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A bi-weekly column with timely, relevant and possibly irreverent insight into the BC technology industry.

Something Ventured:
December 22nd, 2003

By Brent Holliday
Greenstone Venture Partners

It's the time of year to have a smile on your face, so I thought I'd break from the ordinary this week. With apologies to Weird Al Yankovic, I thought I'd try a little creative lyricism with some of my favourite Yuletide tunes. You may have noticed my passion for music and especially the lyrics, so it's only natural that I try and re-write a few of my own.

Here's how it works. In your head, you have to think about the song "Let It Snow", picture me in a velour jacket behind a piano in a smoky bar and then read the words below:

Oh, the last few years were frightful
But '04 looks so delightful
The economy is on a roll
Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow

Good jobs, they were a-dropping
Forced engineers to slop at Burger King
Now the resumes are starting to flow
Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow

Well we finally got it right
After three years of real bombs
'Cause the money got really tight
As we all shook off our dotcoms

Now the NASDAQ is surely climbing
IPOs, they won't be denying
What a great time to be CEO
Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow

Now, think of the jingling sounds of a horse drawn sleigh and to the tune of "Walking In A Winter Wonderland", read these lyrics:

Hey Paul Martin, are you listening
On your laurels, don't be resting
The future's in sight, if you do it right
Making tech grow across the land

Gone away is Jean Chretien
His policies we won't mention
We can't carry on, the way we did with Jean
Making tech grow across the land

To stimulate you could do some tax cuts
And make sure that R&D was really strong
Your peers might say that you've gone nuts
Just say it was your plan all along

Later on, it won't be dire
When technology is on fire
Cause you faced unafraid, the plans that we made
Making tech grow across the land

Finally, think of warm fires, stiff egg-nog and the crooning tune of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and read this:

Have yourself so very little work stress
It's not worth the fight
Look at what we've been through
Makes your jaw real tight

Have yourself so very little work stress
Make all the effort pay
From now on real profits
Will make the pain go away

Never again
As in dotcom days
Happy gold rush days
Of yore
Working stupid hours
Counting all our stock
Watching their worth
Go through the floor

Now that your goals are somewhat modest
You're not a billionaire
Get out and enjoy a life in BC now
And have yourself so very little work stress, eh?

Letters From Last Time -

Stop the presses... I was wrong. Never happened before. Ahem. Turns out that a few of the HR departments around the lower mainland were awake and did see my guesstimates at local employment in the last column, How The Mighty Have Survived.

Creo employs about 1,500 people locally, not the 2,000 previously reported. That still has them number one as Crystal was also slightly less than the nearly 1,500. I was told that Crystal employs about 1,350 here. Also, I had it pointed out to me that the Nortel operations in Richmond have pretty much evaporated and that they should have been in the Going, Going, Gone list with about 150 jobs.

I regret the errors, but knew that my guesses based on annual reports, press releases and web sites might be off a bit.

What Do You Think? Talk Back To Brent Holliday


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is a bi-weekly column designed to supplement the T-Net British Columbia web site with some timely, relevant and possibly irreverent insight into the industry. I hope to share some of the perspective and trends that I see in my role as a VC. The column is always followed by feedback (if its positive or constructive. I'll keep the flames to myself, thanks).

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