Why SPIE Photonics is Better for Investors than CES
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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 the SPIE Photonics show in San Francisco to meet vendors,…

What’s Wrong With Canada’s Venture Capital Market

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 has been for startup companies and early stage investors, the…

Beware of ADD Money

Beware of ADD Money

The term ‘respect the money’ in the finance world – particularly within venture capital circles – is frequently used. And it’s sound advice. Any group or individual willing to put up the capital, which will allow you to pursue a new venture, must be respected. And you ‘respect the money’ by following through on what…

Betterment Bettering the Wealth Management Business with Big Data
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Betterment Bettering the Wealth Management Business with Big Data

Betterment is a web-based money management company that previously raised $13 million – $3 million in its Series A back in 2010, and $10 million in Series B in the last quarter of 2012. You can think of the company as a financial advisor, except that it is completely online and highly automated. Betterment is…