Toronto startup Hubba Inc. has landed a venture capital investment from Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, an early backer of Uber, Facebook and Pinterest, as it aims to ramp up efforts to build a business-to-business marketplace for consumer product information.
Le 24 novembre dernier, Brightspark Ventures, 500 Startups Canada ainsi que les CEOs de Hopper et AmpMe ont tenu un panel à Montréal pour discuter d’investissement dans de jeunes compagnies technologiques. Plus de 50 investisseurs et professionnels se sont joints à nous pour discuter de stratégies et conseils en matière de capital de risque.
Last week, I presented at an AGM of a large institutional Fund from Toronto. Out of the dozens presenters, a mix of tech companies and Funds, I was the only woman. This situation did not surprise me at all and I find that worrisome. For 20 years, I have been the only managing partner of a VC fund in Canada and I have often been the only woman at Board meetings.
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.
It’s no secret - more and more 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. We often meet these folks, and find that the main reason why they are hesitant to take the leap and write that first cheque is their lack of knowledge of the space.
Last Friday, Managing Partner Mark was part of a panel of experts on the weekly #StartupChat.
Despite technical difficulties due to the now infamous DDOS attack, the chat was a great opportunity to connect with fellow investors and entrepreneurs and discuss the fundamentals of funding for startups.
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?!”