I am experienced with repeated failure, indeed even defeat snatched from the very jaws of victory! Your question, matt2341, how to recruit (or to join in) towards the formation of a capable management team in order to draw up business plans and then prospect for venture capital for new venture creation, is my consuming interest and actually the central topic of my website http://www.FoolQuest.com
But stevens, I haven`t really found much use in the resources you seemingly somewhat offhandedly suggest, and I think that the problem needs to be treated far more seriously and rigorously.
I am assuming here that you have the funding for whatever it is you are trying to do and I will infer from your post that you are looking for a team (plural in terms of number of people) and multiple directors. Actually, you have made it clear in your question.
anyhow, I would say that you need to have two totally different mind sets for the two tasks of hiring a board and hiring a management team. with the board, you are trying to bring diversity of view point in the management of your investments in terms of shareholding, ownership etc. With the management team, you are bringing in skills and experience that can make the company more revenue, better products, new business etc. So, you need to be looking for different type of people.
Once you have setup your mind/ideals for what you want, you will want to look for those people. Start with the board first. The board is supposed to look after shareholder(your) interests. Find people in the industry who are knowledgeable and approach them straight. You can find these people as contributors in trade publications, at trade events and in news papers. You can also start with college professors. Essentially you are looking for people who can advise you on doing one of the following few exemplary things: 1) Acquire new capital, 2) Technolgy vision 3) regulation 4) economic situations 5) Marketing vision 6) Hiring managers 7) government formalities etc (whichever apply to your business).
Networking is a great idea and will take you a long way into the process, however, I think with networking, you are limiting yourself to people you gel with. you are also limiting yourselves with people who network for people like you. Further, you are investing the most precious commodity (time) into your recruitment process. I would say that you should complement your networking with paid recruitment. You should also delegate a lot of your recruitment too trusted advisors (e.g. your board). that way, you are sure to hire someone who is not just like you... (not that more of you is bad - but lots of people who think like you and no one else is not that hot either).
I have tried not to get too specific because I dont know anything about your business. Hope this helps in some way.