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Category Archives: Startups

Forget About Lean. It’s All About Lunch for Startups

There are lots of different “secrets” for startups to be successful. There’s the lean approach, minimal viable products (MVP), bootstrapping, crowdsourcing, strategic seed capital, etc. But in working closely with startups, here’s a key ingredient few people talk about: lunch. … Continue reading

You’ve Raised Venture Capital, Now What?

For many startup entrepreneurs, raising their first venture capital round is like winning the Super Bowl. It validates what they’re doing, their vision and all the hard work that’s happened. When the deal is signed, there are lots of high … Continue reading

Snapshot of a VC Deal: Clio Raises $6-million

Who: Vancouver-based Clio, which¬†offers cloud-based management tools for the legal industry. How much: $6-million in a deal led by Acton Capital Partners, a Munich-based¬†growth equity investor, as well as existing investors, including Berlin-based Point Nine Capital, an early stage investor. … Continue reading

Keeping the Faith While Raising Venture Capital

I met with an entrepreneur for lunch recently who had just completed raising a modest series A round. Curious, I asked about the most challenging part of the process. His answer was maintaining the faith in your startup’s vision. It … Continue reading

The Week in Startup Land: Edition #1

With so much happening within the startup landscape, I’ve decided to do a weekly recap featuring Canadian startup news, as well as interesting startup-related blog posts. If you have any suggestions or items you’d like to add, let me know. … Continue reading

Startups: What’s Your Wow Factor?

What’s your wow factor? What impresses, captivates or even blows people away when they experience your product for the first time? It’s a question startups need to ask themselves in a world in which first impressions can mean everything. With … Continue reading