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Private Equity Losing its Luster?

Institutional Investor reports that according to an eVestment survey, more investors are lowering their expectations for private equity than any other area of private markets:Fifty-two percent of investors probed by the data provider are expecting private equity returns to fall over the next three ...

The Geopolitics of Technology

The Global Risk Institute published an interesting paper on the geopolitics of technology:In the race to innovate, the geopolitical determinants of big data, AI and 5G are critical to the financial services industry. These technologies can help institutions responsibly leverage client data to impro ...

Audits, uncertainty, and paperwork: The bureaucratic burden of SR&ED

When Stephen Hayward, the co-founder and president of Toronto-based data and analytics solution provider Project X Ltd. applied to the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax incentive program for the first time, he never anticipated that being the owner of the firm applying fo ...

The Business Leadership Podcast: Jeff Ruby, founder of Newtopia

How can the loss of a loved one lead to startup success? You have to listen until to this episode to find out. Jeff Ruby, the founder of Newtopia, started the company because he lost his father to cancer at a young age. He came to the realization that the current health care solutions does… ...

Announcing our investment in Dolly, a peer-to-peer marketplace for on-demand moving and retail delivery

We are excited to announce our investment in Dolly, where we participated in a $7.5M funding round alongside Unlock Venture Partners and Maveron.   Like other peer-to-peer marketplaces, Dolly connects people in need of services with people who are ready to provide them. Dolly’s app connects indi ...

Panel discussion around next film in HP’s “The Wolf” series

HP has been around for 80 years. For much of that time, the company generally recognized as the symbolic founder of Silicon Valley, was the premier innovator among a large field of innovators. Indeed, HP has an enviable reputation for its personal computers and later laptops, printers, scanners, PDA ...

NextBlock investors vouch for Tapscott as $1 million in fines paid to Ontario Securities Commission

With notes from Howard Solomon  Leading investors in blockchain investment firm NextBlock Global Ltd. tell IT World Canada they’d do business with CEO and co-founder Alex Tapscott again, despite fines being paid in a settlement with the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) on Monday. Tapscott has ...

CPPIB and PSP Dip Into Radical Ventures

Radical Ventures, a Canadian venture capital firm focused on artificial intelligence (AI), has launched a new fund with a target of about $470 million (US$350 million). Cornerstone LPs include Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) ...

CPPIB Invests in India's First Green Trust

Swaraj Singh Dhanjal of livemint reports that Piramal Enterprises has signed an agreement with CPPIB to co-sponsor India’s first renewable energy-focused infrastructure investment trust (InvIT):The proposed InvIT will have an initial targeted corpus of up to $600 million with an option to scale u ...

Grow Even Faster Newsletter: How to Attract Gen Z

Welcome to the latest edition of my newsletter, Grow Even Faster! Last week, I managed to escape the Daisy office in lovely suburban Toronto to attend the Growth Marketing Conference. One of the key themes was the value of brand positioning (aka messaging or brand storytelling) as a powerful way fo ...