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When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with VCs?

(Originally posted on nextview Ventures) As the seed-stage startup fundraise process has received more transparency in recent years, ranging from published advice on how to raise seed capital to increased availability through AngelList, Funders Club, and various accelerator programs, I’ve noticed another trend emerging. In short, more and more entrepreneurs are signaling their price expectations […]

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Closing the gap in Canadian Exits

(Originally posted in StartupCFO) Techvibes reposted some extensive research from the folks at MaRS on exit outcomes in Canada along with a long list of observations and recommendations for all of us building startups in Canada. There’s much I dislike about this research. For one thing, it’s all very backwards-looking. Also, seeking the insights of […]

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The Paradox of Trust, Vulnerability and Leadership

Originally published in Switch and Shift We usually think of great leaders as strong, unflappable, all-knowing, all-confident and ready to forge ahead. They have all the answers, they know where they are going, and we trust them without doubt and question. Wrong! Great leaders are strong but don’t hide all their emotions. They know a […]

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The Internet is Broken

Thought Leader Profile – Shane Greenup [Australia] Shane wears many hats. Entrepreneur, philosopher, scientist, skeptic, futurist, traveller and much more. He is the founder of Rbutr, a community driven system which maps links between webpages where the content of one page is a critical response to the other. The content may be directly arguing against […]

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Don’t let Probable trump Possible

I don’t buy lottery tickets. Perhaps I should. When it’s the huge MegaMillions® I think about it, but I don’t.  Why? Because, while it is definitely Possible that I could win, it’s not highly Probable. We interchangeably use Possible and Probable or view them as ‘either/or’ options instead of ‘and/both’.      Let’ break down this artificial distinction!  One way […]

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Proximity for the People

We live in a radio-interconnected world where our laptop computers and tablets communicate over WiFi, our phones and increasingly vehicles connect to high-speed wireless LTE networks and Bluetooth allows us to send music across the room. New wearable fitness devices use Bluetooth low-energy, also known as Bluetooth Smart to sync our smartphones to the daily […]