Brent Holliday

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Jul 2, 2013
Failing Forward Still Hurts

I was a venture capitalist for 13 years, investing early and often in technology companies in the Pacific Northwest. I had a few years of experience under my belt when three of my investment co-workers and I struck out on our own to form a fund called Greenstone Venture Partners.

May 6, 2013
The Rise of $100-Million B.C. Tech Companies

Guy Kawasaki has made quite a career for himself talking about entrepreneurship, early-stage marketing and venture capital for technology companies. He’s published a great list on his blog, compiled by Scott Shane, a professor at Case Western Reserve University, called the “Top Ten Myths of Entrepreneurship.” The list details the...

Apr 2, 2013
A Recipe for Tech Advocacy

It’s election season in B.C. Each of the 2.9 million registered voters has an opportunity to be heard on May 14. As a major driver of B.C.’s economy, the technology industry should be loudly bending the ears of politicians. Let’s get some facts straight: I use “technology industry” as an all-encompassing...

Mar 4, 2013
B.C.'s Booming Interior Tech Sector

In 1991, I was in the health care field. Part of the job was outreach to let remote communities in B.C. know about the organ donor program. That year, I took a couple of two-week car trips through every part of the province and experienced the vast beauty as well...

Feb 4, 2013
YouTube Platform Overtakes TV Model

Here’s a prediction for you. TV networks will suffer the same fate as the print industry later this decade: tumbling profits, broken business models and a scramble to keep advertisers. But wait, you say, CBS, NBC, ABC, ESPN and FOX...

Dec 31, 2012
Successful Women in the Tech Sector

Meeting women wasn’t top of mind when I graduated from business school in 1994. Had it been, I might have picked a different career path. Instead I chose finance, which was dominated by men, especially early stage venture finance; and...

Dec 3, 2012
The Rise of Online Grocery Shopping

Terry Drayton had impeccable timing. And then he didn’t. In the summer of 1996, the Canadian entrepreneur and co-founder of bottled water company Crystal Springs decided that online home grocery delivery made a lot of sense. With three other Vancouver...

Nov 5, 2012
Amazon Founder Takes Quantum Leap into D-Wave Systems

It is about the size of one of those moving containers that movers leave on your driveway. It is jet black, like the obsidian at the beginning of 2001: A Space Odyssey. If you could stand inside it, you would...

Oct 5, 2012
Business Trend: Big Data

The global technology industry loves a new trend. The latest and greatest “must-have” technologies are hyped by the trade press to sell more software and hardware, which tends to create a skeptical market. But a lot of these trends play...

Sep 4, 2012
Shad Valley Innovation Boot Camp Nurtures Young Minds

As the kids head back to school and the technology business cranks back up after the lazy days of summer, it’s a good time to reflect on how the two intersect. I am not referring to e-learning per se, but...

Aug 28, 2012
GROW Conference Plants Entrepreneurial Seeds

The third annual gathering connected young tech upstarts with potential financiers from Canada and the Silicon Valley. Here is an interesting dilemma: You meet a seasoned entrepreneur with a completed prototype ready to take on a very big consumer-focused market. It is spellbindingly beautiful and simple, leveraging all the latest mobile and web technologies.  

Aug 6, 2012
The Rise of Mobile Push Technology

Maybe you remember when the Internet was a new phenomenon. Back then, when they measured the number of Internet users in millions, a novel product was developed to help the “information overload” that we were apparently suffering from on our...

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