Category: Patents

patents and exits

Early Exits

Got a Patent? Sell the Company!

by Basil Peters | July 26, 2014 | 18 Comments

I Thought I Understood Patents

When I was CEO of my first technology company I thought I understood how patents worked. But it was only after managing a hedge fund for a few years that I began to appreciate the risks patent holders face. Many entrepreneurs think that the real test of a patent’s value is whether or not it will be granted. But in my experience the real value isn’t known until you’ve spent years, and millions of dollar...

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Angel Investing

Pacinian – Pre-Revenue $30 Million Exit

by Basil Peters | August 13, 2013 | 2 Comments

In earlier days, entrepreneurs dreamed of founding an innovative start-up and building it into a big company. After many years of solid sales and profits, the company might be acquired, with founders and investors earning a capital gain. But in today's fast-evolving technology marketplace, growing a small start-up into a big company may not be the best strategy. An increasing number of promising start-ups are exiting early at very attractive valuat...

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Angel Investing

Pacinian – The Interview Videos

by Basil Peters | | 5 Comments

It's rare to be able to post a detailed case study on an early exit. The most interesting information is usually restricted by a non-disclosure agreement. This is a very valuable opportunity to hear directly from the Chairman and a lead investor about what went on behind the scenes in this $30 million pre-revenue exit. These videos complement the complete written Read More

Case Studies

Case Study – the Brightside Exit

by Basil Peters | December 1, 2008 | 8 Comments

Helge is the most recent university student I have helped become a millionaire. I invested three times in Helge's company. My BC Tech Fund was the first fund to invest. When I invested the first time there was only Helge and one other person on the company payroll. This is a summary of Helge's story.

Helge's story

Helge came to Canada in 1998 when he was 19 years old. He completed high school, and an obligatory year in the military, in...

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