Brightspark Blog

Four Myths About Investing in Early-Stage Companies

Posted by Brightspark on 5/10/17 4:15 PM

It’s no secret that an increasing number of 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.

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Topics: startups, venture capital, diversification, Learning Room, tips, returns

5 investment rules we share with Warren Buffett (and 2 we don't)

Posted by Eleonore Jarry-Ferron on 4/13/17 3:30 PM

In February, we released our 10-year net IRR: 66%, beating the S&P 500 almost tenfold.

We’re certainly not the first to beat the stock market, so I wondered: what do all the people “beating the stock market” have in common?

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Topics: venture capital, entrepreneurship, diversification, finance, Learning Room, tips, investor, returns

Breaking down our 66% net IRR

Posted by Brightspark on 2/28/17 4:11 PM

Today, we’re delighted to announce Brightspark’s 10 year performance of 66% net internal rate of return (IRR).

Because Brightspark as a VC firm has taken a few different forms in the last 10 years - two “traditional” funds and a new model of investment featuring single purpose funds - it took a little bit of elbow grease to calculate a net IRR we were confident was fair and transparent. Here’s a breakdown of our approach.

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Topics: venture capital, Brightspark news, finance, investor, returns