Optimized for diverse perspectives

A good crossbeam team has a diverse membership:

  • 5-8 members
  • each member is from a different function
  • representing the essential combination of functional knowledge needed to achieve the result aspired to
  • at least two different levels of people represented
  • no two people that report to each other
  • the team reports to an executive sponsor who acts as a mentor but does not participate in team meetings and work

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About Midstage Institute

We focus our practice on midstage startup companies that need to remain agile, and where what used to work for the smaller startup just isn’t as effective anymore.


We ensure founders and leadership teams win, with our over 40 years experience in venture-backed tech startups. We are Silicon Valley veterans with the scars and wins to prove it. We don’t use an inflexible off-the shelf methodology, we adapt best practices to you, your market, your company, and your leadership team.


We always:

  • Focus on right sized best practices to get to the next level
  • Focus on the 20% of effort that will yield you 80% of the benefits
  • Teach Perfection is the enemy, better is your partner and ally
  • Align with your business needs so you can thrive