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Interested in learning more about best practices in due diligence at VC firms, or how to design and implement internal controls at portfolio companies? Join us for a discussion on how the VC industry can enable good governance.
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The Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship at Brown University, Venture Capital Inclusion Lab, VentureESG, The Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, The NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center and First Close Partners.
In recent times, the venture capital industry has come under scrutiny for allowing the rise of questionable firms characterized by poor corporate governance including ineffective boards, poor oversight, weak controls, and conflicts of interest. At the same time, an increasing number of investors are engaging in responsible governance practices aimed at strengthening the bottom line of investments. Why do investors continue to pour money into VC-backed companies that demonstrate serious governance flaws? What lessons and best practices should investors and directors of venture-backed companies learn from the failure of firms and platforms such as WeWork, Uber, Deliveroo, and most recently, FTX, and why have those lessons proven so hard to internalize? And can the venture capital industry embrace good governance without sacrificing returns, i.e., the needs of individual VC firms to make financially successful investments? This virtual program aims to bring together VCs, founders, independent directors of VC-backed companies, LPs, scholars, and policymakers to discuss how the industry can create standards and shared practices to enable the ecosystem to enforce good governance going forward.