Just got back from Las Vegas where I was at ‘The Deal Room’, a personalized investment conference organized by Jay Martin and his team at Cambridge House. It showed that there is a way for everyone to leave Las Vegas as a winner.
There were thirty-six public and private companies, about evenly split among mineral exploration, cannabis, and technology. They got a chance to meet with a selection of relevant investors that Cambridge flew in and hosted. Forty-two people encompassing high net worth individuals, brokers, family offices, and institutional funds. Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Europe, Hong Kong – an interesting and select group.
The venue was the Cosmopolitan Hotel – excellent in every way and the Cambridge team had things organized to the nth degree.
Call this ‘Vegas Deal Room’ an unqualified success. Companies, both public and private, should be fighting to get on the list for the next one.
It’s amazing that the morons in charge [aka the BC government] haven’t figured out that the effect of well-done promotion from 1986 (remember Expo?) through 2010 (remember the Winter Olympics?) and up to today involving a relatively small area has been to focus many eyes and much money on real estate here (the Lower Mainland).
When potential investors find out we quote prices in heavily discounted Canadian loonies that use the $ sign, the party is on.
Blame ‘crooks’? Maybe – but obviously there’s some difficulty with that approach. How about looking at income levels and how to raise them while remaining competitive?
A lot of attention is being paid to Cambridge Analytica and one of its founders, Christopher Wylie.
He spoke at the latest Cambridge conference – Extraordinary Future 18 – and I had a chance to ask him a few questions.
He got his start by volunteering for work with a Canadian political party, and things developed amazingly quickly thereafter. Still a young guy – he hasn’t hit 30 yet – but he’s had enough adventures to form the basis for a barnburner of a movie.
There is a lot of interesting detail in this excellent article in The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/17/data-war-whistleblower-christopher-wylie-faceook-nix-bannon-trump