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Let the Sparks Fly!

Adventures in Start-ups and Technology

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Summer’s over, but it feels a little like spring…

Thu, 22 Sep 2011 20:39:14 -0400

Normally this is the time of the year that really stresses me out. It is late September in Ontario, summer is over, the leaves are starting to change colour, and while it is still pretty nice out, it’s real clear...

Kickstarting an industry

Fri, 01 May 2009 14:22:04 -0400

Last month, I was lucky enough to join about 250 other attendees at Kinnernet 2009, a “Foo-type” Internet geek camp/ un-conference held on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. Kinnernet is a by-invitation networking event hosted by...

Mobile Fireworks

Wed, 07 Nov 2007 17:17:57 -0500

Yesterday was the 5th of November, or better known as Guy Fawkes day in England and many commonwealth countries. Guy Fawkes is celebrated with fireworks and bonfires and commemorates the day when that crazy man, Mr Fawkes, tried to blow...

More "Bill Gateses", not more graduates

Mon, 26 Feb 2007 16:59:27 -0500

The press in Canada has been full of articles about how Bill Gates thinks that if Canada and the US want to stay ahead, they should "focus on improving the quality of education and expanding the number of young people...

Startup Crisis

Thu, 22 Feb 2007 16:38:26 -0500

So, when do you panic? As an investor in many startups, we are always dealing with a major crisis in one of our companies. The reality of startups is that it is actually part of the normal process to have...

VC Industry Lessons

Sat, 18 Nov 2006 14:56:44 -0500

I have recently returned from a 10 day trip to Israel with my partners at Brightspark. We were busy the entire trip with meetings every day including some touring as well. It was a wonderful opportunity to see the Israeli...

Capital Efficiency

Mon, 13 Nov 2006 16:27:39 -0500

There has been lots of talk lately about whether the venture capital model is “broken”. It is quite a complicated question (with no obvious answer) that I will leave to others more adept at statistical analysis than me to try...

Angels and VCs

Fri, 03 Nov 2006 11:55:44 -0500

I have attended a number of early-stage investment conferences over the past month and I've taken note of some common themes and controversial comments that I thought I would share over the coming days. The most controversial comment I heard...

Banff Venture Forum

Tue, 26 Sep 2006 13:02:28 -0400

Last week, I had a chance to attend the Banff Venture Forum in Banff, Alberta. This conference gives young technology companies the opportunity to present to early-stage investors. The conference was well attended by Angel investor groups, university commercialization groups,...

Back to Techies Land

Wed, 13 Sep 2006 10:12:29 -0400

Entering into Fall (it sure feels like Fall with close to freezing point temperatures in Montreal last night), back from vacation with the kids, I am attending Fall VON in Boston this week. It is very busy, as one could...