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15 Influential Tech Board Members

The board of directors' primary responsibility is to protect the assets of shareholders, trying to ensure they receive a strong return on their investments. In some cases, directors include venture capitalists or angel investors who have invested in a technology business. In others, directors are selected from outside the IT industry, perhaps because of their connections or success in complementary businesses. A board of directors can be a big asset. After all, the board gives a business the opp
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Sanford Robertson, principal at Francisco Partners, has played a key role in financing many of today's leading technology companies, such as 3Com, AOL, Dell, Siebel, and Sun. Before founding Francisco Partners, Robertson in 1978 created Robertson, Stephens & Co., a technology investment bank that was sold to BankAmerica in 1998.

He also founded Robertson, Coleman, Siebel & Weisel, later renamed Montgomery Securities. Robertson continues to play an active role, sitting on the boards of several technology and non-tech organizations, including Salesforce.com, Dolby Laboratories, Pain Therapeutics, and the Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving, as well as on the President's Board at the University of Michigan.

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Global CIO: Can HP's CEO Survive? The Board Talks It Over

Global CIO: The HP CEO Dream Team: Andreessen & IBM's Rometty

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