Category Archives: C100

Announcing C100’s New Board Members | Meet the Founders & Share their Story

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


48Hrs in the Valley: “Meet the Founders” Series

We’re excited to launch a new series in connection with our 2020 48Hrs in the Valley program called “Meet the Founders”. Beginning August 3rd until the end of September, we’ll be featuring the 26 founders participating in our flagship program for early-stage entrepreneurs. Follow C100 on Twitter to meet each of the founders, from Whitehorse to Toronto, Hong Kong to NYC.

We look forward to introducing them to you over the coming weeks through this social media series. If you are interested in supporting any of the founders featured, please send us a note at connect@thec100.org.

Announcing C100’s Newest Board Directors!

C100 is pleased to announce three incoming members to the Board of Directors: Angela TranMichael Hershfield and Kim Fennell. They have all led remarkable careers in technology and are excited to support the C100 mission and our future growth. We’re grateful for their commitment and welcome them to the C100 leadership.

Angela Tran

General Partner at Version One Ventures

San Francisco Bay Area

Michael Hershfield

Global Vice President of Inside Sales at WeWork

New York, NY

Kim Fennell

Managing Director at Fleet Hill Ventures

San Francisco Bay Area

Become a Member & 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.

Community News & Opportunities

Calling all Life Sciences Professionals: C100’s partner, Silicon Valley Bank, is recruiting volunteers to participate in a Life Sciences Mentorship Program 

Life Sciences professionals are invited to participate in a two-hour virtual networking session this fall to meet with entrepreneurs leading early-stage Life Sciences startups. If you meet a founder or company that you can help, the choice is yours to engage in a more robust relationship thereafter. SVB is leading this initiative with Life Sciences Ontario (LSO) to support its mission of fostering commercial success for Ontario’s life science sector. To participate, RSVP to Anne Woods, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank Canada at awoods@svb.com

Members making the news: Toronto-based fintech company Clearbanc (48Hrs ’17) launched a valuation tool that allows e-commerce entrepreneurs to determine the value of their business in 24 hours for freeWatch Clearbanc co-founder & C100 Member Michele Romanow’s interview on Cheddar here.

Thank You to Our Partners

Foundational Partners

Corporate Partners

A Decade of Transformation + Upcoming Members Event: Insider’s Guide to Mergers & Acquisitions

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


Canada transformed itself as a global tech player over the past decade. How can Canadians everywhere help sustain momentum now?

Together with our Foundational Partners, C100’s team has published a white paper on 10-year trends on investment and talent in Canada. We tracked the incredible momentum and put out a call to action as we enter what has already been a challenging new decade for Canadian entrepreneurs. So what did we find?

  • Consistent VC investment in Canada growth year-over-year, with the greatest uptick ever in 2019 with 40% growth
  • Canadian VC five- & ten-year returns are closing the gap with U.S. counterparts
  • Large funds ($100M+) grew significantly from 3 in 2014 to 14 now (avg. size grew 52%)
  • Canada now welcomes 5x the number of skilled immigrants as a percentage of its population than does the U.S. and Canadian cities have more available workers per startup AND per dollar raised than the U.S.
  • But, Canada still has some hurdles to clear to compete for top talent. Canadian tech executives earn, on average, $87,000 less/year than their US counterparts.

Macro-risks are ever present, but opportunities abound for Canada to lead in the next decade. Community is everything! Have a read, celebrate the momentum, and help C100 get Global Canadians engaged in helping  rebuild the economy back home.

UPCOMING VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLES

[C100 Member Exclusive]  An Insider’s Guide to M&A

Thursday, July 16 @ 9am PT/12pm ET 

Join Corporate Development and M&A leaders from Shopify and Facebook, as well as a 48Hrs in the Valley founder whose company was acquired by Xero to understand both sides of the “acquisition table”. Hear why companies should be building relationships with corporate development teams even if not thinking about an acquisition in the near future, the challenges of combining different cultures during integration, and how CEOs can work with acquirers to build bigger and more successful businesses. Joining this discussion are Bram Sugarman, Director of Corporate Development & Strategic Partnerships at ShopifyLara Cumberland, VP M&A Integration at Facebook; and Jamie Shulman, Co-Founder and CEO of Hubdoc which was acquired by Xero in 2018. This session will be moderated by Terry Doyle, GM International at Checkr.

