by Matt McGovern
Today Matt Hermann, Senior Managing Director of Ascension Ventures, a venture capital firm spoke about his work at a video conference hosted by the Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He provided insights into the ways that venture capitalists evaluate new companies and the qualities that make good corporate leaders and legal counsel for venture capital firms. He said the best lawyers have:
- Business acumen
- Technical knowledge about the field
- Great communication skills; and
He particularly stressed the importance of creative thinking to help clients achieve success within the regulatory constraints of their industry. Mr. Hermann recommended A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink. The book predicts that creativity will become one of the most important assets of successful people in the future.
At the moment, the book is checked out of the Falvey Library. You may request it via interlibrary loan.
More resources for venture capitalists can be found through the library.