The Silicon Review
Businesses need quality leaders and board members who can mentor and are excellent decision-makers. Their decisions and opinions drive a company’s culture and its success story. But a business can often be in a tight spot when it is considering onboarding a new executive on its board. Boardsi has addressed this Gordian knot by availing its platform for businesses and executives. It provides user-tailored assistance to help its subscribers find the right fit without any problems.
Let’s be honest, the future of a business depends on the next board member decision. Top executive talent is the key to the growth of businesses. The world’s best companies, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon, carefully vet and screen many candidates and choose the best of the best to head their business. So, it is essential to have the right executive on a company’s board of directors. Boardsi was created in 2017 to help businesses find the right match for the board job.
Today, Boardsi has a fast-growing private network and sub-network of C-Level Executives who express interest in board and advisory roles because they have time available to serve. “We have captured many points of data on each executive, which makes it easier to pinpoint the skill sets that match the board search for the company,” says Martin Rowinski, Co-founder & CEO of Boardsi. “We bring on companies in a very similar way as we onboard executives, which allows us to find the right match.”
But it was not smooth sailing for the company initially as it had to contend with the dilemma of choosing between either building a network of executives and then finding the companies or finding the companies and then hoping to find the executives later. “We started with both and just kept both sides growing simultaneously, and before we knew it, there was a good flow of executives and a good flow of companies. This process over time has been redefined, the tools we use have been upgraded, and our software has improved over time, and is always being fine-tuned,” states the Co-founder & CEO.
Boardsi has grown in a very short period. Its to-do list continues to grow, and it seems to have ideas that will power the company’s future by bringing more features for executives and tools for companies. Martin Rowinski credits the remarkable teamwork of the Boardsi workforce and the culture of feedback-based improvements for powering the company’s growth. Earlier this year, Boardsi was included in Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces for 2020. He says, “We understand all the big pieces and small pieces come together to create a big success story, and no idea is too small, and no challenge is too big.”
Trusted by executives from Starbucks, Boeing, M&T Bank, NFL, Google, and NetSol Technologies, Boardsi offers its service through a two-tier network. This two-tier network of executives distinguishes between the two levels, where one tier is its premium network. Boardsi continually stays in touch with the Tier One executives who have already been screened and are ready to join. “We have been very efficient in finding the right executive for the organization. We stay in touch with the companies and so far have had nothing but positive feedback, this includes companies coming back and asking for another Board Member or Board Advisor,” says Daniel Henry the COO of Boardsi.
The company has cut down the time of bringing on a board member or building a board from scratch through its service. It takes an average of 2 years for an executive to join a board, but with Boardsi, this time can be brought down to 3-12 months. For a company, Boardsi can find a board member and help them join in as less as 3 to 6 months. “FanWide was seeking sports executives to join our advisory board but found it hard to navigate this industry. Boardsi was a great partner and connected us with multiple executives with experience in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB. Boardsi has a great network, it is worth a conversation to see how they can help you,” says Symon Perriman, CEO and Founder FanWide.
Boardsi also has a second tier of executives within its subnetwork, making it easier for executives to match their skillsets with the many data points. This makes it easier to match them and makes the vetting process more streamlined. Together, the two tiers have over 5 million C-suite executives. “From adding a very special executive to our network to bringing on an amazing company that needs what we can help them with, to working on new projects. We bring value to our users,” says Martin Rowinski, CEO of Boardsi.
Partnership with Shaparency Often partnerships between businesses are necessary to bring together varied offerings in the best interest of the customers. They can help customers in a way that a single company simply cannot. “Our goal is to build value, get better at the matching processes between Executives and Companies, and finally either create or partner with companies that are looking to do the same,” says Martin. One of the most cherished and valuable partnerships for Boardsi is the one it has forged with Shaparency, a firm that is focused on providing governance with the digital board and shareholder management.
Shaparency’s philosophy is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of board and governance operations for mid-size businesses within a self-service cloud platform. Shaparency helps organizations save money, time, and the planet while improving governance and the shareholder experience. Their philosophy is an excellent match to what Boardsi is trying to achieve. “Their model and platform is a great match with our business model and our platform, which allows us to provide businesses with a solution not only to recruit board members but then use Shaparency to manage the board members and the growth of the company,” reflects the CEO of Boardsi. Through its partnership with Shaparency, Boardsi provides various tools to its members including:
Smart Document Storage: Not just another bunch of folders. Tag, file, universal search, advanced permission access
Manage every part of your board meetings and shareholder communications in a secure cloud platform. Documents, templates, agendas, and meeting minutes
Seamless Meeting Minutes: Take minutes seamlessly in the platform editor, send for review and approval and distribute
Don’t pay extra for another tool. Digitize every document with the native document signature tool
Boardsi avails these tools and more at affordable pricing and special offers for non-profit companies and startups.
Boardsi remains focused on becoming the go-to company for every small to a large business in the world for finding the right executives for the right job. The company is forever in the lookout to grow its Executive Network so that executives and companies approaching it can access its unique pool of talent and diversity. “It has been a great ride thus far and what we have accomplished in a fairly short period of time is astonishing and we are only in the beginning stages. There is so much more to be done, and we all wake up every day excited to do the next big thing!” says Martin Rowinski, Co-founder & CEO.
Boardsi is consistently working on new projects to push through its services and bring about user growth. In the past few months, the company has been working on creating a board documents builder and executive board education that promises to bring value to its members. Through these offerings, Boardsi will empower executives to put together a Board CV and Board biography, which differs from an Executive CV, a Resume, and a Bio. This way, Boardsi is looking to equip the executives with the right materials that highlight the invested time and possibly money into their board careers while they look for a board role.
The Leader Upfront
Martin Rowinski, Co-founder and CEO: Martin Rowinski is a technology executive with over 25 years of experience providing leadership, developing and implementing strategic processes, and deploying new products to streamline services and improve growth in lead generation and sales in the fields of recruiting, finance, technology, marketing, and mortgage lending. He served as a CTO in past and is currently CEO of an executive recruitment firm, Boardsi, leading the way for executives to connect with companies seeking executive talent for Boards of Directors and Boards of Advisors. Boardsi specializes in helping companies build executive boards quicker and more efficiently, focusing on board diversity to reach companies’ highest success rate and fast growth potential. Boardsi is a private network for top-level executives, who benefit by finding board positions that match their skill levels.