Quick update on my novella, the ProtoHack competition, and my first startup!

Hi All,

I thought I would give you a quick update on my novella (“2030 ET: Tribulation”), ProtoHack Vancouver (a “hackathon” I have entered in), and my first in-progress tech startup. It is, as ever, your support that keeps me going. Thanks again for the words of encouragement and your belief in me.

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VANTEC Process Outline 2

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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Love-Business-Triangle

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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Love-Business-Triangle

Weekly Business Posts Pt. 2

My “business articles” for the week include (amongst others): Walmart’s foray into grocery deliver in partnership with Uber and Lyft; the war to integrate third party services into Alexa, Google Now and Siri heats up; changes in the VC environment and what it means for startups; why the “bust” of the tech boom may not be such a bad thing; and, why everyone in the tech industry should not learn to code.

Want to learn about Brownies, Centaurs, Djinns, Griffins, Wyrms and more?! Make sure to check out the bonus reference: The beasts of Silicon Valley!

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Funding by Startup Stage

Angel Investing: Sources of Funding by Startup Stage

Today I begin a series of posts on Angel Investing. Over the last several months I have enjoyed attending several events around Vancouver, networking with angels and entrepreneurs. At these events, I find that I get asked a lot of the same questions from young entrepreneurs looking to raise seed money from angel investors. If I get to the heart of their questions, the questions can be reduced to two, which I paraphrase below:
1. I’ve got a great idea that I am working on; how can I raise money to get my “work in progress” product/service ready to take to market?
2. What is the process of raising money from angels/angel investing groups?

The intent of this posts is to answer the first of the two questions above. In my next Angel Investing post (scheduled for June 16th) I will answer the second question. In future posts, I will also post about deals from the perspective of an angel (e.g. what is an angel looking for in a startup company? what are the motivations of an angel investor?). However, from recent experience, I feel there is still a requirement to educate young/first time entrepreneurs on some of the basics of fundraising for early stage start-ups (covered in this post) and on the process of raising funds from an angel investor and/or angel investor group (to be covered on June 16th).

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