Joining any board is an important decision. Without sufficient investigation of the company, industry and people involved, many directors accept these opportunities without sufficient reflection on the possible financial and reputational risks.


“Risk management” is often synonymous with “risk prevention.” Lower risk often means lower returns for those invested in the share market or managing a start up. Today’s risk managers often see their role as helping the company identify and clarify their risk appetite then communicate it across the oraganisation to guide decision making. What role does the board play here?


We talk to Suse Reynolds, executive director of the Angel Association of New Zealand, and Greg Shanahan, managing director of the Technology Investment Network, about how to start investing in early-stage technology and innovation companies in New Zealand.