How VC-Backed Companies Can Mitigate #MeToo Risk

By Courtney Worcester, Michael Thompson and Jasmine Coo (February 21, 2019, 1:53 PM EST) -- The #MeToo and Time's Up movements have placed boards of directors in the spotlight for how quickly and thoroughly they respond to allegations of sexual assault, sexual harassment and other improper behavior by founders, executives and employees.

While public companies have had their share of struggles responding to such allegations, venture capital-backed startups, especially in their early stages, face unique challenges in addressing such allegations.

For example, while well-established private or public companies have a succession plan and executives who can step in if a chief executive officer is placed on leave or resigns, early stage startups often do not. The...

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