VentureForward Blog Series: Funding Exceptional Social Enterprises Starts with Challenging your Pipeline

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Christy Chin

Note from NVCA: As part of NVCA’s VentureForward initiative, we launched this blog series in November 2017 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.

Stay up to date on the latest VentureForward news, resources, and releases here. Contact ventureforward@nvca.org to learn more and get involved.

Christy Chin, Managing Partner at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, continues the series with her post below (which originally appeared on the HBS Impact Insights blog): (more…)

Emerging Growth Companies Want to Go Public, The Question is When?

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Heather Gates

Note from NVCA: We always encourage our members and industry partners to share their perspectives on industry issues. Heather Gates of Deloitte shares her views on the current IPO environment for venture-backed companies. NVCA remains engaged on capital market reforms to support small cap companies. We recently released a report with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on policy reforms to encourage more public companies.


Recently, I had the pleasure of participating in the Stanford/NVCA Venture Capital Symposium along with Scott Kupor, Greg Rodgers, Jeff Thomas, Nizar Tahurni and Justin Field. Our panel, The Death of the IPO, focused on the trends in the volume of IPOs and the challenges and opportunities facing aspiring publicly traded companies.

Interestingly, within just the past week or so, we’ve seen a recent uptick in enterprise tech IPOs and companies in the media and fintech space going public or announcing plans. (more…)

A Proposal to Encourage More Public Companies – NVCA’s Perspective

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Justin Field

I hope that you were able to read the press release NVCA sent out yesterday announcing the release of a proposal to encourage more U.S. public companies.  This effort builds off the success of the JOBS Act and is intended to make it more attractive to become and remain a public company.  We were pleased to partner with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Nasdaq, Equity Dealers of America and several other organizations to put this package together, and we look forward to working with this coalition to get these ideas passed.

Capital markets reform and reviving the Initial Public Offering (IPO) is one of our top priorities at NVCA.  We believe the blueprint we just released can reverse the trend of the dwindling number of public companies in the U.S.  We also hope this report can spark a further conversation on these issues among our membership as we continue this important work.  (more…)

VentureForward Blog Series: Making Diversity Core to Community

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Rob Hayes

Note from NVCA: As part of NVCA’s VentureForward initiative, we launched this blog series in November 2017 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.

Stay up to date on the latest VentureForward news, resources, and releases here. Contact ventureforward@nvca.org to learn more and get involved.

Rob Hayes, Partner at First Round Capital, continues the series with his post below: (more…)

VentureForward Blog Series: No One Said Diversifying Venture Capital Would Be Easy – But Here Are Some Hacks

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Christine Herron & Trina Van Pelt

Note from NVCA: As part of NVCA’s VentureForward initiative, we launched this blog series in November 2017 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.

Stay up to date on the latest VentureForward news, resources, and releases here. Contact ventureforward@nvca.org to learn more and get involved.

Christine Herron, Investment Director at Intel Capital, and Trina Van Pelt, Vice President at Intel Capital, continue the series with their post below: (more…)

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: As part of NVCA’s VentureForward initiative, we launched this blog series in November 2017 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.

Stay up to date on the latest VentureForward news, resources, and releases here. Contact ventureforward@nvca.org to learn more and get involved.

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: As part of NVCA’s VentureForward initiative, we launched this blog series in November 2017 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.

Stay up to date on the latest VentureForward news, resources, and releases here. Contact ventureforward@nvca.org to learn more and get involved.

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: As part of NVCA’s VentureForward initiative, we launched this blog series in November 2017 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.

Stay up to date on the latest VentureForward news, resources, and releases here. Contact ventureforward@nvca.org to learn more and get involved.

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…)