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C100 Stands with the Black Community: Statement from our Co-chairs Andre Charoo and Shari Hatch Jones, and Executive Director Laura Buhler

A statement on the current events from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.


C100 Stands with the Black Community: Statement from our Co-chairs Andre Charoo and Shari Hatch Jones, and Executive Director Laura Buhler 

Dear Michael,

As we write to you today, helicopters circle overhead and protestors kneel, march, and chant for racial justice. We would like to use this opportunity to affirm C100’s values and our stance on diversity and inclusion; and to open the door to frank discussions with our own community about how C100 can be an agent of service in the fight against racism in our society.

Together with you, we are angered and saddened by the appalling death of George Floyd last week, by the shootings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, the still-mysterious death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet among others, and we are deeply distraught by the racist treatment of Christian Cooper by a Canadian woman in Central Park in New York. We know many of you feel deep pain and inner turmoil that such hatred and racism is a reality today. We feel that pain with you.

To Black members of our community at large, C100 stands with you. We stand against racism and prejudice, individual and systemic, in all its forms. Unequivocally, C100 affirms that #BlackLivesMatter. As an organization, we aim to embody the very best expression of our Canadian ideals, standing for diversity, respect and inclusion. 

As an organization, this means that we are committed to actively seeking out opportunities to support diversity in our programs, in our own business practices, and in the communities we touch. As a community, we encourage all of our members, in whatever role you play or where you sit to use your platform to advocate for positive change. Actions may range from personal to public, from seemingly minor to the transformational. But each is an act in the elimination of racism from our society, our system, and our own hearts. This appeal is not specific to citizens of one country or another, but to our very humanity, and to the global citizenship we each hold.

The C100 community is one whose individual members hold some of the most esteemed positions in leadership in the technology world. And so we’d like to open the door to your ideas about how we can best support each other and our communities at this time, how we might be able to use the C100’s unique platform of entrepreneurs, investors, and senior leaders to impact the issue of anti-Black racism. However you might be moved to be an agent of change in the fight against racism. If you think C100 can amplify your impact, we want to hear from you.

Canadian leaders in our community have stepped up and we hope their actions inspire you in some way.

Shopify will donate $500K to the NAACP and $250K each to the Black Health Alliance and to Campaign Zero, which campaigns against police violence in the U.S.

Stewart Butterfield (CEO, Slack) and his partner Jen Rubio pledged $1M in donations and will match up to $300K to ten organizations, including the NAACP and #BlackLivesMatter.

Lastly, we’d like to draw attention to the Black Innovation Fellowship, an initiative run by C100’s Partner, the DMZ, an incubator and accelerator based Ryerson University in Toronto. Here, they have profiled a few Black founders in their community who are giving a “new meaning to inclusive technology”. 

In solidarity and support for the movement, the three of us have made financial contributions to the following organizations: National Bail FundBlack Visions Collectivethe NAACPCampaign Zero, and have signed the Color of Change platform of structural demands and reforms on the policing system.

 

Laura Buhler, C100 Executive Director

Andre Charoo, C100 Co-chair

Shari Hatch Jones, C100 Co-chair

 

Future of Higher Ed with Martin Basiri, Mike Silagadze, Kristen Hamilton | M&A and funding announcements

An item from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.


UPCOMING VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLE SCHEDULE

The Future of Higher Education

Thursday, June 4 @ 9am PT/12pm ET 

Join Kristen Hamilton, a multi-time founder with an IPO exit, Edtech Entrepreneur and CEO and current Board Director at Top Hat; Mike Siligadze, Co-Founder and CEO of Top Hat, a leading higher education platform across North America. Top Hat recently announced the acquisition of Canada’s largest education textbook publisher, Nelson, converting print only titles into digital textbooks as many universities will continue remote or blended learning this fall; and Martin Basiri, Co-Founder and CEO of ApplyBoard, an online platform that empowers international students to gain greater access to higher education. ApplyBoard is Canada’s latest unicorn after it’s Series C fundraising announcement earlier this month.

Kristen, Mike and Martin will join us to to discuss disruption in Higher Education and how changes brought on by the COVID pandemic may be here to stay.

[Member Exclusive] C100 Member Virtual Town Hall

Monday, June 22 @ 9am PT/12pm ET 

Celebrating ten years of connecting Canadian entrepreneurs. We provide a recap of a year of milestones and sharing our vision for a future C100. All members – individual and institutional – will receive an invitation.

