Startup Boards Book

I am new to being an official board member although I have been involved with large and small company board meetings for years.

Board meetings are not the be all end all that many folks think they are but the board members and their context within the life of a startup is pretty important.

I wanted to approach this with a beginner’s mind and was helpful to read this book and get some new viewpoints on being a board member and get some sense how founder see the board as well.

Of course only experience will come into play for me to become an awesome board member but I am enjoying this book quite a bit.

Proud to be a Smith

Yesterday was tough day. We had a celebration service for my brother.

We did our best to plan it but you have no idea who will come and how it will all go.

I should have never have doubted though, knowing how many people my brother touched it was probably a no brainer to assume lots of folks would come. And they did. We kept having to add chairs for people.

For most of us normal, non-celebrity people, we often wonder what our legacy is. We may never know since it is probably only revealed upon our death. 

Rest assured brother Daniel, you left a legacy. They come out in droves yesterday to attend your service. They took the microphone and shared story after story about how you always were always helping people. Using your badge and fearlessness to do what others wouldn’t and to make people always feel better. Even if it got you into trouble. 😉

This left a hole in my heart since it dawned on me how little family members know about their grown up siblings when it comes to their work and social impact on the world. Every human matters but we don’t always see or can comprehend the impact.

Yesterday it was well confirmed that my brother left a dent in the universe. 

The day after is a sober day of wondering how as a sibling I can know the other facets of my family better. To appreciate their impact with their friends and co-workers. Stuff I never see but I should probably try and grok.

My brother will be missed by his family for sure but I can sense that his co-workers and friends are really feeling it too.

I wish everyone a speedy recovery but I caution this with reminding myself that the pain is a gentle reminder to make sure you get to know your family, your friends and your co-workers a little bit more than you do. Be sure to make sure they feel your presence in whatever positive way you are able to.

Life is short.