The Ultimate Test

With having hundreds of meetings with entrepreneurs under my belt I’ve realized a single question that constantly enters my mind. This question has risen in importance to the point of becoming a huge red flag, and likely a deal killer, if the answer isn’t “Yes.” That question is: “Could I see myself going to work […]

Hatching Twitter

I recently read Nick Bilton’s new book, Hatching Twitter. I confess that I am a sucker for these kind of books. I could read about the founding of startups all day. Inside Intel, eBoys, The Accidental Billionaires, Delivering Happiness and The PayPal Wars are some of my favorites. Jessica¬†Livingston’s books, Founders at Work and Venture […]

Risk Tolerance

If there is one thing in Canadian startup land I have heard repeatedly since moving back from California it is in regards to the lack of ‘risk tolerance’ of VCs here. When I was on the operational side of things I didn’t know many Canadian VCs so I couldn’t really comment, but I heard the […]

The Tough Call on Startup Conferences

A great dialog recently broke out on Twitter after this tweet from Debbie Landa¬†calling out Alberta and Quebec startups to step up and have a presence at the upcoming GROW conference in Vancouver. Having my home in Alberta I immediately put the call out to a number of the great startups currently in the province. […]

Being a Hustler is Not Enough

Often the startup community attaches itself to buzzwords. We all know them. Growth hacker, lean, gamification, pivot, MVP, viral, ninja, disruptive, etc. I, and you, have been guilty of using them. These terms are not bad by nature and most have real meaning behind them. However, often they start becoming ubiquitous terms that lose their […]

A Young VC – Destined for Failure?

My friend, and blogger extraordinaire, Mark MacLeod wrote a post today about whether you would take money from a 28 year old after Matrix Partners named Jared Flieser a partner. His overall opinion is that he would not take money from a 28 year old or, to extrapolate from that, a young VC is destined […]

What is Attractive to a VC?

I have been neglecting this blog way too long and it is time to get back in to it. I had a nice reminder by someone today who mentioned that I haven’t updated it for a while. Having one reader was enough encouragement to put a post together! This is going to be a short […]

Talk To Us When You Have Traction

This is probably one of the most common phrases you hear from venture capitalists. It has become the de facto phrase from an investor that really isn’t interested in your startup, but wants to let you down easy. I make a conscious effort to avoid taking this backdoor, but I know that I have been […]

The Changing Landscape of Venture Capital

There has been a lot of discussion recently on the changing landscape of venture funding and what it is leading to. I thought that it would be worth digging into this a bit and, as most of the discussion and data is from the United States, put a Canadian spin on it as well.