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Brightspark Insider | December 2016

Posted by Brightspark on 12/7/16 10:13 AM

Welcome to our December Newsletter!

It has been a really good year for Brightspark and we are thrilled with the progress we have made in our growth.

During the last quarter, we completed two investments. We were thrilled by our investors’ interest and are very proud that both financings were over-subscribed! 

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Topics: Brightspark news, newsletter

Goldman Sachs leads funding round for Toronto consumer products platform Hubba

Posted by Brightspark on 12/6/16 11:24 AM

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.

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Topics: Brightspark news, hubba, Portfolio News

Un grand rassemblement d’investisseurs à Montréal | Pour en apprendre davantage sur le financement des startups

Posted by Emilie Jones on 12/2/16 10:50 AM

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.  

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Topics: venture capital, events

The VC "Boys Club"

Posted by Sophie Forest on 11/21/16 11:20 AM

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.

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Topics: Opinion, venture capital

The Diversification Paradox

Posted by Jonathan Latsky on 11/11/16 10:00 AM

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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Topics: venture capital, diversification

Brightspark Insider | November 2016

Posted by Brightspark on 11/4/16 2:58 PM

Here's what you missed in our monthly newsletter! Check out portfolio highlights, event invitations and latest news in this November edition! 

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Topics: Brightspark news, newsletter

Debunking 4 myths about investing in early-stage companies

Posted by Brightspark on 11/4/16 1:00 PM

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.

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Topics: startups, venture capital

Finding Funding Fuel for your startup - What you missed on #StartupChats

Posted by Brightspark on 10/28/16 1:00 PM

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.

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Topics: venture capital, entrepreneurship

Brightspark Insider | October

Posted by Brightspark on 10/7/16 10:01 AM

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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Topics: Brightspark news, newsletter

The dreaded “Oh, shit.” meeting

Posted by Mark Skapinker on 10/6/16 11:07 AM

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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Topics: Opinion, startups