Several years ago, when I was new to the Boston startup scene, I was introduced to Sean Lindsay. We met for beers and instantly hit it off. Sean is one of those rare guys who loves to go out after work and talk about work. It's always been clear that Sean loves what he does. Over the years, we've had a lot more beers and dinners and other types of events together, and through our many conversations about business and technology, I new I wanted to work with Sean in some capacity. So I am very excited to announce that Sean has officially joined the Talla Board of Directors as an Independent Director.
I think corporate governance in early stage companies is primarily about recruiting and retaining top level talent. That is one of the most difficult things to do, and one of the biggest risks any startup needs to mitigate. Sean is one of the best recruiters I've ever met, and has a ton of experience recruiting on both coasts. His insights will be very helpful as Talla has presences in both Boston and San Francisco.
I also think that good independent directors need to really be independent. They should speak their mind, and not be in the pocket of the CEO, or pander to the VCs who invested in the company. I've know Sean long enough to know I can count on him to be open and honest, even when he has a different perspective.
Sean previously introduced me to Max Versace, of Neurala, who shared office space with us at my last company, Backupify. Max later introduced me to Byron Galbraith, who eventually joined me as a Co-Founder of Talla. So Sean has already helped more than he realized. I'm sure he will be even more helpful as we launch and grow Talla. Welcome to the team Sean!