Brightspark Ventures http://brightspark.com Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:25:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Brightspark is investing in itself http://brightspark.com/brightspark-is-investing-in-itself/ http://brightspark.com/brightspark-is-investing-in-itself/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:05:58 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=918 ShareWith our fifth financing now in place, we have proven our new model of investing to be a success. Now Brightspark is ready to scale up. We are offering investors the opportunity to be a part of Brightspark as we …

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Brightspark in the Media http://brightspark.com/brightspark-in-the-media/ http://brightspark.com/brightspark-in-the-media/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 18:39:37 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=906 ShareThis an (almost) complete list of Brightspark being published in various media channels: Financial Post - Why startups should consider turning away the big bucks of venture capital July 30, 2015   YouINC - How to Impress Investors? Do your …

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Launching New Investment into Salesfloor with an Upcoming Webinar http://brightspark.com/launching-new-investment-into-salesfloor-with-an-upcoming-webinar/ http://brightspark.com/launching-new-investment-into-salesfloor-with-an-upcoming-webinar/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:10:52 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=882 ShareWe are very excited by the opportunity to invest into Salesfloor: It fits really well with our investment focus – huge market potential, a very knowledgeable and experienced founder/ CEO, a unique technology solving a real market opportunity and solid …

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Brightspark East launches a new way to fund Atlantic Canadian startups http://brightspark.com/brightspark-east-launches-a-new-way-to-fund-atlantic-canadian-startups/ http://brightspark.com/brightspark-east-launches-a-new-way-to-fund-atlantic-canadian-startups/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 15:48:00 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=666 ShareFor Immediate Release February 4, 2015 A new way of funding Atlantic Canadian startups Brightspark is bringing its successful venture capital model to the region. Atlantic Canada’s foremost angel investor community is introducing an innovative venture capital firm to the …

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Experienced Venture Managers launch new approach providing access to more investors http://brightspark.com/experienced-venture-managers-launch-new-approach-providing-access-to-more-investors/ http://brightspark.com/experienced-venture-managers-launch-new-approach-providing-access-to-more-investors/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:44:14 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=563 ShareFrom The National Post: Mark Skapinker, raised in South Africa but a resident of Canada for more than three decades, is one of the veterans of the country's venture capital industry. A participant in many transactions over that period, Skapinker's …

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Canadian Venture Capitalists back in the saddle and raring to go! http://brightspark.com/canadian-venture-capitalists-back-in-the-saddle-and-raring-to-go/ http://brightspark.com/canadian-venture-capitalists-back-in-the-saddle-and-raring-to-go/#comments Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:44:57 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=509 ShareSince the coverage we received in Techvibes, it appears that the “floodgates have been opened” and we are seeing lots and lots of dealflow. And frankly, the quality of dealflow is quite impressive. As the Techvibes article explained, Brightspark is …

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Brightspark’s new model for investing in Startups: A combination of the best of Venture Capital and Angel investing http://brightspark.com/a-new-model-of-vc-in-canada-brightspark-looks-to-disintermediate-its-own-industry-2/ http://brightspark.com/a-new-model-of-vc-in-canada-brightspark-looks-to-disintermediate-its-own-industry-2/#comments Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:31:06 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=496 SharePosted by Rob Lewis on Jan 13, 2014 Last week Techvibes reported on the stealthy seed round funding of Toronto's Hubba. While the cash injection dominated by Facebook friendly angels didn't sneak under the radar, a more interesting angle around …

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Tony Davis Praises Online Retailer Jewlr.com’s Personal Touch http://brightspark.com/tony-davis-praises-online-retailer-jewlr-coms-personal-touch-2/ http://brightspark.com/tony-davis-praises-online-retailer-jewlr-coms-personal-touch-2/#comments Sat, 18 Jan 2014 18:28:08 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=459 ShareTony Davis Praises Online Retailer Jewlr.com’s Personal Touch Innovative Retailer By Emili Vesilind, Senior Editor This story appears in the December 2013 issue of JCK magazine “A friendly, risk-free shopping experience” is one of the taglines on Jewlr.com, the Toronto-based …

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Grapple Mobile Ltd acquired by Monitise plc (LSE: MONI) http://brightspark.com/grapple-mobile-ltd-acquired-by-monitise-plc-lse-moni/ http://brightspark.com/grapple-mobile-ltd-acquired-by-monitise-plc-lse-moni/#comments Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:43:45 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=392 ShareFrom Monitise press release: Grapple Mobile Ltd - Acquisition Highlights The Company announces the acquisition of Grapple Mobile Ltd, a leading European mobile innovation and design agency delivering smartphone and tablet solutions for leading European brands including Whitbread, Procter & …

