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...
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...
Getting a “no” from any prospective investor can be hard to take. At first glance, it’s insulting. You’ve poured heart and soul into an idea and after 10 minutes of pitching, the investor doesn’t want to hear more. For the entrepreneur who wears the success or failure of his company as a reflection of their own self-worth, “no” is devastating. To them, it’s like being told that they aren’t a valid human being and that upsets a lot of entrepreneurs.
I am embarrassed to admit t...