Adventure Capital

When: 03 Jul 2023, 14:15-15:30
Where: HoF 1.28 + online
Speaker: Elizabeth Pollman

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This Article traces the history and rise of venture capital and venture-backed startups in the United States from a business law perspective. After lawmakers shaped the enabling environment for venture capital to flourish, corporate and securities law has responded to the rise of venture-backed startups incrementally but with profound effect. Although business law has not always fit easily with the distinctive features of venture capital and startups, it has provided an enormous space in the private realm for venture capital and startups to maneuver with relative freedom. This Article argues that this private realm is a good fit for the needs of innovative companies, but their activity can also create lingering issues of social costs and policy that are difficult to address. Grappling with this reality is essential to continuing to foster a vibrant venture capital ecosystem while also developing a coherent business law response to the current wild era of “adventure capital.”