as a CXO

You’re not the first person to be promoted to an executive role for the first time (and of course you’re not the last, either). Every single executive, at any company, had their first executive role at some point.

August 12, 2021 For CXOs Read More

Date before you get Engaged: How to Jumpstart New Execs as On-Demand Workers

Hiring on-demand executives can help ensure that there’s a good fit between the candidate and the company. Want to save time and money in the interviewing and onboarding stages, and ensure high performance post-onboarding?

August 10, 2021 For CEOs, For Investors Read More

4 Can't-Miss Panels to Support Summer Business Planning

Register today for 4 panels designed to give you unprecedented access to experienced CEOs, leading investors and critical data you need to inform your next big business and board decisions. Links below to register!

10 Scenarios Where On-Demand Executives Work Best

Since launching Bolster’s marketplace officially in April, we’re starting to learn a lot about how CEOs and company leaders think about building out their executive teams.

August 3, 2021 For CEOs, For Investors Read More

Our Ebook: How to Succeed in Your First Board Role

Over the past several months, we’ve published a series of posts designed to help CEOs better understand how to build, diversify, and scale their boards of directors.

July 29, 2021 For CXOs Read More

Our Ebook: How to Build Your Board

Over the past several months, we’ve published a series of posts designed to help CEOs better understand how to build, diversify, and scale their boards of directors.

How to know if you're doing a good job as a Board Member

On many boards there isn’t a formal review process for board members.

How to Evaluate Your Board

A lot of CEOs think it’s pointless to give board members any feedback, but failure to do so is just as big a miss as failure to give your staff feedback or failing to ask your staff for feedback.

July 20, 2021 For CXOs Read More

Interviewing for an On-Demand Role

How interviewing is like auditioning for a play

July 15, 2021 For CXOs Read More

Giving Difficult Feedback and Making Your Voice Heard

Two common communication challenges that board members face, particularly first-time board members, are making sure their voice is heard and giving difficult feedback

July 13, 2021 For CXOs Read More

The Anatomy of a Great Profile

How can Bolster members make sure their profile is the best it can be?

How to Build a Bench or Advisory Board

Advisory Boards can be great sources of help for entrepreneurs. They can also be great things to participate in for people who want to understand and become involved in startups

Webinar Recap: Your Company’s DEI Journey -- Let’s Make a Plan!

Insights from four DEI experts on how to craft a DEI(B) plan at your company.

When Things Aren’t Black and White: How to Deal With Murky Areas

if you’re on any given board for any length of time, you’ll feel compelled to give difficult feedback either to the CEO, senior management, or the other directors.

June 29, 2021 For CXOs Read More

How to Compensate Independent Directors

There are several elements of a compensation package you need to know about for an independent board member

June 24, 2021 For CEOs Read More

Ascend Panel Recap: How To Be An On-Demand Executive -- Stories From Real Bolster Members

Bolster’s partner, Ascend, hosted a panel discussion about the path to on-demand executive work.

Luminary: Finding your Seat in the Board Room

Listen to Bolster CEO Matt Blumberg and Bolster board member Cristina Miller talking with Luminary CEO Cate Luzio.

June 10, 2021 For CXOs Read More

The Important Role Independent Directors Play on Impacting Private Company Board Diversity

Here is a presentation from a webinar I did today on Key Strategies for Increasing Board Diversity.

How to Onboard Directors, Especially First-time Directors

I’ve often said that the hiring process doesn’t end on the employee’s first day. The same goes for new board members -- you have to take their onboarding as seriously as you take their hiring process.

June 8, 2021 For CEOs Read More

Recap: ICYMI - Watch the Panel: Flipping the Script on Private Board Diversity

Last week, we released results from our Board Benchmarking Study, which uncovered that only 1 in 3 companies has an independent director on their board.

How to be a Great Board Member

A board role differs from other roles in business and no matter how accomplished you are in your professional career, being a “great” board member is not just a continuation of what worked for you before.

June 1, 2021 For CXOs Read More

How to Manage On-Demand Talent in Your Business, Part 2

At Bolster, we’re flipping the script with how CEOs build and augment their executive teams with on-demand CXOs.

May 27, 2021 For CEOs, For CXOs Read More

How to Think About Corporate Governance as a Board Member

I’ve always believed that there is a sliding scale of Board member duties that changes dramatically as companies grow in size.

