The Playbook for High-Performing Boards with Michelle Zatlyn, Shawn Abbott, and Mahendra Ramsinghani


Feb 28 2022 • 1 hr 1 min

On this episode of the Traction podcast, host Lloyed Lobo of Boast.AI welcomes Michelle Zatlyn, Co-Founder & COO at Cloudflare, Shawn Abbott, Partner at Inovia Capital, and Mahendra Ramsinghani, Founder at Secure Octane & Author at Startup Boards. Together, they give us a masterclass on building high-performing boards and productive relationships.

Topics covered include:

12:22 - What do investors expect from founders when it comes to their board?

23:52 - Why momentum is the source of all authority you have as a founder

32:49 - Working through imposter syndrome

42:44 - Resolving conflict between board members

50:16 - At what point do you decide to start a board, and how do you pick the right people?

1:00:02 - The most entertaining board member experiences

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