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10 Tips for an Effective Board Meeting

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Board meetings are a great opportunity to get input and advice from investors, but if each meeting doesn’t have a consistent format that presents the relevant data, they won’t do much good,” says Yusuf Khan, partner at Ridge Ventures.

In the TC+ post, he shares several tips for running more effective board meetings, including one suggestion many founders overlook: pay attention to your top members.

“Many employees who do not have the opportunity to communicate regularly with the board of directors find that direct personal recognition of an important achievement is a huge step forward in their career,” writes Khan.

“Invite the person who is best equipped to tell the success story and make room for them on the agenda.”

Black Founders See Funding Cuts Amid Economic Downturn

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As deal volume continues to dwindle, underrepresented founders are suffering disproportionately.

In the second quarter of 2022, Crunchbase reports that VCs sent $324 million to black startups, up from $1.2 billion in the first quarter, “a significant downfall of the $866 million the founder cohort raised in the second quarter of last year.” Dominic-Madori Davis reports.

“It’s no surprise that when a venture capitalist tightens their belt, we are the first to be pinched,” said Marceau Michele, founder of Black Founders Matter and 25 by 25 Pledge.

Recycling startup founders say pandemic has changed the investment game

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Have supply chain disruptions due to the pandemic made a difference for cleantech companies?

Last week at TC Sessions: Climate 2022 at Berkeley, the three founders of recycling startups spoke with Tim De Chant about the factors generating interest from new investors after several years of poor harvests.

  • Megan O’Connor, co-founder and CEO of Nth Cycle
  • Matanya Horowitz, founder and CEO of AMP Robotics
  • Miranda Wang, co-founder and CEO of Novoloop

UK companies need to confirm their HMRC business plans ahead of slow, hot summer

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In the UK, HM Revenue & Customs runs several venture capital programs that support investment in early stage startups.

Some companies can apply for up to £150,000 under the corporate investment and seed investment schemes (SEIS and EIS), but applying is “no easy task,” writes Anthony Rose, co-founder and CEO of SeedLegals.

To help entrepreneurs prepare for the rigorous application process, he shares a few tips to help “HMRC validate your business plan” by showing the tax authority that you have a “strategy for success.”

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