Leadership

Female Founders: What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Early last year, the Harvard Business Review published an article with the triggering title “For Female Founders, Fundraising Only From Female VCs Comes at a Cost.” In it, coauthors Isabelle Solal and Kaisa Snellman report their study of fund-raising success for over...

Board Service Good Habits

Many people I know express a desire to serve on a board. They spend time working to get their CVs just right and to network with members of boards they are interested in. However, the board chairs, CEOs, and executive directors I know wish their board members would...

Is This the Right Problem?

I recently encountered an interesting tweet from Michael A. Fischbach of Stanford University about selecting the right problem. In it, he shared his recent commentary in Cell, “Problem Choice and Decision Trees in Science and Engineering.” [1] According to his...

Being Strategic About Lab Investments

LinkedIn recently asked me to answer the question, “How can you use cost-benefit analysis (CBA) to make informed lab investments?” Their AI explained the basic steps for performing a CBA. However, there was zero context for strategically thinking about a lab...

Talent Acquisition and Retention is Broken!

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted many flaws in talent acquisition and retention strategies. Companies cannot find suitable candidates to fill positions, yet skilled individuals still need to get a callback after submitting their applications. It's taking weeks to...

Katrina’s Reading List – Making the Cut

Another year, another Katrina's Reading List. For those not yet aware of the fact, reading is my superpower. I read, on average, 65 published books a year (I keep score!) and numerous reports, journal articles, and non-book publications. You’ll find some of this...

Katrina’s Reading List from 2023

Every year, I put together a reading list of interesting books that have broadened my horizons, covering a range of genres from nonfiction to speculative fiction. This carefully chosen collection represents my varied interests and reminds me of how knowledge and...

Thinking About Hiring a New CEO?

When should a startup hire a new CEO versus developing their skills? It's a loaded question with no straightforward answer. In this article, we explore the seven stages of the startup life cycle, the roles and responsibilities of a CEO, and three valuable questions to...