Mark gave a great talk about b5media that he runs with Jeremy Wright here in Toronto. Mark talked about the differences between starting and operating an early stage company in the dot-com boom and now. It was a fun look at how the democratization of technologies have reduced the costs associated with the infrastructure to starting a company. Mark is in great company talking about the cost reductions. Evan Williams of Obvious Corp talked about running Odeo on web apps. Joe Kraus discussed why it’s a great time to be an entrepreneur. Mark along with his plug for mesh conference made a plug for DemoCamp and Third Tuesday to continue to help build the community.
Rick Segal talked about future TVG events including:
From the moment you sign the non-binding, exclusive, confidential, promise not to tell, term sheet, until the glorious moment when you receive your funding’s closing books, you will be subjected to a hailstorm of paperwork which will be potential landmines, that if touched, could blow up your deal. On January 10th, 2007 TVG will present a one of a kind power breakfast entitled ” Avoiding the Landmines”.
The premier Canadian showcase event where over 60 of the brightest and best, carefully screened quality investment opportunities meet Top Tier North American Investors & Angels.
It felt a little strange to be one of the non-suit-wearing and non-tie-wearing individuals in the room, it was a good thing I left my sneaks at home (I was planning on wearing sneaks but decided against it on the way out the door at 7:15am). But I wasn’t alone Tom Purves, Jevon MacDonald, Ryan Coleman, and Matt Dickinson helped bring the dress code down to a funkier level.
The other thing I’ve noticed is that I take way less photos since I switch from my Treo 650 and d-807 combination to the Nokia E62 . I’m still on the look out for the right mobile device for me. The Cingular 8525 looks pretty close. I’m a little concerned about the usability of Windows Mobile. Specially since I’ve used a 700w and been unimpressed with the user experience (and I’ve been told it’s better than most). Time will tell.