David Crow is the Managing Director at Danger Capital Corporation. Danger Capital provides advisory services to emerging companies preparing for growth and financing. Danger Capital goes beyond traditional process-driven transaction advisory; we enable teams to look at their business through the lens of potential investors in order to identify key metrics and prepare a consistent execution plan. Our THENEXTPHASE workshops coach founders and teams on building financial plans and developing early traction in rapid time periods as part of accelerators and economic development organizations. Prior to starting Danger Capital, David was a Director at OMERS Ventures, the venture capital arm of OMERS, and he was a cofounder of Influitive, an advocate marketing platform. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Waterloo.
David is a heart attack survivor. He live blogged his heart attack in 2006. And he is grateful to the HSF for advances in medical research, patient care, heart disease prevention and awareness in Ontario and beyond. David loves to ski and he hopes he is raising girls who will also love to ski. Even right now he’d prefer to be in the trees, or the bumps, but on the snow.
Startup founders have several options for growth. They can expand organically, funnelling revenues back into expansion. They can take traditional debt, avoiding dilution but eating into margins. They can close equity financing, sharing their risk but also reducing their upside. But in recent years, the accelerator option has become an increasingly popular option.
Accelerator programs are...
Accelerators promise access to funding, mentors, and a high-intensity environment that ruthlessly hones your message and proves your business model. On the other hand, they’re a huge distraction from meeting customers, shipping product, and focus.
At least, that’s what our two teams of debaters are going to argue.
In this Oxford-style...