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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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Five Distinct Entrepreneur Personality Types and How They Each Run Their Startups

Posted by Warren Bergen on Sunday, September 21, 2014, In : Business 

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...


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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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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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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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