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...
True entrepreneurs wrestle the future and bring it to us as they are the commercialization propellant of innovation.
Entrepreneurs create efficiencies, make things easier/better and sometimes even save lives. They also bring us entertainment, fun, fashion and better pie. These are an amazing people to know because they are generally glass half-full, forward-thinking builders who want to make a positive change in the world.
As we previously had a bit of fun withventure capitalist personality pro...
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...
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...
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...