May 25, 2021 For CXOs Read More

How to get the most out of working with a CEO Mentor or CEO Coach

Once you’ve selected a Mentor or Coach, here are some tips to get the most out of your engagement.

How to Prepare for Your First Board Role

Here is a presentation from a webinar I did today with our partners at Ellevate and Women in the Boardroom that ties a lot of the material together across all the posts.

May 19, 2021 For CXOs Read More

Preparing for your first board meeting

Depending on your situation, your first board meeting might actually be your second board meeting. I strongly encouraged CEOs to be just as thorough in interviewing and onboarding a new board member as they would an executive hire

May 18, 2021 For CXOs Read More

Startup CXO: The Sequel to Startup CEO

My colleagues and I started envisioning a new book as a sequel or companion to Startup CEO that is going to be published on June 9th.

May 14, 2021 News Read More

How to Recruit and Interview Directors

Recruiting and interviewing candidates to join your board as an independent director is time consuming and there really aren’t any shortcuts or workarounds.

May 11, 2021 For CEOs Read More

How to Manage On-Demand Talent in Your Business, Part 1

We believe that the business world is migrating toward an on-demand workforce across all levels of an organization.

May 6, 2021 For CEOs, For CXOs Read More

What You Need to Know About Board Compensation

Independent directors in privately held early-stage companies are compensated for their board contributions, just like they are in publicly traded companies, although the numbers and currencies are not the same.

May 4, 2021 For CXOs Read More

My new Startup Board Mantra: 1-1-1

Of all the board searches we are running at Bolster, about ⅔ of them are open to taking on first-time directors; and almost all are committed to increasing diversity on their boards.

April 27, 2021 For CEOs Read More

A Declaration of Independents: The Important Role Independent Directors Play on Diversifying & Strengthening Private Company Boards

Today we’re excited to announce preliminary results from Bolster’s Board Benchmarking survey, our analysis of 250 private company boards.

April 22, 2021 News Read More

What to Look for in a Director

Startup Boards for CEOs Series: Post 5 of 9. You’d never hire a senior executive without putting together some kind of job spec or requirements document to guide the process, to get you from point A to point B. Hiring an independent board member is no different.

April 14, 2021 For CEOs, For Investors Read More

How to Select a CEO Mentor or CEO Coach

In a previous post, I shared the difference between CEO Mentors and CEO Coaches. I’ll share with you here how to select the Mentors and Coaches who are right for you.

How to Pitch Yourself in 15 Seconds - And Get the Job!

How would you describe your professional value proposition? What about doing it in 15 seconds? Learn best practices from our event with Laura Allen.

March 25, 2021 For CEOs, For CXOs Read More

The Difference Between a CEO Coach and a CEO Mentor and Why Every CEO Needs Both

Harry Potter was lucky. He had, in Albus Dumbledore, the ultimate wise elder, in his corner. Someone who could teach him how to be a better human being (er, wizard), how to be more proficient with his wand and spells, how to think strategically and defeat the bad guys.

Interviewing for a Board Role

Startup Boards for CXOs Series: Post 4 of 12. By the time you get to the interview stage for a board role, you’ve already been vetted to some degree. Like other high-profile jobs you should take the interview for a board role seriously, and you should be as prepared as possible.

March 12, 2021 For CXOs Read More

Diversity in the Boardroom & the Importance of Appointing First-Time Directors

Startup Boards for CEOs Series: Post 4 of 9. Some people, when looking back at 2020, will remark what a difficult, turbulent year it was. I’m hopeful that founding teams and startups will look at 2020 and say, “that’s the year we drew a line in the sand and started diversifying our board. It was the best decision we ever made.”

Should You Serve on an Advisory Board?

Startup Boards for CXOs Series: Post 3 of 12. I’m often asked by accomplished executives how to get on a board and I always tell them that one of the best ways to build your “board readiness” skills is to get in the game. An advisory board role is an excellent way to do that.

February 26, 2021 For CXOs Read More

Board Evolution and Turnover

Startup Boards for CEOs Series: Post 3 of 9. Now that you’re committed to getting the size and composition of your board right as the foundation to develop your board as a strategic asset, you need to think next about board dynamics. This is particularly important as your company grows.

