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Category Archive for "Innovation"

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.…

Some illiberal truths about innovation policy

Aug 01 2016

Another week, another article in the Globe & Mail fawning over Navdeep Bains, the federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.…

A riposte to Balsillie

Mar 25 2016

Just because you are wealthy does not mean that you are wise. Another week, another rant from Jim Balsillie in the Globe…

Seasonal Rant

Mar 15 2016

In the spirit of the season, a Rant and best wishes. Happy Festivus, and All the Best for 2015. Neil

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…


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…

A fetish for sticks and bricks.

Mar 11 2016

Everyone wants to support innovators and entrepreneurs. But in 2014, they don’t need “sticks and bricks”, or beautiful buildings that just create…