Early Stage Financing. Data Entrepreneurship. Cybersecurity.

AuthorIan L. Paterson

Guide to Startup Community in Victoria, BC

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I moved to Victoria, BC in 2009 and it took me quite a while to really ‘plug in’ to the community.  I’ve listed out the key resources, events and locations that I wish I had had back then. Main Slack channel  – YYJTech:     Tech Job Boards in Victoria Two main job boards:  Hiring Events in Victoria Key hiring related events to watch out for:  February: ;...

YYJ Tech Compensation Survey 2019

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The most active and vibrant online watercooler for the Victoria tech scene is the #YYJTech Slack community.

Employee compensation is a hot button issue there. So much so that the community self-organized and created a salary survey that saw 200+ respondents anonymously submit their salary data, along with details about their role and company.

I analyzed the data, and here are the findings.

Why Investors Invest – Tax Credits

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One of the peculiarities about early-stage investing in BC is the 30% EBC (“Eligible Business Credit”) tax credit for investors.

Qualifying investments can see 30% of their principal investment returned as a tax credit within the year.

This means that an investor who invests $100k gets $30k back via a tax credit. It’s great!

6 Insane Spy Books I Read in 2018

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I travel.

A lot.

Which means lots of plane trips, and usually the sort of planes too small (or too cheap) for WiFi.

While I pack light, one of my non-negotiable travel items is a fully-charged Kindle Paperwhite. It’s enabled me to learn about the military-industrial complex that I now work in.

Here are the top 6 books covering espionage, cyber warfare, and corporate skullduggery.

Monthly Investor Updates FAQ

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Every month, I send an email out to our shareholders letting them know the key performance indicators. This monthly was a habit drilling into me by a former board member turned advisor.

Over the years, I’ve picked up a few tricks to get the most out of these communications.

SR&ED Loans Overview

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Guide to SR&ED Loans for Canadian Tech Companies (Updated Oct 2019 with new lenders) The Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive (SR&ED) is a staple in Canadian startup financing. It can provide an annual cash infusion for qualifying tech companies. But the lag from filing a claim to getting cash can be long: 12–18 months isn’t uncommon. As a result, a cottage...

Creative Destruction Labs – Review

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What I Wish I Knew before going through Creative Destruction Labs (CDL) Accelerator Creative Destruction Labs (“CDL”) is a startup accelerator/incubator that originated in Toronto, and is opening up branches across North America. Their model is unique in that they take no equity, and seek to create successful companies through a monthly goal setting/check in program. I attended with...

Alternative Data and Consumer Sentiment for DSLRs

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(This article originally appeared on prior to their acquisition by eBay). Previously, we looked at how to retrieve trend information from Terapeak’s flagship market research application, for 4 of the current Canon EOS DSLR cameras: Canon 1D X (MSPR: $6,799.00) Canon 5D Mk III (MSRP: $3,499.00) Canon 6D (MSRP: $2,099.00) Canon 650D (MSRP: $849.99) Our goal is to use Terapeak for eBay market data...

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