Episode 23 | Part Two: Critical Teams

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Greg wraps up his talk with Matt Blumberg, the Founder & CEO of Bolster, a talent marketplace for on-demand executives and board members, and the author of Startup CXO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Company’s Critical Functions and Teams. In part two, Matt talks about how visionary founders can become good managers, the importance of adding independent directors to your board, and why he thinks the entrepreneurial failure rate is so high.

About Matt Blumberg: Matt is the founder and CEO of Bolster, a new talent marketplace for on-demand executives and board members launched in 2020. Matt was previously Chairman & CEO of Return Path, the market leader in email optimization, from 1999, until its sale to Validity. Under Matt’s leadership, Return Path won numerous employer of choice awards including #2 on Fortune Magazine’s “Best Companies to Work for” list. Prior to founding Return Path, Matt founded the Internet division of MovieFone (777-FILM) and had previously worked in venture capital and management consulting. Matt is Founder and Chairman of Path Forward, a non-profit that was spun out of Return Path in 2016 whose mission is to empower people to restart their careers after time spent focused on caregiving. He is also the author of Startup CEO: A field guide to scaling up your business, second edition published by Wiley & Sons in 2020, Startup CXO: A Field Guide to Scaling Your Company’s Critical Teams, published by Wiley & Sons in 2021, and the forthcoming second edition of Startup Boards, to be published by Wiley & Sons in 2021 or 2022.