Canada a bright spot for tech investment in 2016

Canada wrapped up 2016 on a high note when it came to investment in venture capital-backed companies, according to a recent report, bucking the global trend of a 10 per cent decline in

Published on: February 1st, 2017 Gary Hilson

8 secrets from a top Canadian venture capitalist

At the recent Fireside Conference held just outside Bancroft, Ontario, top Canadian fintech venture capitalist Christian Lassonde shared some insights into the mindset of a venture capitalist (VC). Focusing on fintech, Lassonde has invested in

Published on: September 23rd, 2016 Karim Kanji

Steve Nash and other Canadian disruptors on how to play hardball

They never saw Steve Nash coming. He grew up in Canada, not the United States. He played basketball at Santa Clara University, not at an Ivy League athletics powerhouse. He was – still is,

Published on: May 26th, 2016 Christine Wong

Uber plans to deliver investors on demand with one-day only event

Canadian entrepreneurs might daydream about tapping that UberPool button, then opening the door to their ride and discovering their backseat buddy is an investment luminary such as W. Brett Wilson or Ryan Holmes.

Published on: April 4th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Toronto’s Mayor hopes to draw back tech talent, VC money from Silicon Valley trip

Toronto Mayor John Tory doesn't shy away from describing his upcoming visit to Silicon Valley as promotional - after all, that's exactly what the local tech community could use right now, he says.

Published on: March 30th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Grow 2015: Unicorns & the Silicon Valley fundraising market

Whistler, B.C. -- "It's never been easier to raise $1M for a startup in the Valley." Tomas Tunguz, a venture capitalist with RedPoint Ventures in Silicon Valley shared fundraising insights to a packed

Published on: August 20th, 2015 Bret Conkin

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