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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.”

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...

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.

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

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.

The Gig Economy Executive

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

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.