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What’s Next? Reflections on 15 years as a VC in Canada. http://brightspark.com/reflections-on-being-a-vc-in-canada/ http://brightspark.com/reflections-on-being-a-vc-in-canada/#comments Tue, 27 Aug 2013 22:35:39 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=377 ShareIt’s almost 15 years now that I have been a Venture Capital investor in Canada.  I started off as a software developer in the 80’s (actually, I started off wanting to live in a socialist utopia on a Kibbutz, but …

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Protecode Announces Free Cloud-Based Open Source License Management Solution http://brightspark.com/protecode-announces-free-cloud-based-open-source-license-management-solution/ http://brightspark.com/protecode-announces-free-cloud-based-open-source-license-management-solution/#comments Wed, 29 Aug 2012 19:14:01 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=351 ShareProtecodeCloud Complimentary Enables Efficient Access to List of Open Source Licenses and Copyrights in Software Portfolios OTTAWA, CANADA & SAN DIEGO, CA – August 29, 2012 – Protecode, a leading provider of open source compliance solutions, today announced a free …

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Hopper gets another $12M to organize the web’s travel data http://brightspark.com/hopper-gets-another-12m-to-organize-the-webs-travel-data/ http://brightspark.com/hopper-gets-another-12m-to-organize-the-webs-travel-data/#comments Wed, 15 Aug 2012 19:21:30 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=361 ShareBy Erica Ogg, gigaom Aug 15, 2012 Hopper’s multiyear mission to use big data tools to bring structure to the web’s travel-related information continues with a fresh infusion of cash. CEO Frederic Lalonde talked about how his company is taking …

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Founded By Former Expedia Engineers, Stealthy Travel Startup Hopper Closes $12 Million Series B http://brightspark.com/founded-by-former-expedia-engineers-stealthy-travel-startup-hopper-closes-12-million-series-b/ http://brightspark.com/founded-by-former-expedia-engineers-stealthy-travel-startup-hopper-closes-12-million-series-b/#comments Wed, 15 Aug 2012 19:18:36 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=357 ShareBy Sarah Perez, TechCrunch Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 Hopper, a stealthy consumer-facing travel startup in development for nearly five years so far, has closed on a $12 million Series B round of funding to grow its team in Boston. Hootsuite, …

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‘Big data’ community hacking center to open in Cambridge http://brightspark.com/big-data-community-hacking-center-to-open-in-cambridge/ http://brightspark.com/big-data-community-hacking-center-to-open-in-cambridge/#comments Thu, 17 May 2012 19:01:03 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=340 ShareBoston Business Journal by Kyle Alspach, VC Editor Kyle Alspach VC Editor- Boston Business Journal A new community space aiming to stimulate "big data" talent and startups in the Boston area, Hack/Reduce, is aiming to open in June after raising …

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The Last Mile of Virtualization http://brightspark.com/the-last-mile-of-virtualization/ http://brightspark.com/the-last-mile-of-virtualization/#comments Thu, 03 May 2012 21:26:47 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=338 ShareWolfgang Gentzsch, Executive HPC Consultant May 03, 2012 A review of eXludus’ new micro-virtualization technology for multicore environments In a previous article (We Need More than Multicore), I discussed the evolution of multicore processors, and the dramatic effect this processor …

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Hopper, le Google du voyage, veut casser la baraque http://brightspark.com/hopper-le-google-du-voyage-veut-casser-la-baraque/ http://brightspark.com/hopper-le-google-du-voyage-veut-casser-la-baraque/#comments Tue, 01 May 2012 18:40:24 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=333 SharePublié le 30 avril 2012 à 07h23 | Mis à jour le 30 avril 2012 à 12h50 La Presse (Montréal) Elle est encore largement inconnue et ne génère pas un cent de profit. Mais après des années de travail, la …

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eXludus Delivers Industry’s First Micro-Virtualization(TM) Solution to Align Processing Resources With Business Needs http://brightspark.com/exludus-delivers-industrys-first-micro-virtualizationtm-solution-to-align-processing-resources-with-business-needs/ http://brightspark.com/exludus-delivers-industrys-first-micro-virtualizationtm-solution-to-align-processing-resources-with-business-needs/#comments Tue, 01 May 2012 18:36:27 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=330 ShareDesigned for Multicore Systems, Dynamic Project Containers(TM) Technology Automates Workload Detection, Control, and Optimization With no Changes to Applications MONTREAL, April 25, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Addressing the challenges of optimizing multicore system resources at the application and project level, …

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Alloy Digital Acquires Leading Digital Women’s Lifestyle Media Network and Publisher B5Media http://brightspark.com/alloy-digital-acquires-leading-digital-womens-lifestyle-media-network-and-publisher-b5media/ http://brightspark.com/alloy-digital-acquires-leading-digital-womens-lifestyle-media-network-and-publisher-b5media/#comments Fri, 20 Apr 2012 18:19:35 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=303 ShareNEW YORK, Apr 20, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Alloy Digital, a leading creator and distributor of media and entertainment for the 12-34 demographic, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of B5Media, one of the fastest-growing female-oriented lifestyle …

