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Stifling Debate at Board Meetings Can Destroy Value at Your Portfolio Company

January 2019 - Crain's Cleveland Business
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In order to achieve high-performing results, portfolio companies of venture capital and private equity firms need well-functioning boards that afford room for individuality, debate and discussion. Theranos, the now largely discredited Silicon Valley startup that initially gained a lot of buzz for its revolutionary blood-testing technology, serves as a cautionary tale about how a dysfunctional board destroys value. The company recently announced that it is closing its doors, and investors have lost significant capital.

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