Startups

The state of COVID-19 testing

In these unprecedented times, we know that controlling the spread of novel coronavirus requires social distancing and testing. While all of us are doing our parts to stay at home, there’s a lot of confusion, chaos and frustration surrounding coronavirus testing in the US.  Before going further, ...

Version One quarterly news and COVID-19 response

This has been the longest quarter ever. Early January seems like an eternity ago. Countries, communities and households have been turned upside down.  This time of year, we normally provide a portfolio update that highlights the various product launches, accolades and funding announcements from th ...

The API-as-a-marketplace

As we’ve been spending time on B2B marketplaces and dev tools/platforms, we’ve come to realize that there’s an interesting sub-category that combines elements of both: the API-as-a-marketplace. What is an API-as-a-marketplace? Just like a traditional marketplace, an API-as-a-marketplace has t ...

Announcing our investment in DemandStar, a marketplace for government procurement  

Today we’re excited to announce that we led DemandStar’s $2m seed round. The Seattle-based company provides an online marketplace for business-to-government commerce – it connects local and national suppliers with government procurement officers.  It should come as no surprise that governmen ...

How an Experienced CRO Thinks About Building a Revenue Engine

The CRO – or Chief Revenue Officer – is a position that has become increasingly prevalent in the SaaS world in the past 5 years. Having an experienced CRO to lead your revenue team is key to scaling up, but based on feedback we’ve heard from CEOs and executive teams, it isn’t always abundan ...

Episode 117: Leading From Home

Working from home isn’t new, but today an unprecedented number of people are “telecommuting” for the first time – whether they want to or not. Our guest on this special edition of the Georgian Impact Podcast is Ben Wilde, our VP of Business Development & Marketing. Ben manages a team in Tor ...

Six Key Insights On Product Management From Virtual Scaletech 1.0

San Francisco-based Beckie Wood joined us for our first Virtual Scaletech AI Product event on May 20. Beckie spent 12 years at music streaming pioneer Pandora, before that she started her career in investment banking and equity research. She joined Pandora when it was a scrappy 60 person company an ...

Canadian tech darlings Shopify and Lightspeed are both buys, this investor says

The market is full of bargains galore right now but if you’re looking at Canadian tech you should be thinking about two recent Canadian tech darlings Shopify (Shopify Stock Quote, Chart, News TSX:SHOP) and Lightspeed POS (Lightspeed POS Stock Quote, Chart, News TSX:LSPD), says Scotia Wealth Manag ...

Washington, Don’t Bar the Door

PitchBook’s Adam Putz recently tackled the intensifying political scrutiny of Big Tech and the harm the scrutineers may do by trying to fix something that isn’t broken—the merger and acquisitions market for digital startups. The giants in the field (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google and its pare ...

Washington, Don’t Bar the Door

PitchBook’s Adam Putz recently tackled the intensifying political scrutiny of Big Tech and the harm the scrutineers may do by trying to fix something that isn’t broken—the merger and acquisitions market for digital startups. The giants in the field (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google and its pare ...