The Benefits of Independent Board Members
Even a single outside board member can begin to shift this mom-and-dad dynamic into something more like a team. While these complementary board members often occupy seats designated for Independents, they can also occupy Common or Preferred seats. That part matters less IMO. The key requirement is that this person has achieved enough success and experience in a related arena to have earned the respect of both founder and VC, so they will be more likely to speak up and be heard. Preferably this person also brings: (1) diversity of experience and background, (2) sufficient time and interest to commit to your role, (3) the sort of welcoming demeanor that makes you want to call them and (4) not too close a relationship with the other investors.