Johannesburg – 1 October 2013 – Canada is actively recruiting foreign entrepreneurs with a unique Startup Visa Program introduced by the Canadian government to assist qualified entrepreneurs interested in relocating to Canada.
Angel Investors should demand better financial management.
There has been a long standing joke in startup companies where everyone, angels and entrepreneurs alike, have a laugh about the management, or rather mismanagement, of a company’s financial affairs being completely contained within a shoe box. It is entirely common for a startup entrepreneur to publicly recount his or her distinct inability to trace expenses or have a clean record of any revenues. Continue reading
Here at LX Ventures, we work to acquire, integrate, and accelerate companies like a well oiled machine. Check out this infographic to see how we do it! Continue reading
Over the last year, crowdfunding has become all the rage in fundraising and investing. Individuals come together to provide small sums of money to collectively help a company raise the capital they require for startup or growth. It’s an innovation in fundraising; one that certainly has impacted the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Innovation aside however, there are the downfalls. Continue reading
The leanest marketing campaign I can describe is the “Field of Dreams” campaign. This is the “build it and they will come” approach – zero marketing at all. Unfortunately, that model of marketing only seems to work in Hollywood movies and miracle cases, which of course will be promoted massively by the likes of Mashable as amazing. I personally just consider them to be ultra ultra lucky. Continue reading
For decades in software development, groups of developers gathered around vast gantt charts and reams of planning documents in dark sub-basements in order to produce working code. This worked very well when people were building software the same way they built buildings – with a blueprint in front of them that identified all of the project’s well known characteristics, also known as the waterfall method. Continue reading
metabridge 2013, sponsored by LX Ventures and held in Kelowna on June 20-22, clearly succeeded in bridging the gap between Silicon Valley and British Columbia. Conversations about the highly exclusive tech event can still be heard in boardrooms across Western Canada. These valuable conversations have created opportunities for tech entrepreneurs in Canada to continue building and executing on their visions. Continue reading
With some of the early evangelists of the lean movement monetizing their ideas heavily and largely exiting the startup space to advise academia, big government and, enterprises, it’s probably a good time to ask if lean was a fad, or if it’s something that’s still relevant. Continue reading
What is the value of a celebrity Facebook Like or Twitter Follower to a brand?
How often have you wondered this question? I bet almost every marketer has Googled “What is the value of a Facebook Like?” on more than one occasion. It is often done to justify a social marketing budget. I am here to help quantify the answer for marketers (asking for money) and executives (allocating budgets) alike.