The Manager’s Guide to Inclusive Leadership — Small Habits That Make a Big Impact

From the immediate need to hold space for Black employees right now and lead vulnerable discussions with your team, to the long-term behaviors that build a welcoming culture, in this post from the First Round Review, the team at LifeLabs helpfully distills inclusive leadership into its four most essential habits:

  • Inviting and displaying authenticity
  • Cultivating self-awareness and curiosity
  • Seeking out and responding well to feedback
  • Lifting up other perspectives consistently.

Allyship In Action: How to Support Black Colleagues Right Now

One of the most powerful ways we can work to end racial injustice and support Black people without putting the burden on Black people is through educating ourselves.

Paradigm has put together this excellent list of resources to support anyone seeking to educate themselves about racial injustice.

Allyship In Action: How Managers Can Support Black Employees Right Now

In this resource by Paradigm, they’ve outlined specific recommendations for managers seeking to support Black employees.

As a manager, you play a pivotal role in how your team navigates this incredibly challenging time. While it’s helpful for employees to hear from company leaders, it is equally critical that they feel directly supported by you as their manager. If you proceed with “business as usual,” it sends a message to people that you don’t believe this is an important topic worthy of time and conversation. To Black employees in particular, it can send a message that you don’t value them.

So, how do you lead your team through this difficult time, particularly when it can be hard to find the words to say, and when different team members may need different things?

Pandemic Impacts Entrepreneuring Women at Work and Home

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all business owners. The Diana International Research Institute (DIRI) team wanted to uncover just how it impacted a specific category of business owners: women.

How are the entrepreneurs responding to the revenue decline? Nearly 40 percent of business owners are deferring or reducing executive pay, more than one-third are delaying payment, and one-quarter are reducing employee hours.

The survey found that women-owned businesses face key structural inequalities due to smaller size and business age, and these businesses also are over-represented in the industries hardest hit by both need for essential services and the economic shutdown.

Resources for those interested in venture capital and private equity

This list of resources was created for the students in Chicago Booth’s Private Equity and Venture Capital lab as an augmentation to the class.

It is designed to assist less experienced students learn more about the industry and for advanced students the ability to go deeper on topics of interest.

Managing Unconcious Bias

Companies and firms that want to establish themselves as diverse, inclusive organizations must consider opportunities to minimize bias both at the structural level in company processes and policies, and at the individual level in employee attitudes and behaviors.

In this white paper, Paradigm introduces actionable recommendations to address bias at both the structural and individual levels, across the process of attracting, hiring, developing, and retaining employees.

See Bias | Block Bias

Research shows that stereotypes can introduce errors in managers’ decision making about talent throughout the employee life cycle. While most people agree that bias exists in the abstract, many cannot see their own role in enacting bias or how it functions in their organization. Further, resistance to the idea that bias exists at all is what we call “bias backlash.”

To address these issues, the Stanford University VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab has produced this methodological framework to diagnose, address, and overcome bias in the workplace.

ILPA – Diversity & Inclusion Roadmap

The Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) produced an open-source Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Roadmap for the private equity and venture capital industry.

The Roadmap is comprised of best practices that both general and limited partners can consider implementing to advance D&I efforts on behalf of their organizations and the PE industry at large. ILPA encourages all stakeholders in the private equity industry — and those operating in other private markets — to explore the opportunities presented in its Roadmap, and contribute to the effort by sharing their own initiatives and resources so that we all can learn from one another’s experiences.

SVB Healthcare Investments & Exits Report

What’s driving innovation in life science and healthcare? SVB is committed to serving the ecosystem by providing industry-leading reports featuring proprietary analysis and targeted outlooks to help companies and investors achieve their goals. Twice a year we publish deep-dive analyses describing fundraising, investment, M&A and IPO activity of private, venture-backed biopharma, medical device and diagnostic/tools companies. Our deep relationships with top life science and healthcare entrepreneurs and investors inform our insights and give us a vantage point unlike any other bank.

SVB State of the Markets: Q1 2020

As we embark upon a new decade, it’s worth looking back over the past ten years to see how far we’ve come. Coming out of the Global Financial Crisis, fundraising and investment have exceeded prior peaks, and venture has globalized rapidly. We’re now seeing important shifts in the ecosystem, which have rippled from rising benchmarks and a renewed focus on profitability. Without question, some right-sizing is needed. Fortunately, there is no shortage of strong companies to face these challenges. A receptive public market has kept the IPO window open, and our outlook on exits remains positive barring a broader economic downturn. Given all of the above, we have reason to be optimistic.

10,000+

high-growth startups—across all 50 states and DC—raised venture funding in 2019 to build and grow their businesses.

42%

of all U.S. IPOs from 1974 to 2015 were venture-backed companies, representing 63% of the market capitalization and 85% of R&D.

2.9 million

is the average net jobs created annually between 1980 and 2010 by high-growth startups, which account for ~50% of gross jobs created in the U.S.

1,300+

U.S. venture firms are active today, managing an aggregate of $444 billion in assets.