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2x startup Founder & CEO who has gone to the Dark Side of VC. His first company, BuildOnline was sold in 2005, his second, Koral was acquired by Salesforce.com and became known as Salesforce Content, while Mark served as VP Product Management. In 2007 Mark joined GRP Partners in 2007 as a General Partner.  He focuses on early-stage technology companies, usually looking at Series A investment, and blogs at the aptly titled Both Sides of the Table.

2 responses to “Why You Should Ban Laptops & iPads at Board Meetings”

  1. Adron Hall

    I’d ban those items too, in my humble opinion, however many can’t seem to run a meeting to save their lives. Thus wasting time – which in turn makes me actually want to have my laptop or iPad handy so I don’t have to chalk it up as a complete waste.

    Fortunately I’ve gotten a LOT better at taking charge of meetings (even if they’re not mine), getting the value add from it, and cutting the meetings short if need be. Everybody is happier, things get discussed in a more efficient way, and I don’t actually have to ban anything from the meeting since everyone gets there, gets involved, and then gets back to their individual efforts.

    Efficiency, I like it. :)

  2. Mae Loraine Jacobs

    And I thought I’m just the only one who gets irritated by such practice. :) I have nothing against laptops and other gadgets inside boardrooms really, but I want my staff to carry them when I tell them to, simply because I believe they’re going to be highly needed. Otherwise, they should already come prepared and purge other thoughts besides the meeting that’s about to happen and the agenda that is going to be covered. With focus, meetings don’t have to last for a long time, and engagement doesn’t end up boring.