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Today's Capital Markets for Tech

Posted by Warren Bergen on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, In : Business 

The early stage capital markets are in constant motion. Low oil prices have shuttered the investing wallets of many Alberta business owners as they deal with the negative market impacts assaulting their businesses. Sometimes that’s actually true and other times it’s a very convenient excuse to decline a deal. The latter half of 2014 and the start of 2015 has tested the resolve of many entrepreneurs as they attempt to capitalize their businesses. Alberta still sees many tech startups get t...


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Doomed to Fail? The Top Three Concerns Entrepreneurs Ignore Until It's Too Late

Posted by Warren Bergen on Thursday, July 24, 2014, In : Business 

Everybody knows that most startups fail, but are still shocked when it happens to them. They’re often bitter first and then depressed before eventually having the strength to try again.

The reasons for the failure can be selected from a long list, but usually it boils down to these top three simple lessons.

 

Limited Ability to Sell

Ask any venture capitalist or active angel who has invested in at least 50 companies this question: “How many companies of those invested actually hit their proje...


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5 Venture Capital Personality Types

Posted by Warren Bergen on Thursday, June 12, 2014, In : Business 

TOP 5 VC Personality Profiles

People often try to peg venture capitalists with a singular definition based on one experience, something they heard or just general perception. And entrepreneurs that pursue venture capital often don’t care which firm offers capital, as long as it gets offered. More selective entrepreneurs are more selective and seek those firms with great references from existing investees. The most selective entrepreneur will target specific general partners within the righ...


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Beautiful, Necessary Failure

Posted by Warren Bergen on Thursday, September 26, 2013, In : Business 

Jason’s heart skipped a beat when an 8-9-10 flop hit the poker table. His cards lay face down in front of him, but he was sure he held a 7 and a Jack which gave him a straight. Everyone folded to his modest raise except for Phil, who paused for a minute before calling the raise. Jason celebrated in his head as he began to smell a big win coming his way. Careful not to scare Phil off the hand, Jason made the next raise only moderately larger. Phil twisted in his seat and arched his back to c...


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Agriculture fertile ground for venture capitalists

Posted by Warren Bergen on Thursday, September 26, 2013, In : Business 

 In a hundred coffee shops right now, there are highly intelligent engineers talking about the next thing in mobile, or if there is still time to get in on big data. They love this stuff, but a lot of them are trying to find a wave of venture capital interest instead of seeking to create real value or even pursue a passion.

Creating a start-up by trying to catch a wave of en vogue financing is almost always a sure way to fail. There is a new wave coming, but it is driven by need and not by wha...


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Is Your VC Strong?

Posted by Warren Bergen on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, In : Business 

CALGARY, AB, May. 4, 2013/ Troy Media/ – For a start-up that takes its fundraising seriously, it has to allow its CEO to tackle the project full-time for up to a year. The founders have studied the due diligence requirements ahead of the process and they approach the investment community in an orderly and structured fashion. The founders and CEO work hard to listen to the needs of the investors and respond with the same enthusiasm as they provide to the customers of their product or service...


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Dear Entrepreneur: Read This and You Just Might Survive

Posted by Warren Bergen on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, In : Business 
“And now, the end is near and so I face the final curtain.”
Frank Sinatra

In a normal market environment, it is difficult to raise capital for an early stage technology company and that is usually a good thing. A process requiring significant effort on behalf on the entrepreneur to raise capital will motivate the worthy founder and team to better prepare themselves than those competing for the same investment dollars. However, we currently are not in a normal market as we are all witnessi...

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