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Episode 64: Cloudera’s Tom Reilly and Hilary Mason Talk Machine Learning

When you think of Cloudera, the billion-dollar software company that’s virtually a household name, you probably think of a cloud-based, new technology data warehousing company. Sure, but did you know that Cloudera is currently a challenger in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Management An ...

These kinds of ICOs are truly pointless, Ethereum co-founder says

You may think a cryptocurrency initial coin offering is a good way to raise money, but Vitalek Buterin doesn’t. The Ethereum co-founder and blockchain guru says that cryptocurrencies that have no purpose outside their own closed systems will quickly lose their value, and that’s a matter of sim ...

Tech startups need to start thinking more about the bottom line, this founder says

When it comes to scaling up, Emerge Commerce Inc. CEO Ghassan Halazon believes the prevailing philosophy in e-commerce is all wrong. Go big or go home? No profits, no worries? It’s that very fixation on growth to the detriment of profitability which keeps loading up the tech graveyard with faile ...

Private Equity's New Competition?

PE Hub posted a Reuters article, Private equity to face competition from investors, says Carlyle Co-CEO:Private equity firms are awash in cash, with nearly US$1trn of available capital, but the industry is facing internal competition as limited partner (LP) investors seek to play a more active role ...

Norway's Fund Jolts Energy and FX Markets?

Gwladys Fouche of Reuters reports, Norway's $1 trillion wealth fund proposes to drop oil, gas stocks from index:Norway’s trillion-dollar sovereign wealth fund is proposing to drop oil and gas companies from its benchmark index, which would mean cutting its investments in those companies, the dep ...

Three lessons from ten years of investing

“It takes 10 years and $30m to become a great investor.” This quote has stuck with me from the first time I saw it. I believe the legendary investor John Doerr said it at some point, but I can’t track down the original quote anymore. Of course, I thought it was a complete exaggeration when I ...

Why is the Canada Pension Plan investing in coal?

When it comes to coal, Canada may not be the environmental angel it makes itself out to be, as investments by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board show holdings in a number of coal companies around the world —and more are to come, if a proposed billion-dollar deal with Australian coal giant R ...

OPTrust Butts Out For Good?

Last week, OPTrust made an announcement, OPTrust to divest from public market tobacco firms:OPTrust today announced it is divesting from the tobacco industry. By the beginning of 2018, OPTrust will be divested from all equity and fixed income investments in public companies that derive a majority o ...

Are tax reforms for US startups a boon for Canadian tech?

The startup tech community in the United States is currently in a panic over proposed legislative changes to the taxing of share options, a move which would put a damper on tech entrepreneurism across the country and could be a boon to Canada’s startup culture if the reforms proceed. The provisio ...

Snap Inc. acquires Fund V portfolio co. Metamarkets

We’ve had a busy run of late on the portfolio M&A front.  Aquisio, RiskVision, and now San Francisco-based Metamarkets. Metamarkets provides an AI-based big data SaaS platform, delivering an analytics dashboard for programmatic ad marketplaces at large and medium sized organizations. The company ...