Control Is A One Way Street

Control is a one way street that runs towards investors. Control doesn’t run backwards toward founders or common stockholders. In each round of financing, the percentage of investor board seats goes up (or stays the same). Once the investors have more board seats than the common, you’ve lost control of the board and you’re never getting it back. Your best bet is to be stingy with board seats and hope you never have to raise a round without good leverage.


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Babak Nivi

Babak Nivi is a co-founder of AngelList and Venture Hacks. Previously, he was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Bessemer Venture Partners and Atlas Venture. He has worked on startups including Songbird, Grockit, and Kovio. He went to school at MIT where received 2 patents and published in Science.

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