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 Mark Skapinker on Sep 11, 2017

We’ve been through all the ups and downs and we’ve learned a lot along the way. We’ve learned about what works and what doesn’t, and about what makes a great Venture Capital investment. Curious by nature, we constantly experimented, taking on many forms over the years.

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Posted by Jonathan Latsky on Jul 11, 2017

Brexit, Donald Trump, and the rise of the alt-right in Europe have been at the top of our entrepreneurs’ and investors’ minds this past year. With shifting political realities worldwide, many entrepreneurs are evaluating how these changes may affect their business strategies.

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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 May 10, 2017

Hundreds of investors and leaders in the Canadian technology industry came together at the Brightspark Investor Summit. Despite the rain, the energy in the MaRS auditorium remained undampened!

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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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Posted by Brightspark on Mar 01, 2017

Pivot is a word that tends to be thrown around. You might have heard it in an infamous Friends episode, in basketball and, more recently, in the startup world... I sat down with Mark to get his understanding of the “startup pivot” and it brought us on a trip into the late 80s when WinFax - Delrina’s pet product - was only a concept in the making.

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Posted by Brightspark on Feb 14, 2017

In many ways, building a business is like building a wild and exciting relationship. There are ups and downs, twists and turns, and strangely, some adventures that take you in directions you never expected—in the startup community, we call those pivots.

However, the end goal is to find a partner you can stick with through the tough times and that’s where stability factors into the equation. Finding someone who builds with you over the years in a give and take relationship is a rare and difficult thing to achieve, but when you do, it’s worth it. For a VC, matching with the right CEO is like finding an ideal romantic partner in life.

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Posted by Éléonore Jarry-Ferron on Jan 30, 2017

Venture capital returns are notoriously tricky to report and analyze. As I was working to prepare the Brightspark year-end reports, I looked back on our performance over the last 10 years and thought it would make sense to first shed some light on the complexities of VC returns and what they can mean.

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