Mike is a very well-informed corporate expert with a broad range of knowledge and experience. Having read Mike’s book it was clear that he could help me think through and solve the issues I have encountered building and managing fast-growing technology businesses.
The strategic importance of the Board over and above its perfunctory statutory and governance role had been under-estimated until I had the benefit of Mike’s consultancy services. We are now in a much better position to attract professional capital to fund the next stages of growth.
Paul Henderson Founder and CEO Bartr Group
Bartr Group is a telecoms and network management start up, building a distributed operating system for the way that the world connects. I have set up and been involved in building businesses around the world in a variety of different sectors. I’ve acted as an executive and non-executive director, so I had some experience with the world of the small company Board.
It was only when we started to think about how and why we should start to establish our own Board from a pool of what I had previously thought of as trusted advisers, that the importance and complexity of “getting it right” started to become clear.
Looking for some guidance, I came across Mike’s Realpolitik book, which then quickly led to me speaking to him. This clarified a lot of what were, in retrospect, misconceptions I had about the role and value of a “proper” board. Speaking to Mike really helped us drill down into what it was exactly a Board should and could do for our business. As we start to accelerate growth and expand the team rapidly, this advice and insight came at a critical juncture for our business, and has had a lasting and positive impact on the decisions we’re making about the structure and role of Bartr’s Board going forward.
Padma Gillen CEO Llibertat
We are a service design consultancy that has grown in the last couple of years to having a multi-million pound annual revenue. As this growth has been organic, we have not taken in external capital and thus not needed to build a significant Board.
After reading Mike’s book, however, we could see the benefit of having some expert oversight to help us plot our course and deal with the issues that come up along the way. We have been working with Mike as an advisor and have really benefited from his knowledge and experience.