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News Pick – The Internet of Things Is Here, and It Isn’t a Thing – WSJ


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August 21, 2016 – “Everyone is waiting for the Internet of Things. The funny thing is, it is already here. Contrary to expectation, though, it isn’t just a bunch of devices that have a chip and an internet connection. The killer app of the Internet of Things isn’t a thing at all—it is services. And they are being delivered by an unlikely cast of characters: Uber Technologies Inc., SolarCity Corp., ADT Corp., and Comcast Corp., to name a few. One recent entrant: the Brita unit of CloroxCorp., which just introduced a Wi-Fi-enabled “smart” pitcher that can re-order its own water filters.” Read more at WSJ



News Pick – Silicon Valley’s Next Phase is Focusing on Viable Business Models Over Rapid Growth – FP


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June 30, 2016 – “We lived through 2015 with venture subsidy — you could get cheap rides, cheap food, cheap everything because the VCs were funding it,” says Sean Behr, chief executive of Zirx. “Not any more.”

There has been a marked shift in Silicon Valley’s investment climate. The region’s VC-funded innovation machine has always judged rising stars on the strength of their revenue growth rates. Suddenly, however, even the most high-profile unicorns — start-ups valued at more than $1bn — have started to obsess about a different metric: profits.” Read more at Financial Post



News Pick – SMALL ROOMS PODCAST: SAM IFERGAN OF IGAN PARTNERS ON EARLY STAGE INVESTMENT – BK


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June 17, 2016 – “Rob Kenedi sits down with Sam Ifergan, managing partner of iGan Partners & Rowanwood Ventures. Sam discusses iGan’s multiple forms of investment – syndicate and early stage venture capital, their focus on B2B businesses, especially SaaS, as well as medical devices and healthcare IT. Sam details iGan’s focus on early stage companies and how he believes the iGan model is superior to simply raising angel investment, his rationale for focusing only in Ontario, and how his history colours his team’s choices in the startups they choose to partner with.” Read more at Betakit



News Pick – Toronto is poised to become the next great producer of tech startups – TC


torontoJune 12, 2016 – “…the city has all the markings of a world-class hub for technology startups and reminds me a lot of how New York City felt in the early 2000s when I moved back from the Bay Area — simmering with entrepreneurial talent, opportunity and a strong foundation to support it. I think Toronto is poised to contend as one of the biggest North American hubs for technology startup activity over the next five-10 years. On a recent visit, a native Toronto entrepreneur explained why she thought I may be picking up on these undertones: “Toronto always had the talent, but it was historically recruited away. Today, the city is recapturing more of those people who left to work in the Valley or elsewhere, and they’re coming back to build businesses back home.” Here are few reasons why Toronto is well positioned to make this transition.” Read more at TechCrunch



News Pick – $5B Software Company with No Sales Staff – BB


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May 23, 2016 – “Atlassian sold $320 million worth of business software last year without a single sales employee. Everyone else in the industry noticed. Brandon Cipes, vice president for information systems at OceanX, has spent enough time in senior IT positions to hate sales calls. “It’s like buying a car—a process that seemingly should be so simple, but every time I have to, it’s like a five- to six-hour ordeal,” he says. “Most of our effort is trying to get the salespeople to leave us alone.” Cipes didn’t always feel that way, though. Back in 2013, he was used to the routine. His conversion began when he e-mailed business-software maker Atlassian, asking the company to send him a sales rep, and it said no…” Read full story at Bloomberg



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iGan Partners names Kuljeev Singh, Principal


Toronto – Friday, December 5, 2016 – iGan Partners (Rowanwood Ventures), an early stage venture capital fund focused on B2B SaaS and Digital Health companies, announced today that Kuljeev Singh has been named Principal at iGan. This nomination helps crystalize the hard work and dedication Kuljeev has shown towards helping iGan’s portfolio companies succeed, and paves the way for future growth.


Kuljeev has a Bachelor of Mathematics (Honors) from the University of Waterloo. He has several years of venture capital and private equity experience investing in early stage tech companies. Kuljeev has been a part of the iGan team since 2012, when he joined as an Associate and has been instrumental in the development of the fund. Over the years, he has worked closely with several of iGan’s portfolio companies in both software and digital health sectors. He also serves as a Director or Observer on the boards of various portfolio companies. Kuljeev has been on the other side of the table as an operator and is an active advisor to various early stage SaaS, internet and Digital Health companies.


“KJ has been a great addition to our team in helping build the iGan brand by attracting and supporting top-tier entrepreneurs and companies.  We are very happy to have him play a more important role within the organization.” – Sam Ifergan, President & Managing Partner

iGan Partners, with its sister fund Rowanwood Ventures, is managing eleven portfolio companies, while partnering with a sophisticated group of co-investors. This is an excellent time to grow and invest more capital into the Canadian start-up community, as well as catalyze the growth of the most innovative tech companies around.


About iGan Partners (Rowanwood Ventures)


iGan Partners, along with its sister fund Rowanwood Ventures, invests in emerging tech companies. With a focus on B2B SaaS, and Digital Health, we invest in dynamic management teams, empowering them to build impactful businesses. We have built 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 succeed.



iGan Partners is looking for an Analyst


Overview

iGan Partners is seeking an Analyst to support the iGan deal team with research, analysis, due diligence and support on new and existing investment opportunities.


Responsibilities 

The Analyst is expected to perform a broad range of duties including:


Qualifications


To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

iGan Partners thanks all candidates for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


About iGan Partners

iGan Partners, along with its sister fund Rowanwood Ventures, invests in emerging tech companies. With a focus on Digital Health and B2B SaaS, we invest in dynamic management teams, empowering them to build impactful businesses. We have built 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 succeed.



iGan Partners Backed Quandl, Raises USD$12M Series B Round


September 12, 2016 – “Quandl, one of the world’s fastest-growing platforms for financial, economic and alternative data, today announced the completion of a $12 million Series B financing round led by Nexus Venture Partners. August Capital, who led Quandl’s Series A financing, also participated in the round. In conjunction with the funding round, Naren Gupta, Founder of Nexus Venture Partners, has joined Quandl’s Board of Directors. Quandl’s funding now totals $20 million. Quandl will use the funding to expand its coverage of “alternative” data – data that offers predictive insights for capital markets, but has not been previously used in the finance industry.” (more…)



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…)



iGan Partners, along with its sister fund Rowanwood Ventures, invests in emerging tech companies.
With a focus on Digital Health and B2B SaaS, we invest in dynamic management teams, empowering them to build impactful businesses. We have built 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 succeed.

Approach


Early Stage

We build lasting partnerships with founders and managers of great businesses. These partnerships are formed after the company has raised some seed capital, developed proof of concept or obtained market validation. We typically invest in Pre-Series A or Series A rounds and reserve capital for follow-on investments.


Growth

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.

Sectors


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

President & 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

Vice President & Principal

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Kuljeev Singh

Principal

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Alexandre Nossovskoi

Analyst

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Claudia Jimenez

Business 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

Let’s Chat

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You can also reach us directly via email at [email protected]


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