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Salesforce.com Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Radian6, the Industry’s Leading Social Media Monitoring Platform http://brightspark.com/salesforce-signs-definitive-agreement/ http://brightspark.com/salesforce-signs-definitive-agreement/#comments Wed, 07 Mar 2012 16:27:00 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=113 ShareRadian6 is used by more than half of the FORTUNE 100 and companies like AAA, Dell, GE, Kodak, Molson Coors, Pepsico, and UPS to monitor, analyze and engage in social media conversations Radian6’s unique technology monitors hundreds of millions of …

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Your Startup’s in Crisis? A Venture Capitalist’s comments on the inevitable. http://brightspark.com/cras-sem-mattis/ http://brightspark.com/cras-sem-mattis/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=42 ShareSo, when do you panic? As an investor in many startups, we are always dealing with a major crisis in one of our companies. The reality of startups is that it is actually part of the normal process to have …

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Venture Capital in Canada feels like Springtime. http://brightspark.com/201109summers-over/ http://brightspark.com/201109summers-over/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2011 11:25:52 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=46 ShareNormally this is the time of the year that really stresses me out. It is late September in Ontario, summer is over, the leaves are starting to change colour, and while it is still pretty nice out, it’s real clear …

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Summerhill, Brightspark and BDC Winners of CVCA’s 2011 Venture Capital ‘Deal of the Year’ Award http://brightspark.com/summerhill-brightspark-and-bdc-winners-of-cvcas-2011-venture-capital-deal-of-the-year-award/ http://brightspark.com/summerhill-brightspark-and-bdc-winners-of-cvcas-2011-venture-capital-deal-of-the-year-award/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2011 00:13:00 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=318 Share TORONTO: CVCA - Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association is pleased to announce that Summerhill Venture Partners, Brightspark Ventures and BDC Venture Capital are the recipients of CVCA’s 2011 ‘Deal of the Year Award’ for the venture capital …

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3 Reasons VC’s Say No (and why it’s sometimes the start of the relationship) http://brightspark.com/when-to-say-no/ http://brightspark.com/when-to-say-no/#comments Wed, 09 May 2007 19:55:42 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=270 ShareWe want to see lots of deals, but the challenge is to meet expectations. Given the volume of deals that we see on a weekly basis, we consistently need to be selective in determining which deals we will pursue and …

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Zero Debate – Success comes through more “Bill Gateses” and not more graduates http://brightspark.com/tristique-tortor-sem-bibendum/ http://brightspark.com/tristique-tortor-sem-bibendum/#comments Mon, 26 Feb 2007 03:24:32 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=44 Share The press in Canada has been full of articles about how Bill Gates thinks that if Canada and the US want to stay ahead, they should "focus on improving the quality of education and expanding the number of young …

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Building a high-growth startup? Two words. Corporate Culture. http://brightspark.com/corporate-culture-is-what-gets-it-all-done/ http://brightspark.com/corporate-culture-is-what-gets-it-all-done/#comments Thu, 01 Jun 2006 19:54:38 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=268 ShareThis week, we had a reunion in Toronto for the company that I co-founded in the 80s/90s called Delrina.  (For some history, see wikipedia).  Amazingly, close to 200 ex-Delrina employees attended (see photos here at Flickr),  but more amazingly this …

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What happens when a bunch of VC’s are in a room together? The CVCA. http://brightspark.com/going-to-the-cvca/ http://brightspark.com/going-to-the-cvca/#comments Wed, 31 May 2006 19:48:15 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=256 Share I am on a plane to Vancouver heading for the CVCA annual conference. (No wireless access to e-mails with Air Canada so got lots of time on my hands). For those of you not familiar with the Canadian venture …

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7 year old interviews her Mom, the Venture Capitalist. http://brightspark.com/interview-with-a-7-year-old/ http://brightspark.com/interview-with-a-7-year-old/#comments Fri, 12 May 2006 19:51:32 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=261 Share Last weekend, my daughter, 7 years old, had to prepare an interview with one of her parents about their job.  She chose me, lucky her - I am a venture capitalist. Explaining what a venture capitalist does to most …

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WOW meetings are what VC’s are looking for! http://brightspark.com/the-wow-meeting/ http://brightspark.com/the-wow-meeting/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2006 19:52:14 +0000 http://brightspark.com/?p=263 Share A few weeks ago, I walked out of a pitch meeting with an entrepreneur and the only thing I could think about was how to close this deal quickly and make sure that I scooped it from the competition. …

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