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Raising Money from Angel Groups in Vancouver (An Unofficial Process Outline)

In today’s post, I address the question: what is the process of raising money from angels / angel investing groups? The process I describe is based on the VANTEC angel group (of which I am a member) as well as e-Fund (a vehicle through which I invest in startups). This process will be similar to what startups experience with other angel groups.

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The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies Review

The last couple of Wednesday’s I have reviewed The Hobbit Pt 1 and Pt 2 so for today’s post I complete my review of the trilogy. If you read my review of the Unexpected Journey I found the movie a snoozefest and a bit too Disney for my liking. My review of The Desolation of Smaug comes to a similar conclusion, at 2 hours and 41 minutes the movie is way too long though it is slightly darker than the first.

Fortunately, The Battle of the Five Armies, at 2 hours and 24 minutes is the shortest of the lot; unfortunately, though it is shorter, it is also less enjoyable than Pt 2 and only slightly more enjoyable than Pt 1.

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Global Catastrophic and Existential Risks

The Wikipedia page on “global catastrophic risks” has the following definition: “A global catastrophic risk is a hypothetical future event that has the potential to damage human well-being on a global scale. Some events could cripple or destroy modern civilization. Any event that could cause human extinction is also known as an existential risk.” Another definition from the “Global Challenges Foundation” is any risk that can eliminate 10% of the population. No points for guessing what percentage of the population dies in an existential risk.

Arthur Raind is particularly concerned about four risks in 2030, two existential and two catastrophic: 1) super-intelligent AI, 2) engineered pandemics, 3) severe climate change, and 4) food scarcity (caused by ocean ecology collapse).

What do you think are the most significant risks that humankind needs to prepare for over the next 15 years?

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Weekly Business Posts Pt. 3

Here are my “Business Links” for the week. The first set of articles pertain to entrepreneurship and angel investing while the second set pertain to tech industry news and analysis. Make sure you scroll to the end for the two bonus references: 1) the “BC Innovation Council Newsletter Directory”, and 2) DBTA list of 100 companies that matter in data.

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A Bold Prediction: (Almost) Free Energy in 20 Years

Today is the second of my “Prediction Saturday” blog posts. The intent of my “Prediction Saturday” posts are to put forward bold predictions about the near future, e.g. 15 – 20 years from now. These tie into the sci-fi novella that I am writing, “2030 ET: Tribulation.” Today I make a bold prediction regarding the future of energy. The prediction is that over the next 20 years, the price of oil will crash as demand for oil will virtually be non-existent. The energy revolution will happen as we learn to efficiently exploit the only fusion reactor that matters, the Sun. Advancements in 3D printing, materials science, and bioengineering will drop the cost per kilowatt of solar and biofuel energy close to zero.

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Race to 40! Progress Update Week 3

Another week has passed. Time for another update on my “Race to 40!” challenge to accomplish three goals I set myself before my 40th birthday on June 26th. Sixteen days of 32 gone. Only 16 left to complete the race and accomplish the goals. This is the half way point!

This week, I score myself: 10/10 on my progress towards Goal 1; 7.5/10 on my progress towards Goal 2; and, 6/10 on my progress towards Goal 3.

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Buntzen Lake and Bears

on a whim, I’ve decided to blog about my favorite pastime in BC, which is going on short treks / long walks with my lovely wife in the beautiful BC countryside. Related to this, I guess I must blog about our paranoia of meeting a bear in the wild.

The first trek that we ever did after we moved to BC in August last year was around Buntzen Lake. The trek itself took us just over two hours. There are some elevation changes over the 10 kilometer walk, but overall the walk itself is not too challenging.

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Another Concept Art Sketch for my 2030 ET Novella

Hint: do not close your browser till you read all the way to the end of the post. There is a surprise at the end that you do not want to miss!

This week I reveal the second sketch produced for my 2030 ET project. The sketch portrays the central protagonist, Arthur Raind, standing in front of the liquid metal mirror in his training room. Arthur is suspicious that someone or something is living in his mirror so decides to give it a poke with his diamond-edged sword to find out! I don’t want to reveal much more as it may spoil your reading experience.

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