New nonprofit promotes ‘responsible’ startup innovation

A brand new nonprofit goals to assist fast-growth corporations construct their companies by contemplating societal and environmental impacts from the outset. Accountable Innovation Labs, based by Hemant Taneja, a managing director at enterprise agency Common Catalyst, and former Stripe executives Jon Zieger and Diede van Lamoen, will assist founders innovate with financial inclusion, environmental sustainability, workforce range, privateness, and “intentionality and affect.”

“I’ve been investing for 20 years now and when you consider the position of know-how … it’s develop into one of the highly effective forces, if not essentially the most highly effective drive for shaping change in society,” Taneja says. Provides Zieger: “We take into consideration this as turning good intentions into sensible motion and rigorous requirements.”

Lately, giant companies have embraced stakeholder capitalism—the notion the aim of an organization is to serve workers, clients, suppliers, and communities, along with shareholders—and a few giant public inventory holders are factoring environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics into investing selections. However Taneja maintains that corporations want to contemplate social duty within the earliest levels of their improvement. “Our sturdy perception is that the ESG motion just isn’t ample for the world,” he says. “In case you are sitting in a boardroom, enthusiastic about your ESG technique it’s in all probability too late.”


Zieger says Accountable Innovation Labs hopes to supply startups with instruments much like the decision-making frameworks he skilled at digital funds large Stripe, the place he labored as normal counsel from 2012 to 2020. “When the corporate would cope with advanced moral points…[founder Patrick Collison] and the administration workforce would have interaction in a technique of inquisition, and discuss to many leaders on these matters, doing a model of what we’re proposing to do at scale at Accountable Innovation Labs.” (Common Catalyst led Stripe’s sequence B fundraising spherical; earlier this yr the corporate raised a sequence H spherical that valued it at $95 billion.)

The nonprofit introduced a high-powered advisory board to assist develop its constitution. Board members embody Toyin Ajayi, cofounder and president, Cityblock; Neil Blumenthal, cofounder and co-CEO, Warby Parker; Jim Breyer, founder and CEO, Breyer Capital; Rachel Carlson, cofounder and CEO, Guild Schooling; Ken Chenault, chairman and managing director, Common Catalyst; Ken Frazier, former CEO, Merck; Jon Iwata, government fellow, Yale Faculty of Administration; Maurice Jones, CEO, OneTen; Youngme Moon, a professor of enterprise at Harvard Enterprise Faculty; Josh Reeves, cofounder and CEO, Gusto; and Glen Tullman, CEO, Transcarent.