Archive for February 2009

Dialtone Desperados

In a recently rumored jaw droppingĀ move it’s possible that Verizon will start offering a US$5 monthly phone line. It appears this strategy is a last ditch effort to stem the bloodletting in its landline numbers. We’re not sure why this would be important.
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2008—A Venture Drought

It seems that, according to the CVCA, 2008 was the worst year for venture activity in Canada since 1996. This comes as no surprise to anyone involved with small business and startups in the GWN.
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Visible Objectives

We are huge fans of objectives being front and center. Many firms we have worked with (initially) believe they have objectives, but when asked to show them, they are often rummaging around in email or desk drawers. Objectives need to be up front.
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Whither Goest Venture Money?

Prior to some recent business travel, we had amassed a collection of documents to read and analyze on the road. One of those documents was a recent report issued by the CVCA who have delivered some startling news about the status of VC activity in Canada;

  • Venture capital investment in the US has increased by 17%, from 0.18% to 0.21% of GDP
  • Venture capital investment in Canada has decreased by 35%, from 0.13% to 0.085% of GDP
  • And investment by Canadian funds in Canada has decreased from 0.10% to 0.060% of GDP, a 40% drop.

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Whistle Stop!

Think | Act

One in a series of Leadership Articles to cause you to think and perhaps to act. Read other articles.

Leadership is challenging enough without having to deal with discovering that your employees, employer or work environment has become tainted with unscrupulous behaviors, shady decisions or, in extreme cases illegal acts. Discovering any of these situations can be a difficult revelation but often dealing with the backlash once you “blow the whistle” can be devastating. In fact, recently The Economist published a list of countries ranked according to their propensity for bribes and cronyism.

Having been through this career changing event on at least a few occasions, your humble author knows some of the pitfalls and steps to take to minimize the potential corporate reaction. Following the next few steps will help you address the problem and put some structure to your approach.
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