Basil Peters

For the first half of my career I was an entrepreneurial CEO. More recently, I've been a hedge fund manager, venture capitalist and angel investor.

This my personal website. It describes my background, has links to my other web sites and hosts the presentations from my recent speaking engagements.

Technology Entrepreneur

I have always been fascinated by technology.

While I was still in grad school I co-founded Nexus Engineering. My first company grew fast and generated a surprising number of awards and press coverage.

We sold the Nexus Group after a decade and I went from being a starving entrepreneur with every cent I could borrow in the company I was running, to actually having some investable capital.

As a techie born and raised in Vancouver, I thought everything was bigger and brighter in Silicon Valley. My next CEO job was at ICTV Inc. - right in the heart of the Valley. I learned that the Valley is bigger, but not necessarily better. I'm now convinced entrepreneurs can be just as successful in Vancouver as in the Valley, or anywhere else in the world.

Fund Manager

I've co-founded and managed three technology investment funds.

My first fund was a hedge fund - Fundamental Technologies I. I believe it was the first hedge fund in BC.

By 2002, at the bottom of the bust, the tech equity bargains were irresistible, but I still couldn't find anyone who wanted to co-invest. So I started a family of early-stage venture capital funds which are now the BC Advantage Funds.

My current angel fund is Fundamental Technologies II.

Putting Something Back

I am passionate about entrepreneurship and believe the world would be a better place if we encouraged more young people to be entrepreneurs.

In the hope of helping to create more successful entrepreneurs, I speak regularly on campuses and for associations. My recent presentations are available here.

I also publish on a blog on best practices for angel investors and entrepreneurs at

Articles by Basil Peters

Timing Your Exit - Don’t Ride It Over the Top
Selling a Business - A Guide for Entrepreneurs and Investors
Google Wants To Do Even Earlier Exits
Inc. Magazine Selects Early Exits as one of the Best Books for Business Owners of 2009
Angel Term Sheet Evolution Video
Exit Early - Exit Often, Keynote HD Video
Exit Strategies for Angel Investors Video
Start at the End - Your Exit Strategy - presented at the 2009 New Ventures BC Seminar Series
M&A Advisers Should be Close to Home
Early Exits - Your Golden Opportunity - Full HD Video
The Angel Investor Blog List
How much will you pay an M&A Advisor to sell your company?
Don't Blow the Biggest Deal of Your Life
Maximize Your Company's Exit Value
Exit Strategies for Angel Investors and Entrepreneurs Videos
Venture Analysis – Access Your Startup’s Feasibility and Fundability
Angels finance 27 times more start-ups than VCs
Angel Investing is Where VC was 25 Years Ago
Start Up Now - Keynote Speech at Enterprize 2009
VC Return Numbers are Bogus
Optimum Share and Option Vesting
Why VCs Will Block Good Exits
Venture Capital Fund Lifetimes
What Happens to Exits When VCs Invest
Venture Capital Exit Times - What it Means for Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors
Venture Capital Funds - How the Math Works
Venture Capital Firms Are Too Big
The Essential Startup To Do List
Exit strategy - it’s a good time to sell a tech company
Early Exits are a Natural Consequence of the Internet
Angel Investing Taking Off in BC
We are really good at early exits in BC and Alberta
Startup Funding – the Friends and Family Round
Funding your startup - target family and angels, not VCs.
Basil Peters