BECOME A MEMBER & 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.

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS

FOUNDATIONAL PARTNERS

CORPORATE PARTNERS

Our next Virtual Roundtable | The Covid Pandemic: A Cyber Criminals “Nirvana”

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


Join Sanjay Beri, Founder and CEO Netskope and Galina Antova, Co-Founder and CBO Claroty

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

The Covid Pandemic: A Cyber Criminals “Nirvana”

July 8th @ 9AM PT/12PM ET

Join Cybersecurity leaders Sanjay Beri, CEO and Founder of Netskope (a Series G Cybersecurity company taking a data-centric approach to cloud security) and Galina Antova, Co-founder and CBO of Claroty (a Series C Cybersecurity company and leader in Operational Technology security), to discuss the new threats of cybercrime and why the cybersecurity industry matters more than ever now. As companies keep workers home and industries like healthcare, defense and finance see cyber attacks on the rise, hear how the “white knights” of the tech sector are fighting back.

MODERATOR

Arif Janmohamed (Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners)

Arif joined Lightspeed in 2008 and focuses primarily on investments in the areas of cloud and datacenter technologies, as well as enterprise mobile and SaaS solutions. Prior to joining Lightspeed, Arif worked in the Corporate Business Development group at Cisco Systems.

PANELISTS

Sanjay Beri (CEO and Founder, Netskope)

Sanjay brings more than two decades of innovation and success in the cloud, networking, and security industries. His unique business sense, technical acumen, vision for the future of the industry, and unwavering focus on culture have contributed to his building a world-class team and iconic company as founder and CEO of Netskope. Prior to Netskope, Sanjay was VP & GM of Juniper Networks’ secure access business unit. He is also the co-founder of one of the world’s first data center encryption companies, Ingrian Networks, and has held leadership positions across numerous other security and networking companies.

Galina Antova (Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer, Claroty)

Galina is a cybersecurity entrepreneur and executive with over 15 years in cybersecurity. For the last 9 years Galina has focused on advancing the state of cybersecurity for critical infrastructure: first, through her work of establishing and leading Industrial Security Services at Siemens and later, through co-founding Claroty and growing it into the global leader in this new market segment.  Galina is an advocate for diversity, a mentor and contributor to various organizations promoting and supporting female founders.

See you online!

The C100 Team

Just Released: C100’s 2019-2020 Impact Report | Virtual Roundtables on M&A + Cybercrime

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


C100’s 2019-2020 Impact Report has been Published! 

We’re excited to announce that our 2019-2020 Impact Report has just been released. We can’t wait for you read it and share our pride in what we’ve been able to accomplish with the community’s support this last year and last decade.

2019 was a monumental year for C100 – we launched a new by-referral membership program to reach a new audience of global Canadians and we held 28 events to convene high-impact Canadians. We invite you to take a deeper dive into our full report on our past year and last decade as an organization. It’s truly remarkable what we’ve been able to accomplish together.

While we take some time to reflect on what we’ve done, we’re even more encouraged about the future of this community and continuing in our mission to build the preeminent global community for Canadians in tech.

UPCOMING VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLE SCHEDULE

The COVID Pandemic: A Cyber-Criminal’s “Nirvana”

Wednesday, July 8 @ 9am PT/12pm ET 

Join leaders in Cybersecurity to discuss the new threats of cybercrime and why the cybersecurity industry matters more than ever now. As companies keep workers home and industries like healthcare, defense and finance see cyber attacks on the rise, hear how the “white nights” of the tech sector are fighting back. Joining us are the Founder and CEO of Netskope, Sanjay Beri and Galina Antova, Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer, Claroty.

