MIKE VOLKER GIVES INSIDE LOOK AT WORLD OF STARTUP INVESTING
Posted by Sumari MacLeod
October 30, 2014
The Startup Grind Fireside Chat has become an institution.
Like any institution, it attracts all kinds of speakers. Some speakers are young and merry and a little insouciant. Others are more dignified. And sometimes, the Fireside Chat attracts someone exactly in the middle. The speaker on Thursday, October 15, was notable local angel investor Mike Volker, current Director of the Simon Fraser University Innovation Office.
The two Cheryls, Draper and Mack, know how to put on an event by now. Everything is just so: from the bright happy lanterns hanging from the ceiling to the abundance of food for the sold out crowd, the event was smooth.
Mike Volker resembled a well-loved uncle. Despite his success, he doesn't seem concerned with putting on airs. He wears his pants as short as he dares, and his microphone hand features more than one ring.
His words of wisdom were some of the most down to earth to be featured at a Fireside Chat yet. His advice ranged from the practical—to be successful at something, do it many times, and know your trade. Anything can be a technology—innovation defines technology to Volker, not hardware.