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Category Archive for "Funding & Financing"

Avoid Trump-cosis, and ask “what will rational people do”

Feb 05 2017

Many folks I know are driving themselves crazy watching Trump, raving about his actions, and speculating about what he will do next.…

Patent trolls are here to stay

Mar 13 2016

Patent trolls are here to stay Here are some fundamental truths: Patents are not self-enforcing, nor does the state enforce your patent…

The future of Venture Capital is old folks

Mar 12 2016

VC +  pension funds = a great match Traditional venture capital funds have a massive structural problem: their time horizons are far too…

Crowdlosing

Mar 12 2016

I am no angel, but I know a thing or two about losing money as an angel investor. Hopefully I have learned…

Misinforming people about patents

Mar 12 2016

We face a crisis of ignorance about intellectual property – seriously, more people know less about IP than any other core business…

Venture capital myths

Mar 11 2016

Is there really a ‘shortage’ of venture capital? If so, where is the evidence? If there is a problem, is this something…

Smart people, dumb money

Mar 11 2016

Our securities laws are premised on a myth. This myth is that rich people know how to invest. They don’t. Worse, even…

Salaries that are out of this world – from MaRS really.

Mar 10 2016

The CEO of MaRS Discovery District (an incubator in downtown Toronto) is paid an astonishing $500,000 plus pension and benefits. This is…

Angel investing cannot be charity investing.

Mar 10 2016

Angel investing cannot be charity investing. Angels need to earn a return on their investment commensurate with the risk that they take,…

Most start-ups are terrible investments

Mar 10 2016

Milton’s First Law of Angel Investing: Most Start-ups Are Terrible Investments. Start-ups start small, weak, and of no real value, and they…