June 3, 2015 “Until recently, most small businesses’ outlays on technology tended to be to acquire software outright to store on in-house computers. But, rather than sitting in a backroom office, many owners today, such as Christina Ruiz, prefer to access business data from mobile devices, wherever they go—from sales trips and client meetings to a day at the beach…” “Owners of small businesses, from clothing retailers to restaurants, are increasingly signing up for subscriptions to cloud-based software, representing a fundamental shift in the way they use technology.” Read full article at WSJ
March 14, 2015 “Investors often wield tremendous influence over a startup—and that can backfire if the relationship between investor and entrepreneur turns bitter. Just ask Virginia Barnett, of Lithia, Fla. Last year, she co-founded Gr8code, a business that offered bootcamp-style computer programming courses for beginners.” Read full article at WSJ
From Vancouver to St. John’s, angels are filling an important gap between friends-and-family financing, venture capital and other sources of funding. They’re investing in emerging innovative companies, fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs and supporting technologies across a wide range of industries and sectors.” Read full article at Globe and Mail
March 12, 2015. “For founders of young companies, marketing is something of a catch-22. Startups need money to advertise. Yet some believe that only by advertising can a business grow and make money.
Social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube can offer startups the chance to expand their audience for little or no money. Yet most founders don’t know how to measure whether they’re getting any return on investment of time spent using these platforms.
On The Accelerators, experienced entrepreneurs and venture capitalists share their opinions on how much founders should spend on marketing their nascent companies, and their views on the marketing strategies most likely to pay off.”
“If you look at the Canadian technology companies, they’re not really that Canadian in a sense — the vast majority of their sales are outside of our country,” said Craig Basinger, chief investment officer at Richardson GMPAs the Canadian dollar has been on something of a relative decline versus its American counterpart, earnings are coming back much larger after trade. This, in essence, quantifies the relationship between the Canadian resource market and Canadian tech stocks, as lower Oil and other commodity prices are causing a relative weakening of the Canadian dollar, which in turn are causing the growing margins on exchange for Canadian tech businesses. You can find John’s article here.
March 2, 2015 “By most measures of wealth and power, the tech sector is one in ascendancy, having assumed a level of influence in the global market and economy not seen since the last tech boom. On Monday, the technology concentrated Nasdaq composite stock index breached a level once associated with the excesses of the dot-com bubble, as the benchmark broke through the 5,000 mark, capping a comeback many once thought impossible. There are important differences distinguishing now from the late-1990s, however, with the valuations of the latest era more supported by solid earnings growth. Also on Monday, Forbes released its annual list of the world’s richest people, showing an increasing representation of tech-based billionaires.” Read full article at Globe & Mail
However, that does not mean I pursue every wearable investment that comes my way. The startups that catch my eye meet specific criteria shaped by the years I spent developing novel medical products that the FDA approved and payers reimbursed. When it comes to saying yes to medical wearable startups, here are the key things I look for:”
Feb 18, 2015 “Many members of The Journal’s Billion Dollar Startup Club are now well-known names, including car-hailing app Uber, messaging-service SnapChat and scrap-booking site Pinterest. But among the 73 global companies valued at $1 billion or more are some lesser-known ones from around the globe. Here are 10:
Latest valuation: $1.5 billion (December 2014)
Total equity funding: $500 million
CEO: Peter van der Does
Year founded: 2006
Peter van der Does had grown weary of apologizing for mistakes he wasn’t responsible for. His startup Bibit processed credit-card payments on behalf of merchants using the the existing technology of established banks. When problems arose—such as double-billing—Bibit was the first place merchants called after customers realized the mistake.”
Read full article at the WSJ