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Co-founder of Bridgescale Partners, Rob Chaplinsky on What Investors Bring To The Table Besides Funding

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14 August 2018

We’re excited to share this interview with Rob Chaplinsky, Co-founder of Bridgescale Partners, as he explains an important aspect of finding the right investment partner for your company.

Watch as he details how the right investor can add value in unique ways in addition to providing funding.

C100 is proud to share this video series featuring real-life stories of successes, failures, and insights from our Charter Members— a group of Canada’s most accomplished founders, investors, and executives.

Please keep the conversation going by subscribing below, commenting on the video, and telling us what other topics you would like to see covered in future episodes. We value your input!

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New Hackathon Date | C100 August Events | Tech News

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9 August 2018
Rescheduled for:

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018
San Francisco, CA
6pm-9pm

Interested in supporting the C100? Want to help us create solutions for Canadian entrepreneurs? Join us for our first ever hackathon on Tuesday, September 11!

Space is limited for this event, so if you’d like to attend, please send us an email with why you’re interested in getting involved as well as any relevant skills you think we should know about! 

We’ll review all submissions and notify selected participants one week prior to the event.

We will be hosting this event in-person in San Francisco. Specific location details will be sent to participants 48 hours in advance of the event.

Other C100 Events
Thursday, August 16, 2018
San Francisco
5:30pm – 7:30pm
CiT is an evening event hosted every month to celebrate all things Canadian and all things tech. Whether you live in the Bay Area or you’re just visiting, we welcome you to join us Thursday August 16th, for some drinks and good conversation—you’ll be in good company! This is a ticketed event, so please RSVP below if you wish to attend.
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The C100 is hosting an end of summer social to celebrate all the Canadian interns in the Bay Area! Join us August 16th at 4PM to meet other co-op students as well as some amazing C100 community members over some food! Share your experiences, talk about your cool projects, and make some new friends before summer ends!
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What’s happening in Canada?
LG is the latest behemoth to tap into Canada’s artificial intelligence scene. The company is entering an AI research partnership with the University of Toronto. Announcement
KPMG’s latest “Pulse of Fintech” report reveals $263M has been invested in Canadian fintech deals in the first half of 2018. Report
Toronto’s exciting “smart city” project with Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs raises concerns about resident data collection and privacy. Article
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Insights from Kim Fennell, Head of Tech Partnerships at Uber

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Mentorship is one of the most powerful and underrated components of any founder’s success. C100 is proud to share this video series featuring real-life stories of successes, failures, and insights from our Charter Members— a group of Canada’s most accomplished founders, investors, and executives.

You’ll want to watch this clip that features Kim Fennell, Head of Technology Partnerships and US/Canada Business Development at Uber. Kim identifies key attributes he’s noticed of Canadian founders that open doors and attract the right investors.

Please keep the conversation going by commenting on the video and telling us what you found helpful as well as what other topics you would like to see covered in future episodes. We value your input!

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You’re Invited! August Events | Job Alert | Community Discussion

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26 July 2018
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
San Francisco
5:30pm-8:30pm

Interested in supporting the C100? Want to help us solve one of the problems facing the Canadian tech community today? Join us for our first-ever hackathon on Wednesday, August 8th and help C100 work on critical solutions to the most pressing issues facing Canadian tech companies and entrepreneurs today!

Space is limited for this event, so if you are interested, please send us an email with a description of how you plan to lend your skills to help. 

We’ll review all submissions and notify selected participants one week prior to the event.

Specific location details will be sent to participants 48 hours in advance of the event.

Thursday, August 16, 2018
San Francisco
5:30pm – 7:30pm
CiT is an evening event hosted every month to celebrate all things Canadian and all things tech. Whether you live in the Bay Area or you’re just visiting, we welcome you to join us Thursday August 16th, for some drinks and good conversation—you’ll be in good company! This is a ticketed event, so please RSVP below if you wish to attend.
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Job Alert
June 2018 48Hrs Alum, Blue Mesa Health, is hiring a Head of Engineering!Blue Mesa Health is on a mission to deliver world-class digital health solutions that empower individuals to live chronic disease-free. The right candidate for this role could be based in Vancouver, SF or NYC. Interested? Know anyone who is interested? Apply here!
Community Discussion
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Canada’s tech sector is experiencing unprecedented growth, but is it enough to keep up with global competitors? 

In a recent Bloomberg article, “Who Just Beat the Bay Area in Tech Jobs? Toronto,” the Canadian city is heralded as the fastest-growing tech-job market of 2017. Given the number of new jobs, the big tech companies flocking to the city, and the increased investment toward Canadian startups, it’s hard not to be excited about the health of Canada’s innovation economy.

In the midst of the positive coverage however, The Logic published a piece titled, “Canada’s tech sector is falling behind the rest of the world, says internal government report.” The 20-page document compares Canada’s performance with other advanced countries and reveals that the country’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector contributes less to the economy than average. Many factors contribute to this problem. The country shows slow technology adoption rates which inhibits companies’ ability to scale, The top 10 largest employers employ 12.6% of the ICT sector workforce, but 8 of the 10 employers are foreign subsidiaries. Despite being a prominent leader in machine-learning, Canada only holds 2% of patents compared to the U.S. who holds 54%.

While the spotlight is on Canada as the next big tech leader, what are your thoughts on the future of Canada’s tech ecosystem? We’re curious to know and would love to hear from you at connect@thec100.org. We may feature you in our upcoming newsletter!

