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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-916549-6
    • 7.0 x 10.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 228 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-916550-2
    • 7.0 x 10.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 228 pages
  • Keywords
    • Corporate governance,
    • Private equity,
    • Venture capital,
    • Angel investor,
    • Board of directors,
    • Start-up advisors,
    • Entrepreneurial finance

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Founder's Guide to Governance
Beyond a Good Idea
by Michael J. Robinson

Founding a business is among the most difficult, lonely, and rewarding challenges a person will ever undertake. A founder can better manage their personal stress and significantly increase their chances of success if they develop effective governance practices that help attract the resources needed to fuel corporate growth. As a founder this book will help you develop corporate structures and processes that support your business as its grows, transforming your corporation from good to great. If you provide guidance to a founder as an investor, advisor, or director, this book will allow you to help your founder build a scalable governance structure at a relatively low cost; a structure that will address the increased complexity of the corporation as it matures. Based upon academic research and industry best practices, this innovative book includes insights from leading participants in Canada’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. After reading this book, you will understand how governance is a strategic resource to help manage your corporation’s risk and accelerate its growth. Founder’s Guide to Governance provides a foundation for business success.

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After receiving his B. Math (Computer Science) degree from the University of Waterloo, Michael Robinson began his career working in technical roles at an early-stage start-up. He transitioned to a career as a finance academic after receiving his MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario. Currently a Professor in the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, he has been studying entrepreneurial finance and governance issues for over 30 years. Dr. Robinson is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder and a certified corporate director (ICD.D). Beyond his academic qualifications, he has practical experience dealing with private equity governance issues through angel investing, working as a venture capitalist, and serving on private equity boards. He has educated many members of the Canadian entrepreneurial ecosystem both by serving as the first Site Lead for the Creative Destruction Lab Rockies program, and as the Academic Director of governance programs offered by the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Canadian Venture Capital Association. He has created the website to serve as a resource for founders and their supporters.


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