Over the last few years a dozen different entrepreneurs have asked me if they should put together a formal board for their startup. My response is that they don’t need a formal board but it’s still good to go through the exercise of putting together a board deck on a quarterly basis. Much like regular investor updates, a board deck is even more comprehensive in summarizing key information and metrics.
Here’s what a board deck might contain for entrepreneurs without board meetings:
- KPIs – Summary of all the key metrics year to date and for the quarter as well as percent of goal
- Department Updates – Main accomplishments for sales, marketing, services, support, operations, and engineering
- Strategic Initiatives – Outline the big undertakings for the quarter including any challenges or potential roadblocks
- Financials – Semi-detailed financial metrics for the most important parts of the business
- Challenges – Where does the company need the most help
Like a simplified one page strategic plan but much more detailed, a board deck for entrepreneurs without a board is a good way to organize thoughts, prepare a quarterly review, and outline new initiatives.
What else? What are some more thoughts on board decks even without a board?