Brightspark Insider | March 2017

Posted by Brightspark on Mar 23, 2017

What's new with Brightspark this March? Well, quite a bit! Some of this month's highlights include portfolio company mentions on BNN, Bloomberg and Inc. as well as a new addition to our growing team.

Portfolio highlights

Hubba CEO, Ben Zifkin, is featured on BNN and talks about the Hubba story.

Hopper CEO, Fred Lalonde, was featured on Bloomberg.

Nudge Rewards CEO, Lindsey Goodchild, was featured in the Financial Post

Wysdom.AI (formerly known as CrowdCare) had their first patent approved. Read more about it here.

nGuvu released part 3 of their Contact Centre roadmap on Predictive Analytics.

Hopper releases Fair Bear. TechCrunch has details here.

Nudge Rewards released a report on the role of Mobile Technology in the Workplace

Hubba made Inc's list of the 7 startup Canadian companies Americans should know about.

gShift CEO, Krista Lariviere, hosted a webinar on PPC and SEO best practices. Watch it here.

Join our investor workshop in Halifax | March 29th

Don't miss our investor workshop on March 29th with Sophie Forest (Managing Partner at Brightspark). This is a free introductory course that focuses on the basics of early-stage investment. This event is ideal for individual investors looking to learn the ropes, or seasoned investors seeking to brush up on their investing prowess.

Mark Skapinker shares some wisdom on startup pivots

Earlier this month, Mark was interviewed by our team member, Julian, to see what wisdom could be extracted from his experiences with WinFax and Delrina. In part one, we explored the concept of pivoting and in part two we focus on how disruption occurs

Forbes article: Trends in FinTech for 2017

We spend a lot of time listening to the members in our network and continue to learn about the interest that individual investors have in VC deals as well as other opportunities that have previously only been available to institutional investors. We know that our investors are interested in high quality, curated, VC-grade investments; they want to choose their investments, and they want to receive ongoing feedback on their investments.

In this interesting article, Antoine Drean of Forbes expands on this theme. Here are some of the highlights: Allocations to Private Equity continue to rise, the value of VC investment is growing, investors are increasingly taking investments into their own hands and, finally, electronic marketplaces continue to gain traction. There's a lot more great and relevant information in this article, so we recommend giving it a thorough read. Read the full Forbes article here.

The Brightspark team is growing!

We’re happy to introduce the newest member of the Brightspark team, Alexandre Cabrejo-Jones

He has joined us as our sales and business development manager. Prior to joining our team, Alexandre worked in sales and in the financial services industry, and even co-founded an initiative dedicated to the development of unconventional and innovative investment products.

Alex is fully bilingual and works out of our Montreal office - book some time to meet him or chat on the phone

Thank you for funding Canada's best early-stage companies with us and see you in April! 

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- The Brightspark Team