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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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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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…)

Kick-off of NVCA VentureForward Blog Series: Focus on Progress, Not Perfection

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Greg Sands

Note from NVCA: Last month, 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 are launching 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. 

Greg Sands, Founder & Managing Partner of Costanoa Ventures, kicks off the series with the inaugural post below: (more…)

Our Path Forward to Address Sexual Harassment in VC

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Bobby Franklin

For the second time in six weeks, the NVCA Board of Directors convened on Tuesday to discuss how the industry can and should address sexual harassment. Harassment of any kind has no place in the venture industry, and our board is focused on making sure they, as a group of leaders from our industry, and we, as the national trade association of the industry, help steer our community towards positive outcomes to address this issue.

Members of the NVCA board, NVCA staff and I have dedicated a tremendous amount of time and attention to the matter since news reports of sexual harassment involving venture investors first began to surface in June. Our main point of emphasis has been to speak with and learn from as many stakeholders as possible to collect all the information necessary to arrive at the best path forward for us as an organization and for our industry. As I have said throughout this process, our number one priority is to get this done right, not fast. (more…)