After a long and successful career split between the civil service and business consultancy, Perry Kinkaide thought he was ready for what he calls the geriatric Gs: golf, gardening and grandchildren. But he retained his fascination with startups and decided to get involved as an angel investor. “I’d watch these companies as one does a garden,” he says of his initial plan. “I’d be close to them to mitigate the risk and capitalize on [the investment].” So he limited his search to tech startups he liked within 100 kilometres of his hometown of Edmonton. Then he started to invest – and to learn his lessons.