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News Pick – 10 miscues and mistakes to avoid when pitching VCs, or any other stakeholder – FP


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May 18, 2016 – “When entrepreneurs speak, they generally employ a raw, sincere tone, straight from the heart. But to influence prospective customers, investors, potential employees or partners, you also need to employ your brain.

Having heard more than my share of entrepreneurial presentations, I’ve collected a long list of the worst mistakes and miscues. Here are just 10, along with advice for making your next pitch more perfect:

“First of all, you wouldn’t believe how much time and effort we’ve put into this business…” You’d be surprised how much people don’t want to hear about the time and effort you’ve put into your product, or how much money you’ve invested” Read full story at Financial Post



News Pick – Why Silicon Valley Recruiters Are Flocking to Ontario – WSJ


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May 4, 2016 “To find Silicon Valley’s latest hunting ground for engineering talent, start at Stanford University—then drive northeast for about 40 hours. The University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, has become a magnet for recruiters at Google parent Alphabet Inc., Electronic Arts Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., who seek the school’s entrepreneurially minded engineering graduates. Employers and school leaders say the students understand how to…” Read full story at WSJ



News Pick – Is the Tech Bubble Popping? Ping Pong Offers an Answer – WSJ


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May 3, 2016 “Twitter’s gloomy quarterly report last week unsettled investors. They might have anticipated trouble more than a year ago had they noticed one key indicator. Until late 2014, Twitter was regularly ordering ping-pong tables from Billiard Wholesale, a store in San Jose, Calif. Then, suddenly, it wasn’t. The store’s owner, Simon Ng, figured it either ran out of space “or they’re having company problems.” Read full story at WSJ



News Pick – Canadian VC funding for startups hits record as U.S. investors tighten their wallets – FP


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May 3, 2016 “It’s a good time to be a startup, as long as you’re in Canada.

Canadian startups raised a record amount of money in the first quarter of 2016, according to PitchBook Data, which tracks venture capital and private-equity investments. That’s a notable achievement when venture capitalists in the U.S. are tightening their purse strings. The first three months of 2016 saw the lowest number of U.S. venture deals in four years.

Private companies in Canada raised $881 million across 103 rounds of funding in the first quarter, thanks in part to big deals closed by startups Blockstream Corp., Real Matters Inc. and Buildscale Inc., owner of Vidyard. DalCor Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. and Toronto-based health care company Medgate Inc. roped in $100 million each, according to PitchBook.” Read full story at Financial Post



News Pick – Invisible Ads, Phantom Readers – Economist


phatntomMarch 26, 2016 – “Worries about fraud and fragmentation may prompt a shake­out in the crowded online-­ad industry. This year, for the first time, advertisers in America may spend more online than on television. Worldwide, online ads may surpass television in 2017, predicts the forecasting unit of Interpublic, a giant ad agency. Digital advertisers’ ambitions border on the divine. They are omnipresent, nestling their ads in news sites, search results and Instagram feeds. They are increasingly omniscient: no longer do advertisers know just general things about you—a worldly professional, say, with superb taste in journalism—but they target you, specifically. Omnipotence, however, is proving harder to achieve.” Read the full story at the Economist



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Brightcove Launches New Video Content Marketplace in Partnership with Vemba


May 16, 2016– ” Brightcove Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOV), the leading provider of cloud services for video, announced today at Brightcove’s PLAY 2016 the launch of a content marketplace powered by Vemba Inc., a next generation video distribution and content discovery platform for premium publishers. The Vemba marketplace tightly integrates with Brightcove’s Video Cloud, expanding content libraries and creating new revenue streams for media companies. The marketplace will be available to select media customers as part of Brightcove’s Video Cloud later this quarter.” (more…)



Meta is Trying to Save Scientists from Information Overload


March 31, 2016 – “Aew years ago, Sam Molyneux was finally finishing up a research paper he had spent three years working on at Princess Margaret Hospital. But when it came time to be submit, he found out that his research had already been scooped and published six months ago. “We realized that this problem is rampant in the science community. Everyone is unaware of what’s going on unless you’re spending a significant portion of your day just looking at the horizon,” said his sister Amy Molyneux. The Molyneux siblings are the founders of Meta, formerly known as ScienceScape. Since 1809, 25 million biomedical research papers have been published, while the Internet has made it easier than ever to continue publishing — which also means that scientists struggle to make sense of the information. Meta’s publication-agnostic big data platform uses machine learning to organize the information in those papers and deliver it to different industries within science depending on their interest.” (more…)



Canadian Startup Limelight Launches Live Marketing Platform, Closes $3.1M in Seed Funding


Startup’s Growth Driven by F500 Companies Looking for Greater Live Marketing ROI; Limelight Signs on BMW, Scotiabank, Mercedes-Benz to Growing Client List


TORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – January 13, 2016) “Canadian martech company Limelight Platform Inc. today announced it has successfully closed $3.1 million in seed funding in its first year. The marketing automation technology company is providing F500 clients with the world’s first end-to-end platform to optimize their live marketing activities at every touchpoint with consumers.


