Brent Holliday

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Jul 3, 2012
Who's Developing the Next Billion-Dollar IPO?

On May 18, Facebook’s mammoth IPO took the company public, valuing it at more than $100 billion and making a bazillionaire out of Mark Zuckerberg, not quite 30 years old. I know what you are thinking: it’s July, and you...

Jun 4, 2012
BuildDirect: A Case Study in Perseverance

The Weeble Award goes to BuildDirect.com Technologies Inc.  Entrepreneurs in technology need to be a lot of things to be successful. They need to be nimble and aware, as technology markets move very quickly. They need to have a high tolerance for ambiguity, which is a fancy way of saying, “If you like to be told what to do and then do it, this job is not for you.” But most of all, they have to be a little naive, a...

May 7, 2012
Boosting B.C. Startups Through California Connections

Boosting the number of B.C. tech success stories requires continued focus on innovation and commercialization, and both require capital. However, a pile of money and a clever innovation don’t guarantee success. Effective commercialization requires experienced, networked and focused entrepreneurs, something...

Apr 2, 2012
Creating an Earlier Payout for Angel Tech Investors

A little liquidity would encourage early-stage investors. If you’re a tech entrepreneur, a friend or family member of one, or if you’re an angel investor, you know that the investment math is harshest at the risky early stages of a new venture. Companies often don’t get off the ground; some get a few customers and then never get meaningful traction. For taking that risk angel investors may get a large reward at the end, but in the meantime their money could...

Mar 5, 2012
Cheers to Crazy Entrepreneurs

Following the death of Steve Jobs last year and the subsequent bestselling biography, the iconic 1997 TV ad for the Think Different campaign served as an apt symbol for the life of one of the greatest American entrepreneurs. Narrated in...

Feb 29, 2012
The Devils of Angel Investments

There are many lessons for early stage investing in tech companies, but they don’t need to be learned the hard way. Angel investing is an interesting ride for both the angel investor and the tech entrepreneur receiving money to chase their dreams. From the investor point of view, it is (or should be) play money they can afford to lose.  

Feb 6, 2012
Asian Telecom Company Makes the Move to B.C.

We have grown many world-class technology businesses in B.C. in the past 40 years, and that has led to more jobs, more tax revenue and a critical mass of talent for the sector. Organic growth of the industry is fantastic...

Jan 19, 2012
Billion-Dollar Tech Babies

No industry in the history of capitalism has generated great wealth faster than the technology industry. In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg was a pimply faced, slightly spoiled undergraduate student. Today he is a pimply faced, mostly spoiled billionaire ($13.5 billion, according...

Jan 10, 2012
B.C. Tech Sector Should Play Catch up

While B.C.'s tech industry saw some solid successes last year, the sector should set the bar even higher for 2012. After writing “online columns” for years before they were shortened to web logs and shortened again to blogs and then again to tweets, I have a unique perspective on writing for the web. Since 1998, I have put my opinions out there.  Now, my friends at BCBusiness have allowed me to add to my monthly Tech Talk column with a more frequent...

Jan 3, 2012
B.C. Tech Companies Celebrate Middle-age Spread

The B.C. tech sector is getting fat in the middle – and that’s a good thing. It’s a bit tough to make predictions, what with the Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world, but I’m optimistic about the technology sector in 2012. The reason is that our technology industry, reaching middle age, is getting a little fat in the middle. And that’s a good thing. 


Dec 5, 2011
UBC's Particle Accelerator: What Could've Been

A long-dead university particle physics project could have created bountiful opportunities for B.C.'s business and science communities. If you haven’t been paying attention to the world of particle physics this fall and, in particular, the experiment completed recently that left physicists all over the world gob-smacked, then you won’t get this clever joke: “Hey, we don’t allow neutrinos in this bar,” says the bartender. A neutrino walks into a bar.
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Nov 7, 2011
Why Smart Phones Really Are the Future

It was the Finns who recognized it first. And the Japanese. But mostly the Finns. In 2002 I was at the Banff Venture Forum and met a contingent of Finnish VCs and executives from Nokia. One of the speakers from...

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