Because Startups Need Each Other

Reposting my StartupNorth post. “Because startup entrepreneurs need each other.” The Philly Startup Leaders have published a manifesto for startups. The manifesto embraces the call for community. It reminds me of the passionate call that Jevon led with "How Startups will save Venture Capital in Canada” and “I love my city, and so should you”. […]

One small step for startup kind

Posted with open comments on StartupNorth. “I believe this Nation should commitment itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration […]

Rules for Bootstrapping Web Startups

Allan & Steve from LessEverything have a great list of rules for web startups. I learned a lot about # 9 at Nakama. It was all about staying just ahead of the growth curve, and near real-time scheduling. The piece that was missing from our efforts was a revenue model (who paid us for what). […]

Built to Exit

Originally posted on StartupNorth. Is a company that is built to exit the same as a company that is built to flip? Not in my opinion. Understanding how to build a company that is attractive to a potential acquirer can help entrepreneurs understand how to build product suites, acquire customers and pick technologies. Possible Exits […]

What’s your open data idea?

I keep thinking about Mayor Miller’s announcement about Open Data for the City of Toronto at Mesh09. “I am very pleased to announce today at Mesh09 the development of, which will be a catalogue of city generated data.  The data will be provided in standardized formats, will be machine readable, and will be updated […]

The revolution will be localized

Photo by Dawson-Foremans I’ve had a fascination with startups since the mid-1990s. I’ve worked for a few software startups of various sizes. I hope that I’ll be able to work for a successful software startup in Toronto. I read Paul Graham’s commentary about startups, startup hubs, Silicon Valley, and why creating a strong startup hub in […]

Incubators, accelerators, and ignition

Originally posted on StartupNorth. I am still curious about startup incubators. Mostly because I think that they do a great job focusing attention and driving buzz around the startup activities in a community. ReadWriteWeb has a great summary of seed fund incubators, including: LaunchBox Digital Y Combinator Seedcamp TechStars BootupLabs Capital Factory DreamIt Ventures Bootphase […]

Brave new world

Is old media dead yet? With the Christian Science Monitor and the Seattle Post Intelligencer shuttering their print operations to move to an online-only model, it is clear that the news business is changing. With Hearst Corporation trying to sell or stop print production of the San Francisco Chronicle the writing which has been on […]

Viagra for Startups

How to Pitch a VC (aka Startup Viagra: How to Give a VC a Hard-On) View more presentations from Dave Mcclure. Startups read this. Great Companies Dave McClure has a great pitch presentation. It’s all about the information that investors, VCs in particular, want to see. It’s a great summary about how investors want to […]

Clouds gathering

Photo by Reini68 Charles Cooper has an interesting post about cloud infrastructure and the impact it has on developers and IT professionals. "So you’ve got a whole generation of start-ups that are basically just a couple of programmers with a couple of laptops, and they upload everything into the Amazon cloud. It’s pay-by-the-drink like utility. […]