February 23, 2021 For CEOs, For Investors Read More

Lessons Learned from Joining Bolster as Fractional Employees

As an on-demand marketplace, we spend a lot of time at Bolster thinking about how CEOs can leverage interim, fractional, and project-based work to augment their teams and achieve scale faster. It's also the model we follow internally.

How Bolster is Helping CEOs Diversify Their Teams

At Bolster, we believe that diverse and inclusive teams and boards are more innovative, drive better business outcomes, and are stronger than homogenous teams. We aren’t the only ones that think that way.

Use Cases to Bolster Your Team: How to Leverage On-Demand Talent in Your Business

At Bolster, we believe that 2021 will mark the rise of the on-demand economy for executives. More than ever before, executives are seeking out roles that distinctly aren’t full-time for a variety of reasons...

How to Prepare Yourself to Get on Your First Board

Startup Boards for CXOs Series: Post 2 of 12. Short of someone calling you up and asking if you’d like to be on their board, or asking you during a networking event, you might be wondering, “Well, how do I get on a board?”

January 28, 2021 For CXOs Read More

Size and Composition of Boards

Startup Boards for CEOs Series: Post 2 of 9. How large should your board be? That’s a pretty critical question every CEO contemplates at one time or another.

January 25, 2021 For CEOs, For Investors Read More

The Opportunity for On-Demand Talent

As we kick off a new year of planning, resource allocation, and headcount discussions, consider this new tactic to add to your 2021 CEO toolkit: On-demand executive talent.

What Startup Corporate Boards Look Like

Startup Boards for CXOs Series: Post 1 of 12. Unless you’ve been a startup executive with regular interactions with a board and regular attendance at board meetings, you’re unlikely to know what a startup board looks like, how it functions, and what you can do to make a big impact.

January 11, 2021 For CXOs Read More

The Purpose of a Board

Startup Boards for CEOs Series: Post 1 of 9. Any series of blog posts about boards should start with the basics. Why have a board in the first place? What do they do? How big should they be? Do you really even need one?

January 6, 2021 For CEOs, For Investors Read More

Fractional CXOs (Executives): What They Are and What They Do

You may be wondering, what exactly is a fractional executive? A fractional executive is an up-and-coming type of executive gig role.

Introducing the Bolster Board Benchmarking Survey

Our Board Benchmarking survey will shed light on the independence, diversity, and compensation of private company boards that’s never been available on a broad basis before.

December 8, 2020 For CEOs, For Investors Read More

The New Way to Scale a Board of Directors

Learn more about how to most effectively scale your board to support your company’s success

November 30, 2020 For CEOs Read More

How On-Demand Executives help existing leaders

On-Demand Executives help CEOs and existing leaders, allowing you to scale from within your employee base instead of hiring externally, increasing your chance of success with the role.

November 10, 2020 For CEOs Read More

Our First Member Service - Health Insurance

You asked, we listened! Bolster creates partnership to offer health, dental, vision and life insurance.

October 26, 2020 For CXOs Read More

Bolster Delivers Fractional and Interim Execs

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, it was clear that there was a better way to connect high-end, experienced and vetted senior talent to startups. Kevin Lee with eMarketing Association sits down with Matt Blumberg to discuss the opportunity and learn more about Bolster.

Zoomsites

Moving offsites to Zoomsites. I’ve attended two remote conferences recently. Both hold interesting lessons for how these kinds of events can work well.

Executive Talent Marketplace Bolster Launches With a New Way to Scale Executive Teams and Boards

Executive Talent Marketplace Bolster Launches With a New Way to Scale Executive Teams and Boards

Welcome to Bolster, the on-demand executive talent marketplace. We are creating a platform that is the new way to scale an executive team.

September 9, 2020 News Read More

What Kind of Gig Economy Executive Are You?

The major societal trend to “gig” has reached the C-Suite. Bolster was started to help organize a talent marketplace out of what is mostly an informal economy today.

August 3, 2020 For CXOs Read More

The Gig Economy Executive

The gig economy is a labor market where short-term, or freelance, roles are more prevalent than permanent positions.

The New Way to Scale an Executive Team

Bolster was started to create a new way for startup and scaleup CEOs to think about growing their leadership teams. Why do CEOs need help with this?

May 11, 2020 For CEOs Read More

Our Founding Manifesto

Our Founding Manifesto

Welcome to Bolster, the on-demand executive talent marketplace. We are creating a platform that is the new way to scale an executive team and board.