This event is exclusive for C100 Members, you must be a member to join. If you are interested in membership, you can learn more below or here.

BECOME A MEMBER OF C100 & MAKE AN IMPACT

C100’s mission is to support, inspire, and connect the most promising Canadian entrepreneurial leaders through mentorship, investment, partnership, and talent.

Our members form the preeminent, global community of visionary Canadian entreprenenurs, operators and investors. Each brings something rich and unique to our ecosystem and fuels C100’s role in supporting global Canadians as they build high-impact careers and remarkable organizations. 

Play a more active role the C100 ecosystem and benefit from opportunities for personal and professional development. Consider supporting C100’s mission as a member.

WELCOMING OUR 48HRS IN THEY VALLEY 2020 COHORT

Over the last couple of weeks, we have onboarded all 26 companies in our 2020 cohort via zoom and we cannot wait to continue to share details about the companies, founders and our upcoming event with you all. More to come soon. In the meantime, check out out the companies participating in this year’s 48Hrs in the Valley.

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

  • Sean Lynch (C100 Charter Member) and co-founder Boris Jabes made news with the public launch of their company, Census and a16z-led, angel-stacked seed round, with participation from fellow Charter Member Mike McCauley of Garage Ventures. Their goal, as Sean puts it, “is to give super powers to the revenue ops team and let them control their own destiny, instead of requiring an engineering degree today.”

OTHER COMMUNITY EVENTS

Invest Canada ’20

The Canadian Venture Capital Association (CVCA) hosts the premier conference for the VC community in Canada. Our friends at CVCA have extended a custom discount code to anyone in the C100 community interested in attending Invest Canada ’20 (entirely online) this June 15-17. This is a great opportunity for GPs to network remotely with GPs, LPs, and industry leaders from across Canada.

Discount: 10% (expires June12).

Code: C100PERK10

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS

FOUNDATIONAL PARTNERS

CORPORATE PARTNERS

Resources from today’s call | Upcoming Roundtables

An item from another fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.


Hi Michael,

We are sorry to have missed you today for our Virtual Roundtable.  We hope you are able to join us next week and that these sessions can serve as a resource for you as we all navigate this unprecedented time.

REGISTER FOR UPCOMING VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLES

We hope you can join us tomorrow, details are below: 

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Time: 9am PT/12pm ET

A Conversation with Canadian health innovators playing a role in the fight against COVID-19

Moderated by: Shuman Ghosemajumder, C100 Charter Member and Global Head of AI at F5 and Chairman of TeachAids

PanelistsDouglas Hamilton, C100 Charter Member and CEO of Vasumone Therapeutics and Paul Lem, Founder and CEO Spartan Bioscience.

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Time: 9am PT/12pm ET

Career transition during COVID: building a personal plan to help you through career transition

Join C100 Co-Chair and Executive Coach Shari Hatch Jones with Career Coach & Senior Recruiter at Optimizely Marjorie Kalomeris, to discuss navigating and mastering a career transition.

[Exclusive to C100 Members]

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Time: 9am PT/12pm ET

Fundraising in a Zoom World

Join fellow founders and three early-stage VCs on fundraising virtually

Moderated by: Aliya Ramji, Partner at McCarthy Tétrault

Panelists: Andre Charoo, C100 Co-chair and Founder & GP at Maple Ventures, George Babu, C100 Member and Founding Partner at Sweat Equity Ventures and Eva Lau, Founding Partner at Two Small Fish Ventures.

BECOME A MEMBER OF C100 & MAKE AN IMPACT

Looking for a way to get more involved in the community? Looking to share expertise and time with other Canadians with careers on the rise? Looking to learn from others on how to navigate current changes to your business? Look no further. This membership is for you.

C100 is member supported. If you are not yet a member, we hope you consider joining.

Want to see who’s already a member? Take a look at our Member Directory

RESOURCES 

If you would like to reach out to Ron Matten, please find his information below.

Ron Matten: ron@matten-law.com

Additionally, Ron has provided a list of resources:

USCBP COVID19 Updates and Announcements

USCIS Response to COVID

USCIS Nonimmigrant Visa data

 We’ll see soon!

The C100 Team

Expats in Immigration “limbo” | Entrepreneurs fighting COVID | Fundraising in a “Zoom world”

A reminder of these up-coming events from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.


Announcing the next few weeks of programming led by C100 Members and Charter Members. We welcome you to register and join.  Some upcoming events are reserved for members only. If you are interested in becoming a member, please check out our membership page here and apply!

