Ep.1 Boardroom Governance Podcast. Joe Grundfest: “Without Luck, Nothing Good Happens.”

Evan Epstein
2 min readMay 21, 2020

This week I launched my new podcast “Boardroom Governance with Evan Epstein” featuring in-depth interviews with leading corporate governance experts, including world-class founders, scholars, board members, executives, investors and more. The content is structured as a friendly, long-form, open-ended conversation to explore not only the latest corporate governance trends, but also highlighting personal insights from some of the best and brightest minds behind America’s boardrooms.

The inaugural episode features Professor Joseph A. Grundfest, from Stanford Law School. We discuss his career and experience as a securities regulator, scholar, founder, corporate director and legal advisor. We also discuss some governance hot topics, such as federal-forum selection charter provisions and the Sciabacucchi case, Elon Musk’s personal coverage of insurance for Tesla’s directors, ESG matters, and the treatment of conflicts of interests in early stage Silicon Valley startup companies vis-a-vis conflicts in publicly-traded companies.

You can listen to the episode directly on the show’s website (where you can find the episode notes), or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and more. Hope you enjoy it!

Author: Evan Epstein
Founder & Managing Partner
Pacifica Global Corporate Governance

Executive Director Center for Business Law | Adjunct Professor
University of California, Hastings College of the Law


Pacifica Global was founded in San Francisco to serve as a leading corporate governance advisory firm. The mission of Pacifica Global is to help founders, executives, directors and investors solve some of their most complex corporate governance conflicts and challenges.

The Center for Business Law at UC Hastings was founded with the mission of bringing together leading scholars, business leaders, practitioners, regulators and students to engage in the study, teaching and practice of business law at UC Hastings. The Center aims to be the leading business law venue in San Francisco, one of the world’s great centers of commerce, finance and technology.



Evan Epstein

Exec Dir & Adj Prof, University of California, Hastings / Founder, Pacifica Global / 🎙 http://boardroom-governance.com / 📝 https://evanepstein.substack.com/