A ‘Golden’ advocate for the startup community targets Canada’s VC woes

As January’s Startup Grind Toronto guest, Alex Baker of Relay Ventures set a very high bar with his candor and honesty. During Matt Golden’s February fireside chat, he matched Baker stride for stride.

Published on: April 23rd, 2015 Geoff Foulds

In case you slept through the 2015 federal budget

You know a budget is dull when one of the major networks dedicates prime-time space to a description of the budget lock-up.  One of the commentators described it as "hardly visionary or game

Published on: April 22nd, 2015 Jim Love

Canadian VC at a crossroads: go big, go home or a third way?

Four years ago The Review of Federal Support to Research & Development reported that part of the reason for the poor success rate of early-stage tech companies is a lack of venture capital

Published on: February 17th, 2015 Geoff Foulds

Gartner Symposium concludes by making clear that CIO challenges are daunting

The uphill battle of the CIO in building themselves into leadership positions involves overcoming not only the general dislike of technology in popular culture, but the view that technology-based rules in the work

Published on: October 10th, 2014 Jim Love

Hootsuite acquires Vancouver-based customer service startup

Hootsuite announced today that it has raised another $60 million in funding and that it has acquired social telephony firm Zeetl, another Vancouver-area startup. Zeetl's solution is designed for customer service department that

Published on: September 25th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Google offering startups $100,000 credit for Google Cloud Platform

Google Inc. announced today it’s giving out a one-year, $100,000 credit to startups using its Google Cloud Platform service, a boon for new companies looking to use the cloud to get their businesses

Published on: September 12th, 2014 Candice So

MaRS’ Jolt accelerator announces partnership with PayPal, fourth cohort

Updated July 29, 2014 at 4:07 pm ET to reflect further details from MaRS DD. MaRS Discovery District’s accelerator, Jolt, has announced a new partnership with PayPal Inc., as well as the start

Published on: July 28th, 2014 Candice So

FreshBooks raises $30M in first funding round

Cloud accounting software provider FreshBooks has raised $30 million U.S. in a funding round led by Oak Investment Partners, a U.S.-based venture capital (VC) firm. The other investors in the round were Atlas

Published on: July 23rd, 2014 Candice So

Canadian angel investors put $89M into startups in 2013, NACO says

Canadian angel investors have poured about $89 million into startups this year, more than twice what was recorded in 2012, according to a new survey from the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO). In

Published on: May 26th, 2014 Candice So

Hong Kong VC firm appoints AI to Board of Directors

Our future robotic overlords took one step closer to realizing their future of world domination.  In what can only be a page ripped directly from Skynet’s playbook, Deep Knowledge Ventures (DKV), a Hong

Published on: May 16th, 2014 Monica Goyal

Building a board of investors at your early stage company

This is part 2 of a two-part series on how startups can set up their governance structure. For part 1 of this series, head on over here.    Investor board nominees is a

Published on: May 11th, 2014 Gerard Buckley

“Driving the bus” and empowerment through governance

This is part 1 of a two-part series on how startups can set up their governance structure. For part 2 of this series, head on over here.    Most early and growth stage

Published on: May 11th, 2014 Gerard Buckley

The ecosystem to grow companies is not working, Startup Grind presenter says

“The entire ecosystem to grow companies is not working very well,” said Jos Schmitt, CEO of Aequitas Innovations, my recent guest for Startup Grind Toronto. “It’s great to come up with an idea

Published on: May 9th, 2014 Michael Cayley

The funding continuum enters stage left

The rules posted yesterday by Canadian securities regulators are still being digested, but upon first read, they appear very encouraging for Canadian startups, small business and even public issuers. The regulators have struck

Published on: March 25th, 2014 Bret Conkin