Canadian VCs

Q4 2018: Portfolio News and Activities

We are well into 2019. And yes, this is the time of year when people are thinking about resolutions and looking ahead. And while we are very excited about the new year and new fund, we also want to spend a few minutes to reflect on last quarter. Q4 was an important quarter for our firm and portfoli ...

Episode 93: Facial Recognition, Demographic Analysis and More with Timnit Gebru

Whether overt or unintentional, whether human- or technology-oriented, bias is something that every company must be vigilant about. And while it used to be something you might have to worry about with your employees, today it can be equally pervasive — and problematic — in the algorithms those ...

Episode 92: Bitcoin and the Future of Digital and Cryptocurrencies with William Mougayar

Earlier this year, Jon Prial spoke to entrepreneur and blockchain expert William Mougayar on the use of tokens as mediums of exchange, the importance of trust and how to establish it on the blockchain, and even CryptoKitties. In this bonus episode, you’ll hear more from William as their conversat ...

Episode 91: The Future is Robots and AI-Powered Software with Suzanne Gildert

Are we headed for a real-life version of Westworld? In this episode, Jon Prial welcomes Suzanne Gildert, the Founder and CEO of Sanctuary AI, a startup that builds human-like robots called synths, or synthetic humans, complete with human-like bodies and minds. Together, they discuss robots and AI-p ...

Episode 90: The Potential for Bias In AI with Clare Corthell

A few months ago, Jon Prial spoke with Clare Corthell, the founder of Luminant Data, about bias in machine learning models, what the implications of that bias can be, and how to avoid it in the first place. It was episode 74 and you should definitely check it out if you haven’t already heard it. ...

Episode 89: The Future of Text to Speech with David Vazquez

Earlier this year, Google Duplex garnered lots of attention when it shared its demo of an interaction between a very life-like bot and a human being. It was an impressive display of the potential of text-to-speech applications. Although text to speech has been around for a long time, these days it ...

Announcing Version One Fund III

We are very happy to announce the launch of Version One Ventures III with $45M USD ($57M CAD) in commitments. With Fund III, we’re doubling down on all that has worked in our previous funds – our strategy, geography, investment thesis and philosophy. It’s an exciting time to be launching a ne ...

Episode 88: The TWIML & AI CEO’s Guide to Machine Learning and AI with Sam Charrington

Who better to provide a CEO-level perspective on machine learning and artificial intelligence than Sam Charrington, the host of the wildly successful podcast This Week in Machine Learning & AI (TWIML & AI). In this episode, Jon Prial talks to Sam about the insights he’s gleaned from interviewing ...

Episode 87: Trust and the Data Scientist’s Dilemma with Kathryn Hume

Is it unethical if your company doesn’t do it’s due diligence on avoiding bias? In this episode, Jon Prial talks with Kathryn Hume, the Vice President of Product and Strategy at integrate.ai. Kathryn and her team recently published a paper entitled “Responsible AI in Consumer Enterprise” wh ...

Episode 86: Building Conversational AI Teams with Jason Brenier

After spending the past six months traveling across North America and talking to dozens of companies, Jason Brenier, our VP of Strategy, got seem clear insights into the challenges today’s businesses face. When it comes to conversational AI, one of the biggest is figuring out how to build the rig ...