The Good, The Interesting, and the Surprising: Key Learnings from the 2014 iNovia Capital CTO Summit

by on Thursday July 31st, 2014

iNovia invests in technology and startups offering technology enabled services. We believe that the Chief Technical Officer is the cornerstone of such companies — and thus a great place to invest in creating value. My partners and I are afflicted with insatiable curiosity, and tend to invest in like teams. We’ve found that life-long… Continue Reading

Hey VCs Listen Up: Entrepreneurs are Talking

by on Thursday July 17th, 2014

Some VCs are notorious for being on top of their companies and demanding data-driven results in regards to knowing the market, hitting financials or tracking KPIs on product engagement. We decided to hold ourselves to the same standard and learn more about our market, the entrepreneur, through a data driven… Continue Reading

What it Means to be a Value Add LP

by on Monday June 23rd, 2014

Ever asked yourself what it really means to be a value-add investor in a venture capital fund? I joined iNovia Capital almost 4 years ago and had previously thought about it, but was recently put on the spot. iNovia manages $275M across three early-stage funds. We have many supportive Limited… Continue Reading

How I got so Bullish on Allocadia

by on Thursday June 5th, 2014

It was late November 2012 when I was headed to Vancouver for late-stage diligence on a company I had been tracking for some time. I asked Pat Lor to join me on the trip as he had some valuable insight in to the industry this company operated in. In putting together… Continue Reading

Refreshing Insights from AccelerateAB 2014

by on Monday May 12th, 2014

AccelerateAB has quickly become Alberta’s premiere tech event of the year, a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit and startups in the province. This year, over 400 people converged on the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton. With a phenomenal speaker lineup, the program focused on helping bold entrepreneurs set high… Continue Reading

WorkFusion brings Programmatic Labour Back in Vogue

by on Thursday May 1st, 2014

For hundreds of years, “computer” was a job title. The founding intention of computers as we now know them — digital computers — was to carry out any operation which could be done by a human brain. Work, which was originally divided into tasks for people to perform, began being distributed to… Continue Reading

Is your e-Commerce business hacker proof ?

by on Wednesday April 16th, 2014

A massively scaling business is super exciting.  But let’s face it, when it does scale, you will likely find yourself cutting corners to keep the momentum going. That could mean less testing, quicker releases and a CTO that is likely helping ship product. I asked a number e-commerce companies if… Continue Reading

Key Lessons from AcceleratMTL 2014

by on Tuesday April 15th, 2014

Last Thursday, the C100 hosted its fourth edition of AccelerateMTL. After organizing invite-only, entrepreneur-focused events for the past two years, our objective this year was to go back to the event’s origins by opening the afternoon session to all of Montreal’s tech enthusiasts from a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and… Continue Reading

Hey Canada, Time to Build More Mobile Champions

by on Tuesday April 8th, 2014

All across the web, from blogs to mainstream media, there is a tremendous amount of evidence that Canada’s technology ecosystem has never been more vibrant and alive than it is today. 2013 was definitely a great year for Canadian startups with positive signs that the Tech ecosystem is maturing and… Continue Reading

Key Insights from the 2014 CEO Summit

by on Thursday April 3rd, 2014

What we learned in 8-hours with our CEOs Last Thursday, iNovia held its second annual CEO Summit in New York, a full day event with a combination of experienced, thought-provoking speakers and coordinated round-tables. Our objective with this event was to challenge our CEOs with new ideas and facilitate a… Continue Reading