Great advice on preparing for and managing board meetings

Today I sent this to all the CEOs in my investee companies (where I invested as an angel or as Episode 1, plus to the soon to be Episode 1 investee companies):
At Episode 1, we read several blogs avidly. Mark Suster‘s is one of those and he has recently started a sequence of posts on board meetings – the first one of two so far is Why You’re Not Getting the Most out of Your Board.
I highly recommend reading these (in fact, subscribe to his blog – it’s great)
I agree with everything in this first post except the idea of calling all board members in advance for a 1:1 call – that seems less efficient to me than doing the update info at the meeting. Instead, when sending out the board pack (at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting), you should ask specifically for the directors to email you any other questions they might want raised in the meeting. Depending on the reply, you might chose one or two board members to call 1:1 before the meeting.
I agree with everything in his second post on boards too: how to control your board discussion and avoid chaos. Some very good suggestions in there I have not used before.



Our newsletter is only for the people that want to be seen. If you want to get all the latest tips, tricks, news and updates from Episode 1 then this is the newsletter to be subscribed to. See you in your inbox.


0 / 1100 characters

Are you raising £2million or less?


Sorry we only invest in this stage, so please do not send us a deck if you do not meet this requirement.

Are you UK based business?


Sorry we only invest in UK business, please do not send us a deck if this does not apply.

Are you software focused?


We only invest in software driven startups, please do not send us a deck if this is not you.

Upload your deck

By submitting this form you agree to us storing your information and contacting you at a later date.


Contact us

Our address

4th floor, 112-116 New Oxford St, London WC1A 1HH