I have been a finance professional for 35 years and a venture capitalist and strategic advisor since 1996. I am an outspoken advocate of best practices in board governance and have written three freely available white papers and numerous articles on this topic because I believe that good governance is good business. I have strong public policy interests, which I have continued to develop through my life membership in the Council on Foreign Relations, through 20 years of active involvement with the Aspen Institute (principally the Socrates Society), and as a director of the National Venture Capital Association (2007-2011). I believe in religious pluralism and that diversity is essential to breakthrough innovation across many disciplines and pursuits. I’ve been a vintner since 2000 and belong to the Napa Valley Vintners as well as Appellation St. Helena. This blog is meant to share my views with others, and I invite your comments.