What they say
Warren Bergen is an award-winning entrepreneur, investor, corporate advisor and has directly raised or assisted in the capital raise for many growing businesses. He has participated directly with early stage ventures for over 15 years and has raised growth capital from venture capitalists, accredited investors, private equity groups and public markets. He was the Executive Director of Alberta Deal Generator, a network of venture capitalists, private equity and angel investors. He is a former board member of the National Angel Capital Organization and has participated as a guest lecturer and panelist at many investment conferences. He is currently Vice President, Corporate Development, AVAC Ltd., a company that has invested over $100Million in promising early-stage businesses in agri-value, ICT, life science, and other industrial technology sectors.
What I say
That which is written above is nice. It's true, however, it isn't real. Bios tend to showcase the high points, the awards and accomplishment. They're like dessert, but made only with toppings. They're the whipped cream, chocolate shavings and drizzled caramel. They don't give you the rest. The grinding, struggle, adversity and occassional failure. I've seen maybe 1,000 deals over the past decade and have seen a pattern of mistakes that many entrepreneurs make that keep them unfunded. That gives me something to say. Am I special? No. Have I been involved in a lot of early stage companies? Yes. Did I get it right every time I tried a venture or made an investment? You've got to be kidding. I've had my share of entrepreneurial exploits. Some of it was incredible, some of it was really terrible. The point is, I'm just a guy that loves entrepreneurs and wants them to do well. An astonishing number of companies fail. If you need to know how to increase your chances, this blog just might help you.