A cloud-based solution, Limelight lets marketers prove and improve the ROI of every ‘live marketing’ experience, defined as every face-to-face interaction between a brand and consumer. Through Limelight, brands can plan, build, communicate and measure campaigns in one place, replacing point solutions and custom work from a multitude of vendors. The live marketing automation platform gives brands the control to track and optimize the performance of live marketing activities such as experiential programs, test drives, trade shows, sponsorships, sampling programs and branded consumer events. Watch how Limelight works here.” (more…)



SceneDoc, Limelight, FlipGive are some of Canada’s hottest startups (Mark Evans)


January 6, 2015 – “Nevertheless, let’s collectively create a list of Canada’s hottest startups. I have bravely ventured into the fray by tapping into a variety of sources: Metabridge, Branham’s Up & Coming ICT, Deloitte’s Companies to Watch, PWC’s Vision to Reality Awards and 48 Hours in Valley’s 2015 cohort, and adding some personal choices…

Flipgive
SceneDoc
Limelight Platform…” Mark Evans (See the full list here)

 



Meta, an Artificial Intelligence Platform for Science, Receives $6M in Funding


November 18, 2015 – Meta, a machine intelligence and big-data-as-a-service company for researchers and scientific industries, today announces $6 million in funding led by Rho Canada Ventures (previous investments include: Figure1 & Chango). Additional investors include Western Technology Investment (Palantir, Google, Facebook), iGan Partners (Quandl, eSight), and angel investors from around the world.

Meta recently launched its AI-powered science information platform, an end-to-end service that enables researchers and scientific industries to navigate the entirety of scientific information (25 million papers with 4,000 new ones published daily) and instantly identify key insights that would normally take days or even weeks to find. The platform currently offers 20 machine intelligent services for four core scientific industries — publishing, life science tools and reagents companies, academia and government agencies.” (Read more…)



Rowanwood Ventures is an early stage venture capital fund managed by iGan Partners.
With a focus on internet, software, and digital health, we invest in dynamic management teams, empowering them to build impactful businesses. We have been through the process of building large successful companies and understand the challenges facing growing businesses, having faced them ourselves. We provide early stage companies with smart capital, a unique active management approach and exclusive access to a network of industry partners and sector specific co-investors to help them build the next big company.

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We take a unique active management approach with all our portfolio companies. With a strong network of industry partners and co-investors, we ensure our portfolio companies have the sufficient funds and network that will support their growth to a successful exit. We provide ongoing advice, help build management teams, and secure key customers when needed.

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Internet & Software

Data-driven SaaS and B2B platforms.


Digital Health

Healthcare IT and Medical devices

Augur

Powerful web technology that helps businesses identify devices, and consumers across devices.

eSight

Breakthrough electronic eyewear that enable the legally blind to actually see.

Exact Imaging

World's first high frequency micro-ultrasound that provides unmatched resolution to visualize, detect and treat prostate cancer.

FlipGive

Sports fundraising and marketing platform that allows sports teams to raise funds and brands to acquire customers.

LimeLight Platform

Live marketing and automation platform, enabling data collection, microsites, email campaigns and more.

Meta

Big-data company that uses machine intelligence to solve core research information challenges for academics and industries.

Moleculight

Handheld optical imaging device that enables the visualization of bacteria in real-time at the point of care.

Quandl

Search engine for numerical data that offers access to millions of financial, economic, and social datasets.

Scenedoc

Mobile investigation and field documentation platform for public safety and law enforcement agencies.

Think Research

Knowledge-based platform offering tools and leading clinical content for clinicians to provide the best evidence-based care.

Vemba

Intelligent video exchange and recommendation platform for digital publishers, content creators and brands.

Meet Our Team




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Sam Ifergan

Managing Partner

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Geoff Matus

Venture Partner

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Michael Stein

Venture Partner

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Michael Aron

Venture Partner

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Javier Flores

Venture Partner

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Olivier Giner

Principal

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Kuljeev Singh

Senior Associate

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Alexandre Nossovskoi

Analyst

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Claudia Jimenez

Senior Operations Manager

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Sachin Aggarwal

CEO - Think Research

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Nawar Alsafar

Co-Founder & CEO - Augur

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Jonah Midanik

Founder & CEO - LimeLight Platform

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Alex Kottoor

Co-Founder & CEO - Scenedoc

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Garrick Tiplady

CEO - Vemba

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Brian Mech

President - eSight

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Sam Molyneux

Co-Founder & CEO - Meta

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Craig Kennedy

CEO - MolecuLight

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Randy AuCoin

President - Exact Imaging

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Tammer Kamel

Co-Founder & CEO - Quandl

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Mark Bachman

Co-Founder & CRO - FlipGive

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