Meet AOMS Technologies, a new addition to Brightspark’s portfolio.
Before co-founding Brightspark, Managing Partner Mark Skapinker was on the other side of the table as a tech entrepreneur. In our latest blog post, Mark shares the reality of being an entrepreneur in Canada at a time when there wasn’t a thriving tech industry like the one we see today - the challenges he faced and some of the fundamentals that have stayed the same.
Last year, we doubled the size of our network, we invested over $15M in 8 portfolio companies (including re-investments), and we took part in one of largest financing round in Canadian history.
With 7,000 attendees from 170 countries, 1,200 speakers and over 2,000 startups participating - the Web Summit conference is a unique playground for tech investors like us to keep in touch with current global trends, learn from different industry leaders, mingle with other investors from around the globe, and widen our horizons.
In this post, we have summarized our Venture team's main takeaways, a few of our favorite keynotes, and best memories from Lisbon.
This episode deals with what we affectionately call the “teenage years” of VC investments. Just like teens, early-stage companies go through ups and downs, including periods of high pressure and uncertainty – they are trying to figure out who they want to be when they grow up. A big part of Sophie Forest’s role as Managing Partner is to work with founders in our portfolio through their company’s formative years. Being a mother to teenage daughters, she shares some of the parallels between being a VC and a parent.
Brightspark is broadening its investment focus. While the core of what we do is – and will remain – investing in Series A stage companies, we are moving up and down the VC investment pipeline. In the future, you will likely see us placing extra-selective bets on pre-Seed/Seed companies, as well as backing more mature companies at an early growth stage.
Brightspark State of Mind - Episode 1: Creating Proprietary Deal Flow and Relationships in Venture Capital
Episode 1 is about creating proprietary deal flow and relationships in venture capital. In a thriving tech ecosystem like Canada, finding great companies to invest in isn’t the challenge - finding those deals before anyone else is. In today’s episode, Alex and Eleonore discuss finding and creating proprietary deal flow, and the importance of relationships in venture capital.
How a venture capitalist prepares for a potential economic downturn.
In VC much like elsewhere in life, risk and return are correlated. If you want to make higher returns, you must take on higher risk. The most powerful strategy to mitigate that risk is diversification. We’ve identified four best practices that will guide you in diversifying your portfolio.
There are many more opportunities for investors to surf the smartphone S-curve. In this post, we look at where the world of mobile is today, how we got there, and where tech startup investors should be looking to next to cash in on the industry.
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