Brent Holliday

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Oct 8, 2010
Tech Startups: The Myth of Fast Money

Quick-hit blockbusters get all the love, but the real world requires patience. Perhaps I am just getting old. Having been around B.C.’s technology community since 1994, I am starting to see a pattern: a technology startup just takes a lot longer than others. Part of the reason is that a tech startup is even harder than others because you have to build something that traditional banks won’t fund (start a restaurant, get a loan; start a manufacturing business, get a loan;...

Sep 8, 2010
Cleantech and the B.C. Smart Grid

Investors in clean technology have experienced two distinct peaks in the past 12 years, both of which have affected B.C.’s technology community. The first peak was fuel-cell driven in the late 1990s, and B.C. led the way with Ballard Power...

Aug 4, 2010
When Your Startup Gets Bought

A few months ago, I wrote about the need for serial entrepreneurs in B.C.’s technology scene. While I can hardly blame someone with a few million dollars in their jeans if they decide to farm chickens on Salt Spring Island...

Jul 7, 2010
B.C. Technology in the World

We celebrate the Top 100 B.C. companies in this issue, including a list of B.C.’s top technology companies of today. The technology industry has seen quite a few success stories in the past 40 years, but all of these stories...

May 5, 2010
B.C. Entrepreneurship: Try, Try Again

We could take a lesson from Silicon Valley serial entrepreneurs. Every city and region in the West with a technology industry has a massive case of self-loathing when it comes to Silicon Valley. If I had a dime for every article...

Feb 3, 2010
B.C. Tech Shines During Games

B.C technology companies have a chance to shine during the Games – and, after that, on the world stage. The Winter Olympics are upon us. After seven years of planning and preparation, these are exciting days. Billions of viewers will be glued to their TVs watching virtually unknown, mostly amateur athletes do sports that only get attention for 16 days every four years.

Jan 6, 2010
How to Finance Your Startup

Sometimes the best way to finance a startup is with your own money. Iam often asked for advice about the right way to fund a new technology venture. The answer is that there is no “right” way; just know that it will be the hardest thing you do as an entrepreneur. Given that in the current economy it’s harder than ever to raise money in Canada, when you start a business you have to ask, Do I need to raise any...

Dec 2, 2009
Size Matters in B.C. Tech

Why can’t B.C. have a game-changing industry anchor? If I am the technology industry in B.C., all I want for Christmas is a behemoth. It’s not too much to ask for, is it? I have been wishing for a gargantuan company ever since I spent time in Helsinki, Finland, and Waterloo, Ontario. It’s true. I have great-big-tech-company envy.

Nov 4, 2009
A Crazy Year in B.C. Tech

Happy anniversary? Looking back at a crazy year in tech financing in B.C. I began writing this column a year ago this September. That was right around the time that Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. ceased to exist and the banks put...

Oct 8, 2009
Enough Subsidies

Government handouts only foster a second-class industry. One of the biggest successes in B.C.’s technology industry is the emergence of the video game sector, a 6,000-employee-strong, billion-dollar-a-year fun factory. Ever since the game Evolution and its creator, Distinctive Software, emerged in...

Sep 2, 2009
This Year's Model

New tech acronyms mean new investment opportunities. If you decided to leave the frenetic technology industry for a few years, pay little attention to it, then return, you might think a whole new set of industries has been born in your...

Aug 5, 2009
The Ballard Legacy

Spinoffs proving to be a driving force behind next-gen electric cars. About 30 years ago, Ballard Research Inc. started out as a company figuring out how to make high-energy, long-life lithium batteries, and its success was marked by the U.S. Navy signing up as a customer using its batteries in submarines. Yes, lithium batteries, not fuel cells; the company we know today as Ballard Power Systems Inc. emerged from that original focus on extending battery life, and today we all know...

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