Category: Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

Canada’s Most Valuable Company – RIP

by Basil Peters | September 12, 2011 | 4 Comments

RIP Nortel | Image credit NetworkWorld

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 employees have been choosing to work in startups where there is a better opportunity to do innovative work and make possib...

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Entrepreneurship

The Corporate DNA

by Basil Peters | January 1, 2011 | 3 Comments

Companies certainly have cultures. They also seem to have DNA. Corporate DNA is formed early on in a corporation's life-cycle. But unlike most living creatures, a company's DNA can change later in life. Corporate DNA, like all other DNA, determines, to a large extent, the characteristics and success of the organism. Flaws in the DNA can lead to infant mortality, or failure modes, that might not be apparent for many years. When investors, o...

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Angel Investing

How VCs Block Exits

by Basil Peters | August 28, 2010 | one response

Most entrepreneurs don’t even know that a VC is likely to block an  exit when they accept the VC’s money. I didn’t when I started out —and neither did my friend who I describe in "Why VCs Block Good Exits". In my first company it wasn’t until the final extraordinary general meeting, when the shareholders were voting to approve the exit transaction, that I actually reali...

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Entrepreneurship

Early Exits Your Golden Opportunity Part 3

by Basil Peters | June 18, 2009 | no responses

Early Exits - Your Golden Opportunity - Part 3

Highlights of Early Exits - Your Golden Opportunity - Part 3:

  • There is lots of venture capital available today. Why entrepreneurs need an exit strategy before they contact the first investors. Check the compatibility of the DNA before you add investors to your organization.
  • Why your exit strategy is the most important element in your business plan. The exit is j...

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Entrepreneurship

Early Exits Your Golden Opportunity Part 2

by Basil Peters | | no responses

Early Exits - Your Golden Opportunity - Part 2

Highlights of Early Exits - Your Golden Opportunity - Part 2:

  • Why you might not need investors. Your financing options. Bootstrap if you possibly can. New definitions for venture capital.
  • Traditional Venture Capital is broken - but don't worry. There is lots of capital available. Angels, and angel funds, are starting to syndicate and put $5 or 10 million into co...

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