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 […]

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 […]

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.

Does Canada Need Another Accelerator?

You may have already heard the news – Canada is getting a new tech accelerator. I am extremely excited to be working with the team behind GrowLab and the amazing group of mentors, investors and supporters who have committed to building something pretty sweet here in Canada. I have had the opportunity to work with […]

Two Months as a VC

I originally planned on writing a post titled “Two Weeks as a VC” sharing my early experiences in this new world, but things got a little busy as I was able to hit the ground running. As anyone who has a blog says at this time of year – I hope to make blogging a […]

A New Path for Venture Capital in Canada?

Jevon MacDonald wrote a great post about the venture capital industry in Canada. In it, he highlighted how we tried to follow our “big brother” to the south and raised some large funds just like the big boys on Sandhill Road, but failed. Jevon proposes that it is now time to forge ahead with our […]