As you review our website, you’ll discover many of the benefits that make Boardbooks truly different from any other board portal.
By way of background, over 3,500 boards and more than 77,000 individual directors, executives and administrators worldwide rely on Diligent Board Member Services, Inc. to speed and simplify how board materials are produced, communicated and viewed. As the creator of the world’s most widely used board portal, Diligent has pioneered ease of use, stringent security, and superior training and support since 2001. Our offices are located in New York (headquarters), London, Sydney, Christchurch, Singapore and Hong Kong.
So, what sets Diligent apart?
First of all, it’s the Boardbooks board portal. It looks and works just like a book, making it incredibly intuitive and easy to use. For administrative staff, it greatly simplifies board meeting preparation. For directors, it gives instant access to meeting materials on a tablet or browser, whether online or on the go.
Secondly, it’s our experience and service. We’ve been implementing board portals longer than any other company in the world and thoroughly understand all the issues involved. Couple this with our exceptional service, and you begin to see why so many fine companies worldwide choose Diligent as their board portal provider.
Thank you for your consideration,
President & CEO
Diligent Board Member Services
The development of the Diligent Boardbooks® product began in 2000 when AIG SunAmerica requested a solution to automate the management of its board meeting papers.
With this request, the company’s founders launched the Diligent Boardbooks concept. The SunAmerica Mutual Fund instruction was: “Please help us build a web-based system to streamline and centralize the delivery of board materials.” Their requirements were: “It must be totally secure. Most importantly, we need to keep it really simple and totally flexible.” After a working concept was produced for SunAmerica and it was used and tested, they agreed to license the first commercial version.
2002 – 2006 Testing and Establishing a Client Base
By 2002, it was apparent that the end product was an extremely valuable licensing opportunity. With SunAmerica as one of our anchor clients, we spent a year selling Boardbooks to other major accounts in a market that had yet to deal with the implications of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Companies whose board materials were extensive and time consuming to produce were also early adopters.
From 2006 to late 2007, before undertaking an international rollout of a large licensing sales force, we tested several key growth assumptions relating to scaling the Boardbooks product.
2007 – 2009 Serving Clients Worldwide
On December 12, 2007, we completed a public share offering of 24,000,000 shares of common stock in conjunction with a listing of our stock on the New Zealand Stock Exchange under the symbol DIL. During this period, we also redeveloped the Boardbooks product from the ground up. Diligent entered a period of significant growth as companies began to realize the potential of board portal solutions.
2010 Launching on the iPad
Diligent launched its Boardbooks iPad app in 2010, bringing ease of use and security to the tablet. Because Boardbooks already looks like a book and works like a book – or in the case of the iPad app, like an e-book – its intuitive user interface is ideally suited for reading devices. A number of releases have added new features to the app with more soon to come.
2014 Launching on the Microsoft Windows 8.1 Platform
The Diligent Boardbooks app is now available on Windows 8.1 devices, including Microsoft Surface. Directors can easily sync and view board materials by board or committee, readily access annotation and voting items, and have the control to manage their own materials or annotations after meetings.
Today, many of the largest corporations in the world currently entrust their sensitive board materials to our tried, tested, secure and easy-to-use solution. We currently serve over 72,000 registered users worldwide.