UPCOMING VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLES

Tuesday, May 12

9AM PT/12PM ET

Canadian expats stuck in immigration “limbo” ask: “What are my options as a TN / H1B / L1 / Green Card applicant?”

 Join us for a discussion with US immigration expert and attorney Ron Matten. Ron will translate what’s happening with US immigration, what Canadian expats need to know about their options, and what you need to do to prepare for any scenario.

If you are a Canadian living and working in the US, join fellow expats to get answers in this “Ask Me Anything” session hosted by C100.

Wednesday, May 13

9AM PT/12PM ET

A Conversation with Canadian health innovators playing a role in the fight against COVID-19

Shuman Ghosemajumder (Global Head of AI at F5, and Chairman of health education nonprofit, TeachAids) joins Douglas Hamilton, CEO of Vasumone Therapeutics, a biotech developing a novel therapeutic for acute respiratory distress syndrome (“ARDS”), which accounts for a majority of COVID fatalities; and Paul Lem, founder and CEO Spartan Bioscience, the creator of a rapid COVID-19 test.

Tuesday, May 19

 9AM PT/12PM ET

Transitioning during COVID: building a personal plan to help you through career transition

Join C100 Co-Chair and Executive Coach Shari Hatch Jones with Career Coach & Senior Recruiter at Optimizely Marjorie Kalomeris, to discuss navigating and mastering a career transition. Build pragmatic pivot skills, like optimizing your LinkedIn profile for the algorithm, embarking on a job search, creating a networking strategy, and “personal brand”.

Wednesday, May 20

 9AM PT/12PM ET

Fundraising in a Zoom World

[Member Exclusive]

Join fellow founders and three early-stage VCs on fundraising virtually. Joining us as panelists are Andre Charoo, C100 Co-chair and Founder & GP at Maple Ventures, George Babu, C100 Member and Founding Partner at Sweat Equity Ventures and Eva Lau, Founding Partner at Two Small Fish Ventures. Moderated by Aliya Ramji, Partner at McCarthy Tétrault.

BECOME A MEMBER OF C100 & MAKE AN IMPACT

C100’s mission is to support, inspire, and connect the most promising Canadian entrepreneurial leaders through mentorship, investment, partnership, and talent.

Our members form the preeminent, global community of visionary Canadian entreprenenurs, operators and investors. Each brings something rich and unique to our ecosystem and fuels C100’s role in supporting global Canadians as they build high-impact careers and remarkable organizations. 

Play a more active role the C100 ecosystem and benefit from opportunities for personal and professional development. Consider supporting C100’s mission as a member.

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Our team has worked to put together a list of useful resources and tools to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check them out below. If you have content you’d like to add or are a first fund VC who’d like to be included in our list, please send us a note at connect@thec100.org.

CANADIAN ENTREPRENEURS IN THE NEWS

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS

FOUNDATIONAL PARTNERS

CORPORATE PARTNERS

Next Wednesday: Building a Resilient Global Business

Note this up-coming event from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.


Featuring Alex Lazarow, David Brown, and David Wong

C100 is excited to share details for next Wednesday’s Virtual Roundtable. Please join us.

May 6 @ 9AM PT/12PM ET
Canadian Entrepreneurs “from far and wide”: Lessons on Building a Global Business

Hear from Canadian entrepreneurs who have built businesses outside of Silicon Valley, discussing the focus on sustainability and resiliency over growth at all costs.

Moderated by:
C100 Member Alex Lazarow, Investment Director, Cathay Innovation

Panelists:
David Brown, CEO Techstars
David Wong, CEO Booqed

We look forward to seeing you online!

The C100 Team

List of first fund VCs | Join us Wednesday with Jeff Booth

A newsletter from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.


Hi C100 Community Member,

For the past month, C100 has pivoted our programming and hosted a weekly series of Virtual Roundtables to be a support and resource to our community during this crisis – we hope you’ve been able to join us! Topics covered have included: managing your team in a crisis, access and approach to capital and adapting your business plan.

To provide additional support, we published a piece on Medium that synthesizes the takeaways and tools shared with us for your reference here. Included in the piece is a compiled a list of VCs who’ve recently raised a first fund that founders may find be helpful in fundraising efforts.

We’re also excited to announce the next few weeks of programming led by C100 Members and Charter Members and welcome you to register and join us.

See you online soon!

Laura & The C100 Team

UPCOMING VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLE SCHEDULE

April 29th @ 10AM PT/1PM ET

Is deflation the key to a more abundant and equitable future? How has this thesis changed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic?”

