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A Chance to Do Better: Comments From Capital Ideas 2013

In October of 2013, the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) held its annual Capital Ideas Conference with a particular focus on mining and venture capital markets.  A broad variety of topics were discussed such as raising capital, high frequency trading, retail investor participation.  The BCSC has put together a selection of videos of the panel discussion which is worthwhile to check out.

While it is intuitively simple, the impact of an entire economic sector losing altitude is jarring to the people and stakeholders within it.  In addition to the companies themselves, the broker dealers, financiers and even the exchanges have been impacted by the downturn in the sector.

This conference was an interesting forum for two key reasons. First, it allowed participants to confront the reality of adapting to new models of doing business. Second, and more importantly, it enabled stakeholders to think about the future of the marketplace and to challenge the existing ways of operating in the capital markets that don’t fit the current cycle for many junior mining and exploration companies.

A topic the CSE is particularly passionate about addressing is the current state of raising capital faced by many junior companies.  During a portion of the panel discussion that focused on the challenges facing public companies, CSE CEO Richard Carleton was invited to provide his thoughts on the subject.

According to Richard, despite the many challenges facing the industry, there are opportunities for positive change.

Some of the improvements to the marketplace he mentioned included:

  • Costs to be lowered for the dealers and companies that do business with exchanges
  • Promoting effective market making models
  • Levelling the playing field for access to market data

Check out the following video to hear Richards remarks on the possible opportunities to improve the marketplace for multiple participants.

Hitting their Stride: Two Growing Tech Firms Push Confidently into 2014

A great piece was published today by Peter Murray of Proactive Investors that discussed two emerging technology companies listed on the CSE.  The article discusses Gener8 Media Corp. (CSE:GNR) and RESAAS Services Inc. (CSE:RSS) and their respective performances in 2013 as well as what has been driving their recent successes.

Of particular interest is how both of these technology companies have approached the challenges of growing their businesses and how they’ve sought the additional capital to support that growth.

Highlights from the article include:

  • How Gener8 Media Corp has become a leading provider of 2D to 3D conversion for the entertainment industry;
  • Gener8’s capital raising strategy and how it has helped to transform their business;
  • The success of RESAAS’s online social platform designed around real estate agents;
  • How RESAAS has managed its resources to enable them to compete for additional revenues.

We’re happy to hear about the growth these companies have achieved and look forward to hearing about what transpires for 2014.

For more information, you can check out the full article here:
Gener8, RESAAS put West Coast on CSE’s tech map with big 2013 gains

And watch the video profiles below for each company:

Photo above: Gener8 CEO Rory Armes – photo/video credit Noravera Visuals – www.noravera.com