The Orbit Shift Podcast

S02E30 The founders guide to navigating a boardroom with Cindy Padnos, Illuminate Ventures

July 27, 2021 Freshworks Inc Season 2 Episode 30
The Orbit Shift Podcast
S02E30 The founders guide to navigating a boardroom with Cindy Padnos, Illuminate Ventures
Show Notes

Founders are often in the trenches when it comes to fund-raising, making new hires, and driving their company’s growth. What often goes under the radar however is how founders can navigate their way through a board room. In this episode of The Orbit Shift Podcast, we talk to Cindy Padnos, a VC with 25 years of experience in the tech industry who sits on the board of six companies. We talk about

🚀What is the profile of an ideal chairperson

🚀When should founders get an independent board member

🚀How to deal with conflicts in the boardroom

🚀How to compensate board members 

🚀The key ingredients for a good relationship between board members

🚀How to evolve a board over time

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About the Guest

Leveraging 25 years of high-tech industry experience, Cindy Padnos is the founder and Managing Partner of Illuminate Ventures. She focuses primarily on the Enterprise/B2B cloud and mobile computing sectors, with a particular emphasis on SaaS applications and platforms, solutions leveraging data for business impact, and new business models that accelerate customer acquisition. Cindy serves as a board director for Bid Ops, BrightEdge, CafeX, Hoopla Software, nFlux, and Pex.

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Host and Producer - Jayadevan PK

Assistant Producer - Shashwath J

Audio Engineer - Rajesh Subramanian