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Basil Peters by Mind Map: Basil Peters
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Basil Peters

  Basil Peters has always been fascinated by technology. For the first half of his career he was an entrepreneurial CEO. More recently, he has been a hedge fund manager, venture capitalist and angel investor. Basil has co-founded and managed three technology investment funds: Fundamental Technologies I, BC Advantage Funds, and Fundamental Technologies II. Basil's first book is also on exits - Early Exits - Exit Strategies for Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors (But Maybe Not Venture Capitalists). His goal is to help entrepreneurs and angels have more profitable, and more frequent, exits. Basil is passionate about entrepreneurship and believes the world would be a better place if we encouraged more young people to be entrepreneurs. He also enjoys speaking to groups of investors or entrepreneurs.  

Education, Entrepreneurship and the Future of the Western World


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Book: Early Exits – Exit Strategies for Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors (But Maybe Not Venture Capitalists)

We have been fortunate in BC

World class education

One of the greatest economies in the world




Today, all these industries are in trouble

Decline of the Western World

Not as well of as our parents!

We are where the Romans were in the time of Nero

Or the British were at the end of the colonial period


Global trade


The World is Now a Small Place

Bright Spots

Startups create ALL the new Jobs!

This has been going for the last 30 years

They're mostly based on knowledge

Not on natural resources, Based on our minds

Startups have changed!

The amount of capital required

How quickly they grow

How early they can exit (be sold)

A Golden Era for Enterpreneurs

There has never been time before to create a company with so little money, grow quickly and be sold for a lot of money

68% of University startups created between 1980 to 200 remained in busienss in 2001

These are companies created by students

Why do students suceed?, Native intelligence, Desire to learn

New node

Students -> enterprenuer's

Accustomed to learning fast

Not risk averse

Educating our young people

For our children to prosper in 21st century

Teach them about this new world

Teach them to be enterprenurs

The global economy has changed

Lehman Brothers are gone

GM is bankrupt

Mortgage Crisis

Market Lossess trillions

The summer crisis in Greece

18 million vacant houses in the US