Posted by Mark Skapinker on Jul 09, 2019

An unprecedented number of new tech startups continue to emerge in Canada, and many of them are pushing the envelope in markets that tech investors never would have considered (or had access to) in the past.

As Benedict Evans of Andreessen Horowitz told Bloomberg, “stop thinking about technology as something separate and apart from other companies or industries.”

So, how can you be a successful tech investor when everything is tech?

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Posted by Sophie Forest on Nov 20, 2018

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.

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Posted by Brightspark on Sep 17, 2018

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.

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Posted by Nolan Gery on Aug 01, 2018

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.

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Posted by Éléonore Jarry-Ferron on Jun 27, 2018

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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Posted by Sophie Forest on Nov 07, 2017

About a month ago, I attended the National Angel Capital Organization World Investment Summit. For three days, more than 500 investors and community members met in Montreal to discuss innovation in the Canadian investment ecosystem.

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Posted by Mark Skapinker on Oct 05, 2017

Growth companies often go through multiple rounds of financing. These range from raising growth capital, to expanding into new markets, or sometimes funding a pivot..

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Posted by Brightspark on May 10, 2017

It’s no secret that an increasing number of individuals are looking to invest in startups. The rise of crowdfunding platforms, syndicates and hybrid investment models in Canada is a good indication that the startup investing scene is alive and well.

Still, many individual investors are passing on early-stage companies as an asset class. Often, their hesitation stems from a couple of things...

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Posted by Brightspark on Mar 30, 2017

What is an accredited investor in Canada? We often get this question and it's time to demystify the rules regarding investing in startups and venture capital.

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Posted by Brightspark on Mar 07, 2017

In our last edition of Inside the Mind, we spoke to Mark about how pivoting stood the test of time to become one of the most important principles in startup businesses. As we journeyed through WinFax’s story, we discovered just how impactful a successful pivot can be. Today, we want to look a bit more into the practical side of pivoting and how market disruptions occur.

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