Venture Capital

Valuable lessons from Silicon Valley

What can Canadian technology leaders learn from Silicon Valley?  A lot, according to Saqib Awan of Lightspeed Venture Partners. Lightspeed is an American venture capital firm focusing on early-stage investments in the enterprise technology and consumer space. Awan is a transplanted Canadian who did ...

The “reverse” pitch: Who should you have on your cap table?

When we think about pitches, most of the focus is on entrepreneurs pitching investors for capital. But VC can be competitive, particularly for interesting deals, and in many cases, the pitch meeting is a two-way street. Some of the best later-stage investors walk founders through an institutionaliz ...

The Twenty Minute VC with Boris Wertz

I recently returned to Harry Stebbings’ 20 Minute VC Podcast, where we chatted about all things crypto…where the crypto market is today, how it compares to the Dotcom bubble of 2000 and why crypto is the biggest disruptor to hit VC in a decade. You can listen to the episode here. We covered a w ...

Episode 76: William Mougayar on the Future of Blockchain, CryptoKitties, Bitcoin and More

In this episode of the Impact Podcast, Jon Prial welcomes investor, entrepreneur and blockchain expert William Mouygayer back to the show. They talk about the use of tokens as mediums of exchange, the importance of trust and how to establish it on the blockchain, and why CryptoKitties are so import ...

Episode 75: What Happens When Machine Learning and Fashion Converge?

Over the past decade, just about everything seems to have gone digital. Today complex algorithms serve up recommendations tailored to our individual tastes, completely transforming how we consume books, movies, music and more. And yet, we haven’t seen the same digital revolution take hold in the ...

Is crypto investing different from VC investing?

Six months ago, Boris wrote an important post about why the blockchain is disruptive to VC. As a quick summary, here’s why: It requires a new investment thesis: where is value accrued in a decentralized platform? It requires a new way of investing: tokenization by nature makes projects more liqu ...

Take a pass on Knight Therapeutics, Mackie Research says

Even with the approval of its opioid dependence management drug, commercial-stage pharma company Knight Therapeutics (TSX:GUD) is still just a “Hold,” says analyst André Uddin with Mackie Research Capital, who on Monday provided a client update with a reiterated target price of $7.79. Created ...

Bitcoin will hit $25,000 this year, this investor says

The price of bitcoin has had a sizeable bump over the past week, but is it a sign that the cryptocurrency could be climbing back to the highs reached in December, or even further? You bet, says known crypto-bull Thomas Lee of Fundstrat Global Advisors, who claims that US$25,000 is in the cards for ...

The promise (and risk) of pre-emptive funding

If you run a hot start-up, you’ll probably have VC’s ask if you are interested in getting a pre-emptive term sheet – you don’t have to do a full fundraise but can get similar deal terms as if you had done one. It sounds like a win-win for everybody. You can get back to building your busines ...

Digital Transformation Conference adds speakers Alex Benay, Tony Lacavera

ITWC's Digital Transformation Awards are back for its second year and better than ever, featuring keynotes from Government of Canada CIO Alex Benay and venture capital leader Anthony Lacavera. ...