Let’s Fix Startup Board Meetings: 5 Sections To Flow

Dan Martell
2 min readMar 26, 2018

Few things can shatter a founder’s confidence quicker than a poorly managed board meeting.

At best…

… you’ll get glossed over stares and “checked out” investors who secretly hate you for wasting their time.

At worst…

… you’ll accidentally knock over the first domino in getting kicked out of your own company.

Pay special attention to Step #4 in this week’s video to make sure that never happens.

After dozens of successful board meetings for my own software companies, as well as helping hundreds of SaaS Academy clients run their own…

… I’ve distilled it down to 5 key steps that impress even the most impatient and demanding board members, while getting you the support and buy-in you need to continue growing your company.

I break down the 5 steps in this week’s video.

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At a high level, here’s the flow you should be using to run effective and highly productive board meetings:

  1. Big Picture
  2. Calibrate
  3. Company Building
  4. Working Sessions
  5. Close the Session

If you implement this flow while asserting yourself as a LEADER, I can guarantee you that you’ll never have another sweaty palmed or unproductive board meeting again.

Better yet, you’ll be able to put your investors to work instead of feeling like you’re constantly trying to impress them.

At the end of the day, your investors will thank you for it — and be excited to help you keep growing.

Give it a watch here and then drop a comment letting the community know what tips or tricks have proven successful in your own board meetings.

Dan Martell has advised more startups than his hometown has people and teaches startup founders like you how to scale. (Get the free 3 videos to grow your business here.) He previously created, raised venture funding for and successfully exited two tech startups: Flowtown and Clarity.fm. You should follow him on twitter@danmartell for tweets that are actually awesome.



Dan Martell

I coach ambitious software founders | Award-winning angel investor / 5x founder with 3x exits | Speaker | Proud Father.