[C100 Member Exclusive] An Insider’s Guide to M&A

Thursday, July 16 @ 9am PT/12pm PT

This is an invitation only event for C100’s Members (Corporate Partners, Charter Members, and Members) 

Join Corporate Development and M&A leaders from Shopify and Facebook, as well as a 48Hrs in the Valley founder who was acquired by Xero to understand both sides of the “acquisition table”. Hear why companies should be building relationships with corporate development teams even if not thinking about an acquisition in the near future, the challenges of combining different cultures during integration, and how CEOs can work with acquirers to build bigger and more successful businesses. Joining this discussion are Bram Sugarman, Director of Corporate Development & Strategic Partnerships at Shopify; Lara Cumberland, VP M&A Integration at Facebook; and Jamie Shulman, Co-Founder and CEO of Hubdoc which was acquired by Xero in 2018. This session will be moderated by Terry Doyle, GM International at Checkr.

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 & 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.

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS

FOUNDATIONAL PARTNERS

CORPORATE PARTNERS

Ecommerce and Cybersecurity boom in the COVID era | Canada Day Celebrations in the Bay

A newsletter from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.


UPCOMING VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLE SCHEDULE

The Inflection Point for Ecommerce: Managing for Hockey Stick Growth

Thursday, June 18 @ 9am PT/12pm ET 

Hear from leaders in ecommerce, including Adrienne Down Coulson, COO Rakuten Americas and Noura Sakkijha, Co-Founder and CEO of Mejuri on how retail has been impacted by Covid, where the shifts have been in consumer buying and behavior, and the challenges of having to adapt quickly.

The COVID Pandemic: A Cyber-Criminal’s “Nirvana”

Wednesday, July 8 @ 9am PT/12pm ET 

Join leaders in Cybersecurity to discuss the new threats of cybercrime and why the cybersecurity industry matters more than ever now. As companies keep workers home and industries like healthcare, defense and finance see cyber attacks on the rise, hear how the “white nights” of the tech sector are fighting back. Joining us are the Founder and CEO of Netskope, Sanjay Beri and Galina Antova, Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer, Claroty.

[C100 MEMBER EXCLUSIVE] C100 2019-2020 Member Town Hall: Our Past, Present, and Future

Monday, June 22 @ 9am PT/12pm ET 

An invitation only event for C100’s Members (Corporate Partners, Charter Members, and Members) to connect virtually as we share a first look of our annual Impact Report, exciting Board leadership updates, recap our milestones, and share a roadmap for our future vision. We will also discuss the current state of Canada’s ecosystem and how we can help in the rebuilding.

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 & 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.

COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

CIBC & OSLER VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Western Canada Technology & Innovation Private Company M&A and Growth Financing.

Monday, June 22nd from 12pm -1:30pm PT: Osler & CIBC

This interactive presentation, with participation from leading Canadian and U.S. growth equity firms and a technology executive, will address topics that are particularly relevant in the current Western Canada Technology & Innovation environment

Celebrate Canada Day with The Digital Moose Lounge

The Digital Moose Lounge is celebrating #CanadaDayInTheBay by offering multiple virtual Canada Day activities from Wednesday, June 24 to Wednesday July 1, 2020.

Activities planned throughout the week will team up with local Canadian-owned and affiliated businesses in the Bay Area, whom DML wishes to support and highlight during this trying time.

Commemoration Day Service on July 1 

For the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, July 1 also a day for sombre remembrance in honour of Commemoration Day, 1916, which marks the anniversary of tragic events at the Battle of the Somme. To honour this tradition, US Branch #25 of the Royal Canadian Legion, representing the Bay Area, will be hosting their own Commemoration Day service via Zoom at  6am and 10am on July 1.

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS

FOUNDATIONAL PARTNERS

CORPORATE PARTNERS