a16z Podcast: Boards and the Power of Networks


It’s easy to argue for “choosing possibility” when it comes to addressing diversity and inclusion in tech when certain people have access to networks and others don’t. BoardList — more of a talent marketplace than a “list” per se — is an effort to address part of that issue, bringing more qualified women onto the boards of tech companies.

But isn’t it risky for startup CEOs to add unknowns onto their boards (and what’s the purpose of those boards, anyway?) Does it take away seats from others including the company’s investors? In this segment of the a16z Podcast, serial entrepreneur and BoardList founder Sukhinder Singh Cassidy and Silicon Valley Bank’s John China discuss these issues and more — including how boards (and especially common stock in startup boards) are one way to immediately start changing things.