#Pfizer #HealthQR (Next CDN Unicorn?) Beta-test ‘Taking your Meds Solution’ for Pharmacies & Customers! Whoa!


Whoa! #HealthQR #NovaScotia #Canada ’s next emerging Unicorn?

From Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada ———-HealthQR helps people take their meds then they are supposed to. Yes, that’s right….

Okay, there’s more — our very own HealthQR from Halifax #betatests all paid by the giant Pfizer from NYC!


Then there is – Halifax’s HealthQR marketplace, around ……29 million people in North America (Canada & US) that have a chronic illness & smartphone!

Read more at…HealthQRPfizer



$1.3 billion Emerging #Canada Marijuana Industry Lights Up!


There’s a new kid in town!  Yes, the medical marijuana industry and the US is paying attention to this industry! 

Is this the Canadian industry poised to become our next unicorns?  Sources state the Marijuana industry in Canada may be worth a whooping $1.3 Billion by 2024! 

It seems our Doctors are on board with a whooping 76 % of Doctors surveyed approve usage of medical marijuana!

Canada’s emerging industry and our next unicorns may be medical marijuana.  In 2002, there were only 500 registered Canadian Marijuana Patients.  In 2015, 50,000 registered.

Predicted to be 309,000 medical marijuana patients by 2024!

End of 2014, there are only 16 licensed marijuana producers in Canada, so it seems like there is room for growth!


With a Twist #Halifax #NS #famousCanadians sculpture Queen 4 Queen’s Jubilee


#LatenightwithDrPaul #JoeLandry #BrianGazeley #famousCanadians showcase Global treasures…exotic treasures#Queen’sJubilee sculptures – artists #Nova Scotia. Fun cooking show with celebrities next!

Late Night with Dr. Paul

Check out our own famous Nova Scotian Late Night With Dr. Paul interviewing Joe Landry and Brian Gazeley – two famous Canadian artists. Brian Gazeley and Joe Landry made sculptures for the Queen’s Jubilee.  And, that’s not all, they have travelled and worked with or for the who’s who in showbiz and business.

Their  overall message seemed to be believe and showcase Nova Scotia treasures.  They have and now are on to a fun cooking show with celebrities next!  Thanks go out to Late Nite with Dr. Paul and his martinis in Halifax, Nova Scotia!

Late Night Picture.

Companies returning on O’Leary’s investments all led by Women.

Kevin Oleary.

pictured above – Lana Larder, Kevin O’Leary

‘One thing’s for sure: We should be elevating women to the CEO position because we’re getting better returns,” Kevin O’Leary said. “You don’t need another reason in business. In my case, the numbers speak for themselves.”‘

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/kevin-olearys-female-ceos-make-all-the-money-2015-5#ixzz3apzqYJrw

5 Startup Patterns & Traits $32 billion + Companies – Twitter, Uber, Pinterest, Instagram


If you own a company, and you are in the startup phase, the easiest way may be to learn from those that have reached $32 billion + status?

What are the patterns and traits found in $32 billion + companies like Twitter, Uber, Pinterest and Instagram?


What did they look like as startups?

Even, more important, may be why did they get funded when they were startups?



Thanks to Shasta Ventures for the study on $32 billion dollar plus companies to uncover patterns revealing common traits including:

Patterns of $32 billion+companies, Twitter, Uber, Pinterest & Instagram

‘1) Easy to dismiss ideas.twitter big news.

2) Competitive markets.

3) Reinventing existing customer experience.

4) Untested founders.

5) Zero monetization’



According to Shasta Ventures, the key takeaway is ‘that there are large companies to be built by offering new, innovative and superior customer experiences to large markets, regardless of how competitive the sector already is or how successful the founders have been before.’



Already Flush Cash Canada Deploys Capital: Bullish M&A’s UP 40.4%

Increasingly Upbeat Canada  M&A Up 40.4 % Year-on-Year, 2014; C$245.7 billion


Reasons to be bullish Canada M&A 2015

  1. Growth and scale.
  2. Commodity prices lowest level in years. Opportunities for resource deals at discounts.
  3. Extended low interest good for real estate M&A.
  4. Stronger economic activity.
  5. Canadian dollar decline over past 12 months. International and US buyers have structural discount advantage.
  6. Large number of Canadian transactions involve small and medium sized businesses often in the distribution channel with the majority valued at under US$100 million.   Up to 30 % owned by baby boomers looking for an exit strategy. Private sales are popular.

 Internationally, there seems to be a search to scale with other markets in North America seeing increased M&A. Key deals reveal size is becoming important.  Once the norm was between $5 billion and $10 billion, with the norm moving closer to $10 billion driven by the desire to reach scale.

Exit Strategy #Exit #M&A #IPO  have.

Merger & Acquisition (M&A). This usually means merging with a similar company, or being bought by a larger company. This is a win-win situation when bordering companies have complementary skills, and can save resources by combining. For bigger companies, it’s a more efficient and a quicker way to grow their revenue than to create new products.

The Merger & Acquisition strategy is the most likely option for companies.

Name potential companies (any unique relationships with them?)

Name types / categories of companies that could acquire you?

Why would they acquire you, how do you fit into their strategy?

Why don’t they try and build it themselves?

Initial Public Offering (IPO). This used to be the preferred mode, and the quick way to riches. They are flashy, and they get all the press.  Some say they make the lottery look good by comparison. Many public companies weren’t even founded by entrepreneurs, but rather were spun out from existing companies.cartoon

If you’re funded by professional investors with a track record of taking companies public, you might be able to do it.

 What is involved in an IPO? 

You start by spending millions just preparing for the road show (dog and pony show)  where you convince investors  your stock should be worth as much as possible. Unlike an acquisition, where you craft a good fit with a single suitor, and approach hundreds of analysts.

Dog and pony


  • You’ ll be on the cover of Newsweek.
  • Your stock will be worth in the tens–or maybe even hundreds–of millions of dollars plus.

Your VCs will finally stop bugging you as they frantically try to insure their shares will retain value even when the lockout period expires.


Only a very few number of small businesses actually have this option available to them since there are very few IPOs completed annually.

You need financial and accounting rigor from day one far above what many entrepreneurs generally put in place.  Some forms of corporations will require a reorganization before they can be taken public.

You’ll spend your time selling the company, not running it. Investment bankers take a percent off the top, and transaction costs for an IPO can run in the millions.When your lockout restrictions expire, your stock may  be worth very little.


what is your data worthBut, with money to grow the business from the infusion of cash derived from the sale of stock, the company may grow its business without having to borrow from traditional sources, and it will thus avoid paying the interest required to service debts. stock.

The cash  spent on growth initiatives can result in a better bottom line. New capital may be spent on marketing and advertising, hiring more experienced personnel who require lucrative compensation packages, research and development of new products and/or services, renovation of physical plants, new construction and dozens of other programs to expand the business and improve profitability.

investorsSell to a friendly individual. This is not an M&A, since it is not combining two entities into one. Yet it’s a great way to “cash out” so you can pay investors, pay yourself, take some time off, and get ready to have some fun all over again. The ideal buyer is someone who has more skills and interest on the operational side of the business, and can scale it.

Will your company generate excess cash flow that could make it attractive to financial buyers to generate a return?