Venture-backed technology is a powerful force in our world -- properly wielded it can be a true super power for humanity. At the same time, the industry hasn't done enough to guard against its downsides, exacerbating some of society's biggest problems, from income inequality to the marginalization of people, to misinformation and more. From climate technology to enterprise SaaS and more, how can investors support the next generation of companies to innovate responsibly?
Quentin Clark of General Catalyst, Laura Weidman Powers of Base10, Tim Wang of The Westly Group, and Clara Brenner of the Urban Innovation Fund joined RIL Co-Founder Jon Zieger for a candid discussion on how investors can support founders on responsible innovation. They dialed in on the role of venture capital in building and scaling companies, how each fund is approaching responsible innovation, and where there’s alignment and differences in investor views.
Clara Brenner is the Managing Partner of the Urban Innovation Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in the future of cities. Previously, she co-founded Tumml, a startup hub for urban tech. In 2014, Forbes listed her as one of its “30 Under 30” for Social Entrepreneurship. Clara’s work energizing urban entrepreneurship has been featured in numerous press outlets, including MSNBC and TechCrunch, among others.Learn more
Quentin Clark is a Managing Director and Investor at General Catalyst, after a long operating career as former CTO of Dropbox, CTO and CBO at SAP, and CVP at Microsoft. He has worked on products, product strategy, definition and planning, engineering, growth, organization and business development. Adviser to companies at all scales, Quentin led GC’s investments in Minio, Eightfold AI, Aviatrix, Glean, Neon and others.Learn more
Tim Wang is a Managing Partner at the Westly Group in 2015 and helps manage the firm’s deal flow and due diligence process. He led Westly’s investments into Luminar, Uplight, RapidSOS, Aquicore, T-REX, and others. Prior to joining the Westly Group, Tim was a Co-Founder and Head of Business Development at a China-based financial technology start-up, ChinaScope, where he raised $5M from Moody’s Corporation. Tim began his career as an analyst at S&P Capital IQ, a leading financial data provider for financial institutions and advisory firms.Learn more
Laura Weidman Powers is a Partner at Base10. She leads portfolio services and operations for the fund’s Advancement Initiative, the firm's $250M growth fund designed to close the endowment gap at America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Previously, she was Head of Impact at Echoing Green and Co-Founder and CEO of Code2040. She served in the Obama Administration as senior advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer and on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.Learn more
Jon is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Responsible Innovation Labs. Previously, he was the General Counsel and Head of Global Policy at Stripe, where he oversaw all legal and policy affairs for the company and oversaw a team of experts to help Stripe expand globally, ensure compliance with global legal and regulatory requirements and strengthen the company’s ability to simplify complexities in the global financial system.Learn more
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