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01 Oct International Markets – Growth

We are now thinking about expanding the growth of our clients to international markets.  We have tested a “joint venture model” in China and the model seems to work well.  The joint venture model aligns the financial interests of a local VC with the Canadian start-up which assigns market rights for the technology into the international market / geography where the VC is.  The Canadian start-up has some ownership of the new internal company, as...

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03 Jul Working with Unexpected Surprises

June brought a surprise with an unexpected and immediate reduction in funding from government supporters.  The realization is that incubators, like companies, should be cautious about relying on one or two customers.  Incubators should consider pursuing core funding in exchange for growing jobs and taxes for a regional economy.  For example, the companies MTA helped start from the idea stage accounted for over $50M in salaries and consultant costs last year, jobs which did not...

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05 Jun A Broader Focus

MTA is now considering broadening our focus.  After 5 years of focusing specifically on building companies we are now branching into the Start-Up Visa Program and facilitating market expansion of early technology into China.  Worth noting is that these new program streams are incremental to the foundation of our success in building companies.  This follows a pattern of behaviour articulated by Geoffrey Moore through his books Inside the Tornado and Crossing the Chasm.   Specifically, MTA’s...

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01 May The Importance of Measuring your Successes

We have now completed the KPIs for another year and I greatly encourage all organizations to identify, and measure, the things that are important to things. We measure jobs created, revenue earned, and investment secured by our clients and grads. Having the KPIs as a measurement tool helps focus our efforts during the year, and also provides a sound approach to measuring how effective we are. The results are very impressive and we continue to...

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