The Contribution of Immigrants to Canada's Tech Sector
July 8, 2008
It is election time. And while politicians dole out promissory notes on every street corner, the tech sector stands in line. What will it be? More funding, better tax treatment, fewer regulations or heaven forbid, how about a government that actually purchases from early staged companies?
Why Entrepreneurs do not Leave Legacies of Great or Entrepreneurial Talent
July 8, 2008
I overheard someone asking last week why so few recent startups have come out of certain very successful Canadian tech firms. Though I did not chime in at the time, I would suggest that the answer lies in the entrepreneurs who founded and in some instances continue to drive these businesses.
Non Compete, Non Solicit, Non Sense
July 6, 2008
There is an outbreak of irritability in many corners of the tech sector. Highly infectious, and resistant to even the best of news, it has spread to companies and individuals alike, unsettling all but the most bubbly of outlooks.
The Premium Paid for Outside CEOs
July 1, 2008
Two news items this week illustrate the rational and irrational sides of executive compensation: a published report shows that CEOs recruited from outside a company earn an average of 65% more than those promoted from within, and the discrepancy was greatest in smaller companies.
Assessing the Cost/Benefits of a Rockstar
June 22, 2008
Like Las Vegas, the tech sector is known for its bright lights, those geniuses whose inspirations change our lives. Easier to recognize than describe, these entrepreneurs and technological innovators see things, solve things, and do things that most of us struggle to even comprehend.
The Upside of the Venture Capital Crisis
May 27, 2008
I profess no special insight into what really goes on inside the Canadian venture capital world. I am not part of the esteemed club, do not possess the insider's secret decoder ring and am not a confidant to anyone who has one.
The Plight of the 50+ Tech Sector Executive
May 6, 2008
An increasing number of seasoned tech sector executives are struggling to understand why nobody seems to want to hire them. These are capable, senior individuals whose ships have been without a port for some time and who seem to be perennial runners-up for positions they covet.
Board Recruiting Trends
May 1, 2008
In the past year, we have seen a dramatic increase in our board-related work. This is a noteworthy shift since start-up boards in Canada have historically been investor dominated private clubs.