 Join us as we speak with author and entrepreneur Jeff Booth who offers his insights from two decades of leadership of BuildDirect through the dot-com meltdown and the 2008 financial crisis. Jeff will discuss his recently released book, The Price of Tomorrow: Why Deflation Is the Key to an Abundant Future and how founders should be thinking strategically in the current crisis.

May 6th, 9AM PT/12PM ET

Canadian entrepreneurs “from far and wide” – Building a global business with a focus on resiliency and sustainability

Moderated by C100 Member Alex Lazarow  and featuring panelists David Brown, CEO Techstars and David Wong, CEO Booqed.

May 13th, 9AM PT/12PM ET

A Conversation with Canadian health innovators playing a role in the fight against COVID-19

Moderated by Shuman Ghosamajumder, C100 Charter Member and Global Head of AI at F5 and Chairman of TeachAids and featuring panelist Paul Lem, Founder and CEO Spartan Bioscience. Spartan Bioscience recently had its rapid COVID-19 test approved by Health Canada. 

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Our team has worked to put together a list of useful resources and tools to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check them out below. If you have content you’d like to add or are a first fund VC who’d like to be included in our list, please send us a note at connect@thec100.org.

BECOME A MEMBER OF C100 & MAKE AN IMPACT

C100 launched our newest membership program at the end of 2019 and we’ve had incredible Canadians join us in that time. We’ve hosted over 6 members-only dinners and gatherings since then in addition to our largest event of the year: Growth Summit.

C100 members form the preeminent, global community of Canadian entrepreneurs, investors, and exceptional leaders at technology companies who are focused on supporting the growth of other Canadian entrepreneurial leaders.

Membership to C100 is one of the ways you can play a more active role the Canadian eco-system. Members benefit from learning from fellow members, and enjoy unique opportunities for personal and professional development. C100 is committed to supporting its members through a rich program of high-value events and building meaningful connections with our global network of exceptional Canadians in tech.

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS

FOUNDATIONAL PARTNERS

CORPORATE PARTNERS

Our next Virtual Roundtable: Playbook for Building and Leveraging a Channel Partner Ecosystem

An item from one of our fellow Canadian organization.


C100 is excited to share details for next week’s Virtual Roundtable. Please join us for our next session on Wednesday.

April 22nd @ 9AM PT/12PM ET

Topic: A Playbook for Building, Managing, and Leveraging a Strategic Partner and Channel Ecosystem: Why now is a great time to build out a partner and channel ecosystem.  Featuring Bill Lipsin (VP of Worldwide Channels, Cohesity) and Sunir Shah (CEO, Appbind). Moderated by Mark Sochan (Managing Director, CEO Quest).

Partnerships are a critical aspect of any business plan, but even more critical in this era of economic uncertainty. Hear from industry experts about why taking the next 6-12 months to establish key partnerships could enable critical leverage when the market turns around. Learn and discuss how to build and manage a strategic partnership strategy. Suggested for: SaaS, B2B, Enterprise founders & execs.

Moderated by:

Mark Sochan (Managing Director, CEO Quest). Mark is C100 Charter Member who for over 25 years has successfully managed hundreds of strategic partnering initiatives, mergers and acquisitions, and has grown revenue for clients such as SAP, Microsoft, Cisco, VMware, Capgemini, and Accenture. Mark’s unique gift is his experience on “both sides of the table,” with an ability to successfully manage complex partner relationships. Mark is the author of the book “The Art of Strategic Partnering: Dancing with Elephants.’

Panelists: 

Sunir Shah (CEO, AppBind) Sunir loves SaaS partnerships, possibly too much! Sunir is the CEO of AppBind which is bringing SaaS into the massive reseller market; the  President of the Cloud Software Association, the network of 3,000+ SaaS partnership leaders; and Conference Chair of SaaS Connect, the SaaS partnership conference.

Bill Lipsin (Global VP, Channels, Cohesity). Bill has more than 30 years of enterprise channel, sales, and marketing expertise. At Cohesity, Bill leads the company’s go-to-market strategy, channel programs, enablement, and distribution channels. Previously he was a senior partner at The Spur Group, a leading consulting firm helping companies optimize channels, end-user sales, and business operations to rapidly increase revenues. Prior to joining The Spur Group, Lipsin was VP of worldwide channels at NetApp and held senior channel leadership positions at Brocade and CA Technologies.

We look forward to seeing you online!

The C100 Team