Posted by Jonathan Latsky on Nov 04, 2016

Modern Portfolio Theory is an investing framework that paradoxically maximizes returns with correspondingly low risk. While counterintuitive, it is accomplished primarily by deploying a diversification strategy. Astute financial advisors build client portfolios that consist of a range of securities that at very least differ by type of instrument, industry, and geography in order to achieve optimal diversification.

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Posted by Mark Skapinker on Oct 06, 2016

As an investor, you do whatever you can to make sure that you never have that “oh, shit.” board meeting soon after you make a new investment. You know what I’m talking about — that meeting when you learn something you hadn’t realized before and say “Oh shit… did I really just make this investment?!”

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Posted by Brightspark on Oct 06, 2016

In case you missed it, here is the content of our October 2016 newsletter, including portoflio highlights, event recaps and educational resources.

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Posted by Jonathan Latsky on Aug 29, 2016

There is, indeed, an equity crowdfunding tsunami. This idea of creating an online space where entrepreneurs and investors can meet and transact is quite the hot topic, and new platforms — Kickstarters with an equity twist — are popping up like spring flowers.

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Posted by Brightspark on Jul 21, 2016

Brightspark Ventures, known for its successful track record of investing in early stage tech companies, has recently opened its doors to Canadian accredited investors. Their innovative model- the first of its kind in Canada- assembles a community of accredited investors providing exclusive access to curated investment opportunities...

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Posted by Brightspark on Jul 21, 2016

Hopper, the makers of a handy travel application that tells you the best time to fly in order to find the best deals, has now raised additional capital to continue to grow its business. It has also scored a partnership with American Airlines which allows it to sell AA’s tickets through its app... That brings the startup’s total raise to date to $38 million.

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Posted by Brightspark on Jul 21, 2016

nGUVU, which creates gamification and machine learning software for contact centres, has raised $3 million in funding from Brightspark Ventures and Desjardins Venture Capital.

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Posted by Brightspark on Jul 21, 2016

May 3, 2016 – Toronto, Ontario – Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)

Today, Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament for Spadina−Fort York, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced funding of up to $300,000 in Brightspark Investors Club Ontario to expand its angel investor membership.

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Posted by Mark Skapinker on Jul 21, 2016

There used to be a major difference between the way we used computers at home and in the office. As a younger generation entered the workforce, the lines between “work tech” and “play tech” have blurred to the extent that it’s almost completely disappeared. Gone is the distinction between using business software and personal applications.

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Posted by Mark Skapinker on Jul 19, 2016

A few months ago, I took a vacation to India that I have been threatening to take for years. I expected to experience some culture shock, but what shocked me the most wasn’t the huge population, or the expected cultural differences — it was the fact that mobile phones and smart phones were absolutely everywhere.

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