Category: Patents

Early Exits

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...

Early Exits

This is an excerpt from a talk I gave at the Element8 angels workshop in Seattle: Investing a World With Few Exits. Some of the key points from my talk: I believe only 25% of all companies that could have been sold actually end up successfully exiting If a company misses the ideal time to exit, then the most likely result is that it will fail ...

Angel Investing

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...

Angel Investing

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

Case Studies

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...