New Resources for Addressing Sexual Harassment in the VC Industry

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Bobby Franklin

Since last summer, the venture industry has come together to address sexual harassment in our ecosystem. The serious and sensitive nature of this topic led NVCA on a path of listening and learning; facilitating discussions and convening working groups; and developing much-needed resources for our industry. Our thorough and determined process led to yesterday’s release of three key NVCA resources for addressing sexual harassment: Sample H.R. Policies for Addressing Harassment & Discrimination; Sample H.R. Best Practices for Addressing Harassment and Discrimination; and Sample Code of Conduct policy. Our goal is for venture firms to review these documents and operationalize them into existing/new policies within their firm and share them with their portfolio companies. (more…)

VentureForward Blog Series: Investing in Inclusion

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Jessica Strong & Terri Glueck

Note from NVCA: Last fall, NVCA announced our path forward to address harassment, diversity, and inclusion in VC. With the help of our Members and Industry Partners, we’re currently primarily focused on updating our sample HR policies and developing HR best practices, but we know policies and best practices can only go so far. To that end, we launched this VentureForward blog series for industry leaders to share their perspectives on why diversity and inclusion (D&I) are important for the future of VC, their firm’s activities and approach to D&I, and guidance for how we—as an industry—can drive meaningful change.

To date, the series has focused on the perspectives of VCs. With this edition, we changed it up by shining a spotlight on an entrepreneur developing products/services that foster inclusion in the workplace and a VC firm that focuses on D&I and funding entrepreneurs disrupting this space. Jessica Strong of Flexable and Terri Glueck of Innovation Works (IW) share their thoughts in the interview below: (more…)

VentureForward Blog Series: Diversity Breeds Diversity

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Andy Schwab

Note from NVCA: In September of 2017, NVCA announced our path forward to address harassment, diversity, and inclusion in VC. With the help of our Members and Industry Partners, we’re currently primarily focused on updating our sample HR policies and developing HR best practices, but we know policies and best practices can only go so far. To that end, we launched this VentureForward blog series for industry leaders to share their perspectives on why diversity and inclusion (D&I) are important for the future of VC, their firm’s activities and approach to D&I, and guidance for how we—as an industry—can drive meaningful change. 

Andy Schwab, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of 5AM Ventures, continues the series with his post below:

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VentureForward Blog Series: Adding an Organic Approach to Diversifying the Venture Capital Industry

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Ray Leach

Note from NVCA: In September of 2017, NVCA announced our path forward to address harassment, diversity, and inclusion in VC. With the help of our Members and Industry Partners, we’re currently primarily focused on updating our sample HR policies and developing HR best practices, but we know policies and best practices can only go so far. To that end, we launched this VentureForward blog series for industry leaders to share their perspectives on why diversity and inclusion (D&I) are important for the future of VC, their firm’s activities and approach to D&I, and guidance for how we—as an industry—can drive meaningful change. 

Ray Leach, Founder & CEO of JumpStart Inc., continues the series with his post below:

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NVCA Highlights from 2017 and What’s Ahead in 2018

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Bobby Franklin

With 2017 in the rearview, we can now take a deep breath and try to make sense of what was a very turbulent year. President Trump’s first year in office turned out to be even more unconventional than his campaign for president. Protests the day after his inauguration, making news with the stroke of a tweet, and major legislative failures followed by major legislative victories, President Trump’s (almost) first year in office has been filled with fireworks on a weekly—and often daily—basis. As someone who has lived and worked in Washington for nearly three decades, this has been both exciting and exhausting to witness. (more…)

VentureForward Blog Series: Time’s Up – We Need to Fix This

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Kate Mitchell

Note from NVCA: In September of 2017, NVCA announced our path forward to address harassment, diversity, and inclusion in VC. With the help of our Members and Industry Partners, we’re currently primarily focused on updating our sample HR policies and developing HR best practices, but we know policies and best practices can only go so far. To that end, we launched this VentureForward blog series for industry leaders to share their perspectives on why diversity and inclusion (D&I) are important for the future of VC, their firm’s activities and approach to D&I, and guidance for how we—as an industry—can drive meaningful change. 

Kate Mitchell, Co-Founder & Partner at Scale Venture Partners, continues the series with her post below: (more…)

VentureForward Blog Series: Being Different

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Carmichael Roberts

Note from NVCA: In September, NVCA announced our path forward to address harassment, diversity, and inclusion in VC. With the help of our Members and Industry Partners, we’re currently primarily focused on updating our sample HR policies and developing HR best practices, but we know policies and best practices can only go so far. To that end, we launched this VentureForward blog series for industry leaders to share their perspectives on why diversity and inclusion (D&I) are important for the future of VC, their firm’s activities and approach to D&I, and guidance for how we—as an industry—can drive meaningful change. 

Carmichael Roberts, Founder & Managing Partner at Material Impact and General Partner at North Bridge Venture Partners, continues the series with his post below: (more…)

VentureForward Blog Series: Canaan Forward – Diversity as an Asset

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Maha Ibrahim

Note from NVCA: In September, NVCA announced our path forward to address harassment, diversity, and inclusion in VC. With the help of our Members and Industry Partners, we’re currently primarily focused on updating our sample HR policies and developing HR best practices, but we know policies and best practices can only go so far. To that end, we launched this VentureForward blog series for industry leaders to share their perspectives on why diversity and inclusion (D&I) are important for the future of VC, their firm’s activities and approach to D&I, and guidance for how we—as an industry—can drive meaningful change. 

Maha Ibrahim, General Partner at Canaan Partners, continues the series with her post below:

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Exploring the Future of Impact Investing

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Christy Chin

At a time when the world’s problems seem more intractable – in light of the California wildfires and Las Vegas shooting – there is hope that social capital will be leveraged to address the climate change, poverty, access to healthcare and improving education. It certainly is a rising trend, as recent data shows that the impact investing market in the U.S. has a floor of $114 billion, although the actual market size is much larger.

While a critical mass of impact investors gathered in San Francisco for Social Capital Markets (SoCap), the world’s leading conference on impact investing and social enterprise, the NVCA seized the opportunity to bring participants in the venture ecosystem active in this space together to discuss its opportunities and challenges. Not surprisingly, the event attracted more than 70 attendees from a wide spectrum on the investing scale: both new and established, large and small venture capital firms, limited partners, entrepreneurs and foundations. (more…)

VentureForward Blog Series: Diversity & Inclusion Is A Growth Story

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Lisa Lambert

Note from NVCA: In September, NVCA announced our path forward to address harassment, diversity, and inclusion in VC. With the help of our Members and Industry Partners, we’re currently primarily focused on updating our sample HR policies and developing HR best practices, but we know policies and best practices can only go so far. To that end, we launched this VentureForward blog series for industry leaders to share their perspectives on why diversity and inclusion (D&I) are important for the future of VC, their firm’s activities and approach to D&I, and guidance for how we—as an industry—can drive meaningful change. 

Lisa Lambert, Managing Partner at The Westly Group, continues the series with her post below: (more…)