Brent Holliday

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Oct 6, 2011
A Brief History of Business Pivots

Scrapping Plan A in a business pivot can be the kiss of death – or mark the birth of a legend. There’s a new buzzword going around the startup world: “pivot.” It’s a euphemism for abrupt change in the business plan. Like a basketball player spinning away to avoid an opponent, a business is supposedly executing a planned manoeuvre as opposed to a simple short-term survival tactic.


Sep 5, 2011
Lessons Learned from Tech Networking

The technology industry in B.C. is very, very friendly. It seems a week or two doesn’t go by without a management-level gathering, either within a subsector or across the broader industry. My co-workers at Capital West are amazed by how many events I attend. The B.C. Technology Industry Association holds...

Aug 1, 2011
Canadian Universities Breeding Tech Startups

Seventeen years ago, I was an MBA student with an idea. Luckily for me, I was enrolled in an entrepreneurship class at UBC that allowed me to take the idea and form a proper business plan. Three classmates and I...

Jul 1, 2011
U.S. Venture Capital Spreads the Wealth

The Americans are down right now. Their economy is quantitatively easing its way to stable growth. The housing sector is still a mess and the loonie is kicking the pants off Uncle Sam’s greenback. But where is America’s engine of...

Jun 6, 2011
The Social Gaming Boom

I read a review of the immersive video game Second Life a couple of years ago by a reporter who didn’t understand the attraction of playing a game about, uh, life. He gave it a try for a weekend, and...

May 2, 2011
B.C. Tech Startup Mania

From one of my favourite movies comes the iconic quote, “Get busy living or get busy dying.” In The Shawshank Redemption, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) says this to Red (Morgan Freeman) after telling him it comes down to a single...

Apr 4, 2011
Getting Business Talent to Vancouver Island

Against all odds, Vancouver Island's isolation proves a bonus for businesses trying to attract talent and capital. My father nearly made me an Islander in 1978. I didn’t know it until well after I grew up in London, Ontario, and, ironically as it turned out, moved to B.C. He told me he had turned down a position as a general surgeon at Royal Jubilee Hospital (yes, he is a Doc Holliday) after careful deliberation. He said he didn’t want to be...

Feb 17, 2011
Tablet Reviews from the 2011 CES

I was on the casino floor at a fabulous new hotel in Las Vegas when a diminutive but muscular African-American man in a $4,000 suit smiled at me just as his massive bodyguard shoved me aside, yelling, “Make some room...

Feb 7, 2011
Technology IPOs On the Horizon

Within the technology community, there is a little party going on that seems disassociated with the rest of the world. If you talk to the Silicon Valley types or tech insiders in Vancouver, there seems to be a boom happening...

Jan 4, 2011
Making Connections in Vancouver Technology

In the early 1990s, Ventures West co-founder Haig Farris ran a class at UBC for MBA students and engineering grad students. He was invited by the faculty to shepherd this class even though he wasn’t a professor. Sitting among the...

Dec 1, 2010
The Small, Deep Pool of Vancouver Tech

Stop me if you have heard this before: Vancouver (and B.C. in general) lacks sufficient depth in management talent to grow a huge technology business. Or we lack a big enough ecosystem of services to compete on a global scale.

Nov 3, 2010
Business Valuation and Close-ology

One of the more interesting terms I have heard from my friends in the local junior mining community is “close-ology.” Here’s the definition: if the junior company immediately adjacent to your property is purchased, your value goes up. If the...

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