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When I was in grad school I co-founded a company that grew to become the second largest manufacturer of cable television headend equipment in the world. For the ten years after I graduated, I woke up every morning thinking of ways to out-innovate our two major competitors. We were a startup and they were both […]

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The first presentation at The Exit Strategies Workshop 2011 describes why this is a “Golden Era for Entrepreneurs.” Highlights of Part 1 – The Economy Has Changed: The whole world has changed. The big tech companies aren’t creating wealth anymore – for their investors or employees. Startups create ALL of the new jobs. What does […]

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Being an Entrepreneur in the 21st Century Video Series Presented at New Westminster, BC  ByzHub Meetup on October 20, 2011 The PowerPoint for this talk is available here. Highlights of Being an Entrepreneur in the 21st Century – Part 1: Everyone living here has enjoyed a very high standard of living. Unfortunately, that’s changing. The […]

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Highlights of Being an Entrepreneur in the 21st Century – Part 1: Everyone living here has enjoyed a very high standard of living. Unfortunately, that’s changing. The economy has changed. The whole world is changing. Entire countries are bankrupt and more are certain to follow. Lehman Brothers is gone. GM was bankrupt. Why is this […]

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Highlights of Being an Entrepreneur in the 21st Century – Part 2: Uh, Oh. These are our friends and family! And we really need their money. The solution: Fairness, Alignment and Governance. All built into the structure of the company. More good news is that there are lots of angel investors. Angel Co-Investment – groups […]

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Highlights of Being an Entrepreneur in the 21st Century – Part 3: Many big companies have so much cash that it’s a problem. Big companies are not the only buyers. There are many more medium and small sized buyers. And an even larger number of successful, wealthy, boomers who have realized they aren’t ready to […]

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I was a little sad listening to President Obama talk about his job creation plans last week. Most of us in North America would agree that our highest economic priority is finding ways to create more new jobs. My take on Obama’s plans is that he proposes to borrow more, or tax more, to subsidize […]

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My previous post discusses some of the reasons the best and brightest are leaving big companies to work in startups. One factor is that the employees in the world’s greatest software, chip and networking companies haven’t earned any significant wealth from options for over a decade. The result is that many of the most valuable […]

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How Often Do You See Smart People Leaving a Big Company? Here’s a typical article from a couple of days ago: Microsoft Loses Key Public Sector, Visual Studio and Bing Execs (UPDATED) The article starts off with: “Several high-ranking Microsoft executives exited the company this week.” And ends with updates from tweets about other senior […]

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Start Up Now – Keynote Speech at Enterprize 2009 As part of putting something back, I often speak to students about starting companies – ideally while they are still at university. This is a video of my Awards Dinner Keynote speech at Enterprise 2009.Enterprise 2009 on February 7, 2009. My goal was to encourage more […]

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