startups

This is How Startup Entrepreneurs Take Over Industries

As an early-stage/seed investor in dozens of startups, I’ve seen, and reaped the rewards, of betting on some incredible entrepreneurs with bold visions for their technologies and companies. There are a few commonalities among the hugely successful investments in startups I’ve made over the years. …

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Awesome Interview with Elon Musk at South by Southwest 2018

Elon Musk may be the greatest technologist and visionary of our time. He has guts, intelligence and a great sense of humor (which is often on display on Twitter when his many trolls attack him). And these characteristics of Musk’s were demonstrated this past weekend …

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UFC Heavyweight Title Fight Teaches Entrepreneurs Valuable Lesson

Last night, I watched two incredibly large and talented UFC fighters square off for the Heavyweight Title. There’s something about the heavyweight division, in all combat sports, that draws the attention of any hardcore or fairweather fight fan. It’s likely the sheer force these giant …

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How to Pitch Fortune 100 Companies

No matter how good your tech or service may be, if you can’t pitch it extremely well — in a simple yet powerful way — your business will fail. Selling your idea is as important as the idea itself… Founders everywhere, from all types of …

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Why SPIE Photonics is Better for Investors than CES

Meeting the management of startups is THE way to gauge the worthiness of a possible investment, particularly with technology-related companies… Last week, along with my company which is working on a lens technology that has real game-changing potential in the imaging space, I headed to …

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Why Your Startup Needs Investors

Far too often, after they have struck it big, entrepreneurs complain about the burden of investors and the stressful phone calls with key funders during the ‘early days’. It’s funny how quickly the tide turns. In 2008/2009 every founder in Silicon Valley was desperate for …

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What’s Wrong With Canada’s Venture Capital Market

Despite an epic 5-year bull run for America’s venture capital and small-cap market, Canada’s has been butchered in recent years. Starting 4 years ago, almost to the day, Canada’s small-cap market began a historical and frustrating decline. For some context on just how bad it …

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Go Mobile or Go Broke

In 2005 we discovered an innovative way to generate newsletter subscribers using press releases. We were early adopters of this strategy and it worked incredibly well. In fact, the cost to generate a lead was about $0.06 per. And we were generating subscribers by the …

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Google’s $500 Million Secret

I get excited when it comes to startup tech companies with disruptive concepts. These days, that means I’m getting excited a lot – almost every time I get a news alert about the latest major Series B going down somewhere in the world. With that …

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What Cloud Computing Means for Startup Financing

Guest post from Andy Barkett, CTO for the Republican National Committee and the CEO of Getexp, Inc. Before Instagram became Facebook’s golden child, it was a small startup, raising only $500,000 in its first seed round. The company operated with 16 employees at its largest, …

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