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A New And Exciting Marketing Adventure Blooms at Daisy

10 years ago, I lost my job at a startup amid the global financial crisis. Professionally, it was one of the best things that ever happened. It encouraged me to launch my own business, a marketing consultancy focused on strategy, messaging, and brand storytelling. Over the past decade, I have worke ...

Investing in biotech and therapeutics

Over the past year, some of the most interesting and intellectually-stimulating pitches we heard have come from startups in biotech, specifically companies developing therapeutics. From non-hormonal contraceptives that work for men and women to muscle-promoting gene therapy, the potential impact of ...

Building Strong Local Communities

We at Version One are becoming increasingly convinced that stronger local communities can help solve many of the problems we are currently facing. When you think about it, most things that people truly care about are local issues. Do we have access to good schools? Is our neighbourhood safe? Do we ...

How to survive today’s volatility? Focus on what you can control

The world seems more volatile than ever before. There’s an explosion in the number of issues, combined with an ever-accelerating news cycle to cover each issue 24 hours a day. Much of today’s uncertainty can impact start-ups… When will the US government shutdown end? Are we heading into a US- ...

Our Top Posts from 2018

Happy new year! Each week we like share our thoughts on a range of topics from vertical markets to general startup advice and our reflections on investing. We’re proud to say that we wrote a blog post every week in 2018 – and we’ve done that now for the past three years. In case you didn’t ...

2018: Year in review and a look ahead

2018 was a big year for Version One, and it’s hard to believe another year is drawing to a close. We invested in seven new companies and participated in many follow-on rounds. Of the new investments, one is in encryption, one is in security, one is in consumer hardware, one is in bio/healthcare, ...

Tech Sector Growth Map of Canada updated for 2018 – Focus on Toronto

New venture capital investments data shows that the tech startup scene is heating up in Canada. See our map for all the top deals. ...

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 ...

Buy Canopy Rivers for a double, says GMP Securities

Recently listed Canopy Rivers (Canopy Rivers Stock Quote, Chart: TSXV:RIV), the venture capital arm of licensed cannabis producer Canopy Growth Corp. , is set up nicely for international expansion through its joint venture with North American greenhouse produce business PharmHouse, says GMP Securit ...