This could be the beginning of a new adventure for the voice marketplace. Angels will be watching and listening in Toronto, perhaps making a decision that will significantly change the way people think of voice overs and potentially, your voice over business.
As I write, David is on his way to Toronto where he will be presenting Voices.com for Angel Investment at the Canadian Venture Forum. While I’m waiting on his call to confirm that he has arrived safely, let me tell you a bit about the Canadian Venture Forum and how we came to be involved with this organization of people who could help to dramatically grow and raise awareness for the voice industry overnight.
It all started with our relationship with the TechAlliance. Carmen Gicante suggested that David enter Voices.com for consideration to present at the Canadian Venture Forum. Upon Carmen’s strong recommendation, we were entered and after a very thorough application process, were subsequently selected to present. The people presiding over and lecturing at the forum (conference) are Angel Investors, Venture Capitalists and Venture Capital Firms comprised of top tier investors from across North America.
In total, 60 companies in Canada were handpicked by a panel of North America’s finest to present their case for investment in one of three streams: Angel Investment, Venture Capital, and Public Streams. Even to be invited to present is an honour. The Canadian Venture Forum touts this event as a national showcase where the brightest and best, carefully screened quality investment opportunities meet top tier North American investors and angels. To put it in lay terminology, this is a big deal, folks, for us and for you our stakeholders.
The opportunity is huge. For the right investor, Voices.com is a dream company to invest in.
You may recall that a while back we were quoted in the Globe and Mail in an article by Sean Wise of Wise Mentor Capital about picking a business partner. You may also recall that it was Sean who invited David to Toronto last year to audition for the CBC program Dragon’s
Den. Sean Wise also happens to be chairing the Canadian Venture Forum. It will be nice to see a friendly face at the event. Another friendly face from the Mesh Conference last year at the Canadian Venture Forum is key note speaker Dr. Paul Kedrosky, lecturing on the Future of Tech Investing. As we were talking about this opportunity last night, I came to one of the same conclusions that we usually advise to you as voice talents, and for many of you, the same concept that you already agree upon and subscribe to: We are not competing for investment, we are being selected for investment.
That statement is short and it has everything to do with attitude.
We also know that our company is worth investing in, just as you know that your voice talents are worth employing. Sure, there are many companies in the Angel Investment stream other than Voices.com, however, each Angel Investor is a different person looking for a unique opportunity that is in line with qualities and ideals that they had conceived of investing in before this event. The same goes for voice talents and work that is out there for voice overs. We also have our own thoughts and stipulations about the kind of investor we prefer working with. Just as much as we are presenting to them, the angel investors are presenting to us.
The weather has been just awful, and it’s a comfort to receive a call confirming David’s arrival in Toronto at midnight. Ice has been a problem in Toronto lately on the highways, most notably the closure of the Gardiner Express Way due to falling ice from overpasses and interestingly enough, the CN Tower itself.
As I’ve been typing, I was thinking about the very real difference between writing a press release about something and actually blogging about it.
A week ago, I wrote a press release announcing that Voices.com would be presenting at the Canadian Venture Forum and I have to wonder if even a handful of you may have read it via those channels. Sharing this with you here at VOX Daily affords a different perspective and writing style as well as feedback to be received. It’s also more personal and candid this way as is generally always the case when you are comparing public relations fare with blogging. I feel privileged that I can do both and that you are reading this post! If you have any encouragement for David, please leave a comment for him here on the blog. Your support is much appreciated.