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Ottawa’s Venture Creation Group gets ‘re-energized’

By Francis Moran

I heard some terrific counsel last night from serial startup veteran Mahshad Koohgoli at The Ottawa Network’s inaugural Venture Creation Group event of the season. Koohgoli, who helmed Nimcat Networks from launch through to a successful acquisition by Avaya Networks, was the key presenter at what the VCG hopes will be a re-energized forum for the local start-up community. Or, as gracious host LaBarge Weinstein lawyer James Smith put it:

“Our overall objective is to re-energize the VCG by providing a forum for hard, constructive networking among local entrepreneurs and enterprising service providers – facilitating management team formation, in particular – with a view to similarly re-energizing the nature, volume and impact of technology startups in the region. We welcome anyone interested in the same objective, and would be happy to hear from startup founders who would like to participate.”

The new format, sessions of which will be held at LWLaw’s offices in Kanata every second Wednesday starting at 5pm, aims to bring practical advice to entrepreneurs so they can, as Koohgoli more or less put it, “Learn what to do in your first start-up so you can avoid making the same mistakes in your next start-up.” Incidentally, his next start-up, called Protecode, is very much a consequence of some lessons he said Nimcat struggled to learn.

Reflections on a job well done

By Danny Sullivan

Still basking in the glory of Scotland’s magnificent victory over France in Paris last week, I found it impossible to begin this post without talking about it. After reflecting on the result, I realised it’s actually more relevant to this blog than I first thought.

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