Venture Capital

What I Learned This Week: Avoid Asshole Ammunition

Andy Nulman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

Giving up the reigns puts someone else in the driver's seat, which is a guaranteed recipe for calamity. Trust me, every pitch you'll make will be challenged... but the longer your maintain control, the more powerful a base (and shield) you build. What's more, you may inadvertently address, even eliminate, someone's genuine concern as your presentation rolls on to its finish.

This Modest Canadian Is Learning the Language of Silicon Valley

Leah Eichler | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada Business
Leah Eichler

Within a week of picking up my family and relocating to San Francisco to give my company an international leg up, I met with a local venture capitalist. Yet, within five minutes of actually sitting down with the venture capitalist, I knew things were not going my way.

Change Is on the Horizon For Canadian Venture Capital

Michael Cayley | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Business
Michael Cayley

Despite a few Wattpad sized deals, with government (or quasi-government) backed funds filling a void of private investors, all the evidence suggests that venture markets in Canada are not working as they should.

WATCH: Canada's Digital Entrepreneurs Need Global Ambition

Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Business

The only thing lacking from Canada's next generation of digital entrepreneurs is global ambition, says Marcus Daniels managing director of Extreme Sta...

Do You Know The Social Media Secret?

Mitch Joel | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada Living
Mitch Joel

The San Francisco based startup Secret (that was founded by two former Google and Square employees) is getting tons of attention, followers and fans. In short, you can write anything that's on your mind, add photos or colors to the background and customize this content while being able to share it, free of judgment, and without attaching any of your personal information or profile to it.

Pro-Markets Not Pro-Business: There's a Difference

Sean Speer | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Business
Sean Speer

The government's "Venture Capital Action Plan" ignores Canadian evidence that shows government-sponsored venture capital is ineffective. More fundamentally though, it represents a further blurring of the lines between pro-market and pro-business government policy.

Toronto vs. K-W: Why Should Techies Have to Choose?

Pat Lynch | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada
Pat Lynch

For most of us, the idea of a two-hour commute, twice daily, is nuts. But both Rodgers and Samuell have their reasons for taking on that heroic morning haul: They love where they work and they love where they play.

Be a Changemaker Not a Rockstar

Ilan Saks | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Impact
Ilan Saks

Not enough young people believe they can change the world on a global scale. The problem is a mindset problem, and one I believe is more dire than some might think. Too many young entrepreneurs think they're rock stars by launching another social network, or naming themselves the CEO of the world's 498th messaging app. Honestly, they're probably wasting their time.

What Type of Entrepreneur Are You?

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada
Eric Quon-Lee

One can easily see the allure of focusing on millennial entrepreneurs. Their youth and inexperience allows them develop innovative solutions and ideas and their low overhead enables to them to work on what Y Combinator's Paul Graham famously called the "ramen diet" where the only food entrepreneurs can afford is ramen noodles.

Why Your URL Bar Matters, and Why Silicon Valley Should Take Note

Neil Seeman | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada
Neil Seeman

If you use the Internet, you've likely used something in the last month, but it's not something at the top of your lips: the URL bar. It's also called...

Three Predictions About the Internet That (Kind of) Came to Pass

Neil Seeman | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada Business
Neil Seeman

In this era of Big Data, three visions of the future of the Internet have crystallized. Depending on which vision emerges as correct will impact knowledge-generation forever. There's the Zuckerberg Vision, the Tim Berners-Lee Vision and the Jimmy Wales Vision.

The Harper Government's Crony Capitalism

Mark Milke | Posted 03.26.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

In just the first two weeks of January, the prime minister announced another $250 million for the Automotive Innovation Fund -- a federal subsidy program that provides the auto sector with taxpayer cash for research and development. I say let companies duke it out without taxpayers being forced into the ring.

Your Start-Up Business: A Dragon's Tips on the Big Pitch

Karen Geier | Posted 03.24.2013 | Canada Business
Karen Geier

I sat down with Bruce Croxon from Dragon's Den and Round 13 Capital to talk about his perspective on the state of funding. We speak about some of the biggest traps people fall into when pitching venture capitalists.

Your Start-Up Business: It Starts With a Tweet

Karen Geier | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada Business
Karen Geier

This week, I talked with Heather Payne, Co-Founder of Ladies Learning Code, a Toronto-based organization with the goal to empower women to learn how to program, and understand tech better. It all started when Heather Payne, fresh off learning how to build her first personal website, wanted to learn a backend language. She couldn't find great resources, and found it hard to get started.

Your Start-Up Business: The Art and Science of Cold Calling

Karen Geier | Posted 11.10.2012 | Canada Business
Karen Geier

When you're with a start-up and you run into a problem you can't solve, what do you do? The obvious answer is you turn to someone who has built a business before. What if you don't have someone like this in your sphere of influence? Well, that's where cold calling (or emailing) comes in. But people have an irrational fear of cold calling. Here's how to get the most out of a cold call.

Your Start-Up Business: Taking Advice vs. Listening to Your Gut

Karen Geier | Posted 10.09.2012 | Canada Business
Karen Geier

In the earliest stages of our start-up, we decided to pull in the opinions and advice of experts. We were eager to hear different perspectives from our own. It became clear early on, however, that we would need to navigate through the advice using our best judgement. Remember: One of the things only you and your team can bring to this business is your unique perspective.

Are Startups The Future Of Media?

Mitch Joel | Posted 08.26.2012 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

If you take a serious look at the media world, there are only a handful of significant players. While it may be easy to define "significant" as a company doing interesting things, it's more practical to look at the media landscape. Last time I checked, no media company was behind the creation of Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or any other new media darling du jour. My guess is that they'll be investors as soon as they physically can be.