Articles By Geoff Foulds

Toronto tech startups lead the Bay Area?

Everybody knows that costs for tech startups in the Bay Area are crazy. Pundits have predicted that these high costs could, maybe, someday, blunt the Bay Area’s edge. "Someday" was apparently last month.

Published on: August 7th, 2018 Geoff Foulds

Fitbits, Twitter and domestic violence

The England – Columbia knockout round match at the World Cup had a very serious public health message. And the internet of things and social media play a role. In the latter stages

Published on: August 7th, 2018 Geoff Foulds

Why startups fail, and how to fix it

When you survey startup failures you reach a surprising conclusion - many people still blame a lack of engineering talent. In my experience, technical failures stem from the supply chain being unable to

Published on: July 5th, 2018 Geoff Foulds

The Real Problem with Tech Talent

What happens to the tech community when a company exits? Thanks to LinkedIn, we have a graphic example. In September 2016 GE announced its offer to buy control of Swedish 3D printer Arcam.

Published on: June 22nd, 2017 Geoff Foulds

DementiaHack 2017: Making a difference in the tech community

DementiaHack 2017 is coming back to Toronto this March and bringing with it hardware and software solutions for those living with dementia. This hackathon is an attempt by the tech community to find ways

Published on: December 19th, 2016 Geoff Foulds

Huge VC opportunity hiding in plain sight

"The average 'enriched' startup raised 44x more capital to get a 25 per cent better return," according to the above controversial chart. Even more alarming is the revelation that U.S. VCs could increase their

Published on: October 31st, 2016 Geoff Foulds

A non-Brexit post – Remember Microsoft and LinkedIn?

Remember when all we had to worry about was whether Microsoft's purchase of LinkedIn was going to work? It still matters. And I am a cautious optimist that the deal is a good

Published on: June 29th, 2016 Geoff Foulds

Soft skills: The surprising success secret of VarageSale co-Founder

For a taste of how things are changing for founders, consider Tami Zuckerman. May is, after all, Female Founders month. Zuckerman was the guest of Startup Grind Toronto, and she talked about what

Published on: May 26th, 2016 Geoff Foulds

As-a-Service changes the game for Toronto start ups in surprising ways

Something is changing in the Toronto tech community. The evidence was on display at a recent SalesHacker event. Prior to the event, host Kenny Goldman was warned he wouldn’t get much of a

Published on: May 20th, 2016 Geoff Foulds

What are Vinod Khosla’s personal KPIs?

There were some eye openers at the 2016 Startup Grind Conference when Vinod Khosla shared the KPIs that have guided him during his 30-year venture capital investor career. Khosla started out stating that,

Published on: March 2nd, 2016 Geoff Foulds

Guy Kawasaki’s top 10 errors of entrepreneurs and how to avoid them

How can you not like a guy born in Hawaii who loves hockey so much he now plays every day? That's Guy Kawasaki. Although I feel obligated to tell you, Guy, that only

Published on: February 26th, 2016 Geoff Foulds

Secrets venture capitalists may not want founders to know

How does a successful serial fund raiser do it? That’s the question Startup Grind Toronto guest host Matthew Ingram asked Andrew D’Souza at a recent fireside chat. D’Souza said several things that venture

Published on: January 28th, 2016 Geoff Foulds

500 Startups gets active in Toronto

As a result of a sea change in Silicon Valley, Selcuk Atli, entrepreneur in residence of one of the Bay Area’s most successful and prolific accelerators, said that 500 Startups is getting active

Published on: January 25th, 2016 Geoff Foulds

Canada’s innovation ecosystem needs startups

We need startups more than ever. That’s my conclusion after listening to David Watters’ talk on Canada’s innovation ecosystem. When I say startups, I mean new companies that scale to enterprise-size fast. Why

Published on: January 22nd, 2016 Geoff Foulds

Why you’re okay if you don’t fit the profile

Incubators have a dirty little secret: they’re not for everybody. When Paul Graham developed the incubator model he was laser-focused on companies with the potential to scale to billion-dollar valuations, fast. This, Graham

Published on: January 20th, 2016 Geoff Foulds