I am not a token, I just happen to be female

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In my role as a venture capital investor at Innovacorp over the last year and a half, I have attended a fair number of conferences and events. From the start, I noticed many gratuitous mentions of "we need to get more women in tech," "we need more representation of women in VC," blah, blah, blah. Honestly, it ...

7 Questions Interview Series: Angels and Venture Capitalists

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The following post includes my answers to Chris Herbert and Mi6's 7 Question Interview Series: Angels and Venture Capitalists.  You can find the full version here.   When would it be appropriate for a startup to seek investment from you? Warm us up first; let us get to know you. Start with developing a relationship. The best investments are ...

What can you do Nova Scotia?

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I'm not sure about you, but the graph below graph scares the shit out of me. It makes what I have been noticing real, and even worse than I thought. My generation is absent. Nova Scotia is in a decline and is losing its appeal, even to its loyal inhabitants. I see entire families leaving. Quality jobs ...

Stop Trying to Predict the Financial Future and Go Make It

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-http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2008-05-08/- Let me start by letting you in on what may be a well-known secret – investors don't believe your startup’s financial projections and never use them as you provide them. The part of the secret that may not be as well-known is that early stage investors don't expect you to have it all ironed out right ...

Confession: I get obsessed with songs

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I have a tendency to get obsessed about certain things - shocking, I know! Today's confession is I get obsessed with songs. Like teenage girl obsessed and play them over and over. Thankfully we are in the digital age and I don't have to rewind-play-repeat constantly. It'd get in the way of my jams! My drug song ...

City Building Part 1: The Downtown Project in Las Vegas, Nevada

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It seems everyone is interested in how to build the next tech hot spot or "Silicon Valley-of-the...". Organizations like MIT (various articles & business reports) and thought leaders like Brad Feld with Startup Communities have a pretty good take on it. Canada is no stranger to "Silicon Valley-of-the North"  thinking, with Ottawa being at the center of it in ...

Ladies, it’s up to you

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  There is a lot of talk about how underrepresented women are in the start-up, tech and VC communities. I believe these numbers will increase over time and there are a lot of great people working to improve the stats. I also believe that you shouldn't rely on others to do it for you and it ...

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— Dean Kamen