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Lead to Win: An Open source Business Accelerator

Flow Ventures | June 8th

Here’s an interesting idea: take a city that is experiencing high-tech job loss, create a program that helps laid-off workers create startups, run it like a summer school program using local experts, charge nothing for… Read More

Lead to Win: An Open source Business Accelerator

Flow Ventures | June 8th

Here’s an interesting idea: take a city that is experiencing high-tech job loss, create a program that helps laid-off workers create startups, run it like a summer school program using local experts, charge nothing for… Read More

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Competitive Analysis for Startups: Being Better, Not Just Different

Flow Ventures | May 25th

In the last post I talked about the goal of competitive analysis. In this post I’ll talk about why (and when) it’s ok to compete head-on. Let’s review why startups spend so… Read More

Competitive Analysis for Startups: The Goal

Flow Ventures | May 22nd

One of the hardest things for emerging companies to get a handle on is analyzing the competition. Investors grimace when we hear “there is no competition” because outside of the world of patents, it’s just… Read More

Startup Drinks – May 27, 2009

Flow Ventures | May 19th

It’s great to see so many startup enthusiasts out in force and we’re set to do it all again, as we do on the last Wednesday of every month. You are most welcome to bring… Read More

A Follow Up On Project Olympus

Flow Ventures | May 18th

There was quite a lot of interest in our post about Project Olympus, the startup incubator at Carnegie-Mellon University. I think it’s a (good) sign that many people are trying… Read More

Project Olympus: A University Incubator That Works

Flow Ventures | April 28th

It’s rare that I come across a tech incubator that can claim any more success than the square footage they’ve rented out. It’s not that incubators can’t work, it’s that most confuse office space with… Read More

Reminder: Startup Drinks al fresco, Wednesday, April 29

Flow Ventures | April 27th

Come on out this Wednesday, April 29 from 5:30pm to Brutopia (Crescent St, just south of Ste-Catherine) for beers and startup mayhem.  The terrasse will be in full effect! All are welcome!… Read More

Startup Drinks April Edition: Next Wednesday

Flow Ventures | April 22nd

Depending on weather, next Wednesday could be the first “Patio Edition” of Startup Drinks. Hope to see you there and please spread the word! The details: Startup Drinks at Brutopia (Crescent St, just… Read More

Business Planning Without Business Plans

Flow Ventures | April 15th

I recently ran a couple of business planning seminars at the 5th Annual Inventing the Future Conference put on by Young Inventors. Since it was a no Powerpoint affair (yeah!) I… Read More

Students Invent the Future at Young Inventors Conference

Flow Ventures | April 13th

Nobody needs to be reminded how important students are to our startup ecosystem. I started my first Web consulting company in the McGill Music computer lab (which was probably against the rules!) along with two… Read More