Good news: D2L is going public

Good news: D2L is going public

I was excited to be able to look at the D2L prospectus today. (Nerd alert, lotsa numbers in this post.) They have been on the Narwhal List since inception and clocked in last year in 15th spot. Many years ago they and Hootsuite were the darlings of the Canadian tech...

What would you do if you lived in Buffalo?

What would you do if you lived in Buffalo?

I was searching the other day for a list of incubators and accelerators in the US that specialize in digital health. I was surprised to find how many specialize in that one sector. You can see a list of them here. The list isn't the point though, it's what I realized...

The Catch 22 of Canadian Seed Funding

The Catch 22 of Canadian Seed Funding

I heard from an entrepreneur I know that a very prominent institutional investor turned down their request for Seed Round funding because the company is pre-revenue. There is no way this company can get to revenue without a reasonably large amount of funding and it...

The Surprising Way Initial Funding Drives Success

The Surprising Way Initial Funding Drives Success

A number of years ago I had one of those AhHa! moments that one has when one is fiddling around doing research. Basically, I discovered the surprising way initial funding drives success. I was playing around with Crunchbase, looking at the 2,429 healthcare and...

How Much Seed Capital Should You Raise?

How Much Seed Capital Should You Raise?

We were sitting on one of those lovely Zoom calls the other day at The Happenin Company, debating about how much seed capital we should raise. Of course the simple answer is raise as much money as you need to get to a Series A round in 18 to 24 months. But it helps to...

The Narwhal List 2021

The Narwhal List 2021

We finally got around to launching the Narwhal List 2021. 2020 was another remarkable year for Canadian Narwhals. In particular, four companies from last year’s list went public. (Nuvei, Chinook Therapeutics, Repare Therapeutics, and Fusion Pharmaceuticals.) Five were...

A New Understanding of Intellectual Property

A New Understanding of Intellectual Property

Technology, government and university leaders need a new understanding of intellectual property. It’s no longer enough to think of Technical IP in isolation. To succeed today, we need to take a broader view in which Marketing IP and Process IP are recognized as...

Scaling up in a Recession

Scaling up in a Recession

Are you wondering about what to do about scaling up in a recession? We are now nearly two months into a combined health and economic crisis. Many companies will have had a chance to address cash flow and strategic issues. Are you ready to examine your cash flow and...

Innovation Spending in a Recession

Innovation Spending in a Recession

Recent recessions in 2001 and 2008 can give us valuable insight into what we should do to optimize the results from innovation spending in a recession. There is a pattern to what successful firms have done in past recessions and it is as follows: Successful firms...