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Luc Sterckx | Corporate Governance from Startup to Scale-up

Luc Sterckx

Luc Sterckx holds a MSc and a PhD in Chemical Engineering and is an Insead-certified international director. He is an active Board member, president, and company consultant.

“Reality indicates that small companies struggle to find the ‘right’ corporate governance suiting their particular needs efficiently.”

Good governance is essential to the success of startups and scale-ups. In his book Corporate Governance from Startup to Scale-up Luc Sterckx provides firsthand advice on how early-stage companies can be governed in an efficient and workable manner, regardless of their limited financial resources.

Briefly and concisely explain in plain language what the book is about.

This book provides firsthand advice on how early-stage companies can be governed in an efficient and workable manner, regardless of their limited financial and human resources, including transitioning from a startup to a scale-up.

What or who inspired you to choose this topic?

I have personally witnessed that good governance substantially contributes to the success of startups and scale-ups. Reality indicates however that such small companies struggle to find the “right” corporate governance suiting their particular needs efficiently. Hence this topic and book.

Do you have any reading suggestions to share (books, blogs, journals, …) for anyone who wants to know more about the subject?

The subject of corporate governance for smaller companies has only recently been getting some attention – hence references are very scarce.

How did the writing process for this book go? Did you experience anything surprising, amusing or strange?

Having been involved actively in startups for many decades, it gave me great pleasure but occasionally also regrets thinking about the good and bad experiences in these adventures. It helped me to finalize a very hands-on and practice-based must-read book for startups and early-stage companies, pursuing growth and professionalization.

What would you like readers to remember about your book?

Good corporate governance is not a “nice-to-have” for startups and scale-ups, it is a “must-have” for success.

Do you have any plans yet for another publication? What will it be about?

Not concretely yet. Possibly on extending corporate governance towards the mid-sized company beyond scale-up.