Other Bay Area Events
Fireside Chat with Rahim Fazal— The Future of Work 
by Connection Silicon Valley

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

The Vault, 415 Jackson Street
San Francisco, CA, 94111

Rahim previously founded Involver which was acquired by Oracle, and now serves as CEO of SVAcademy, a future of work platform, which is funded by Bloomberg. The Vancouver native will be speaking on important issues of today including AI, automation, and building a future that works.

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What’s happening in Canada?
C100 Charter Member Mike Serbinis—the Toronto serial entrepreneur who sold his previous e-reader venture Kobo to Rakuten for $315M—just raised $47.1M almost exclusively from Canadian investors for his new startup, League. Article
48Hrs alum and customer identity leader, LoginRadius, announces $17M Series A funding from ForgePoint and Microsoft’s venture fund, M12. Congratulations to the team! Announcement
Electric scooters may be coming to Canada and city officials are paying close attention to the debate happening in San Francisco. Article
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New Charter Members | Canadians in Tech | Community Spotlight

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12 July 2018
C100 announces 3 new Charter Members
C100 Charter Members are thought leaders mostly residing in the San Francisco Bay Area (~80%) and Canada (~20%). Our Charter Members are the volunteer network that provide connections, thought leadership, and patriotic passion to C100’s mission and programs. They are accomplished Canadians who work in technology as successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives and venture capitalists. This year, we welcome Lara Cumberland, Robson Grieve, and Irv Remedios!
July 12th —Palo Alto
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
CiT is an evening event hosted every month to celebrate all things Canadian and all things tech. Whether you live in the Bay Area or you’re just visiting, we welcome you to join us this evening, July 12th, for some drinks and good conversation—you’ll be in good company! This is a ticketed event, so please RSVP below if you wish to attend.
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Community Spotlight
Cristian Villamarin—Co-founder @ Flipd
48Hrs June 2018 Alum

Cristian’s digital wellness startup, Flipd, aims to promote healthy screen habits among those of us who are overly-attached to our mobile devices. His discipline toward productivity and leading a well-balanced lifestyle is the reason why in his off-time as a founder, he competes in the Ironman—of the the most difficult triathlons.

Cristian writes a thoughtful piece comparing the founder journey with the gruelling experience training for and completing in the Ironman race. It’s a refreshing and honest reflection that contrasts with headlines that laud overnight successes and the glamour of the startup world. Read it here.

What’s happening in Canada?
MaRS, Canadian’s largest innovation hub, is hunting for a second office as Toronto’s tech scene gets hotter. Article
Cybersecurity risks could slow global innovation and cost $3 trillion USD in lost economic value come 2020. Deloitte report says Canada is short on cybersecurity talent; urges schools and businesses to educate and train talent. Full Report
Flinks, a Canadian fintech company and recent 48Hrs alum, just closed its $1.75M seed round. Congratulations to the team! Article
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Canadians in Tech | Bay Area Events | Canadian Tech News

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July 12th — Peninsula Area
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
CiT is an evening event hosted every month to celebrate all things Canadian and all things tech. Whether you live in the Bay Area or you’re just visiting, we welcome you to join us July 12th, for some drinks and good conversation—you’ll be in good company! This is a ticketed event, so please RSVP below if you wish to attend.
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Distribution tends to take a backseat to building a sexy product in early startup cycles. But, as one of the first 25 employees at Uber, Andre Charoo, VP New Markets at Hired, reminds us that prioritizing the distribution model first will help determine what you should build.
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Highlights from 48Hrs in the Valley
New additions to our community 

We’re proud to have hosted 21 of Canada’s fastest-growing startups at our cornerstone event. 48Hrs may be over, but C100’s journey with these founders is just beginning and we’re excited for what these Canadian entrepreneurs have in store!

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Words of advice to entrepreneurs from our speakers:

Frame the roles on your team around what individuals enjoy doing, giving you and them more leverage: “Do only the things you can do.”

– Kristen Hamilton, CEO of Koru


You can build a winning company from any geography: “Silicon Valley has gone from being a place to a state of mind.”

– Ajay Royan, Managing General Partner of Mithril Capital 


Be able to sell on your mission and vision to your first employees:  “Starting a company may make a lot of sense, but deciding to be employee number 20 doesn’t always make sense. The company needs to have a story—a clear vision that attracts people”

– Michelle Zatlyn, COO of Cloudflare

What’s happening in Canada?
VCs view Canada as the new tech frontier. Pitchbook’s 1H 2018 Canadian PE & VC FactBook shows increased foreign investment in Canadian startups. Full Report
AngelList introduces new program that encourages private capital investment into early-stage Canadian startups.  Full Article
PayPal acquires Vancouver startup Hyperwallet for $400M. Article
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C100 Newsletter: 48Hrs | Events | ourstories

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48Hrs in the Valley is one of our most anticipated events of the year and we’re so proud to be supporting this accomplished cohort of Canadian founders.

This June 18th to 20th, C100 will be hosting 21 of Canada’s fastest-growing startups today, in San Francisco and Menlo Park, to learn from and work with our incredible community of successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and corporate executives on best practices, thought leadership, scaling and more.

In addition to this incredible group of Canadian founders, we’re excited to announce our 48Hrs speaker line up below as well. 48Hrs is truly made possible thanks to the generosity of these individuals as well as our sponsors, charter members and C100 community members.  Thank you!

Our 48Hrs Speakers

Mike Dinsdale
CFO
Gusto
Robson Grieve 
CMO
New Relic
Sean Harrington
VP, City Solutions
Verizon
Adam Nelson
Partner
Social Capital
Mark Sochan 
Senior Executive
Partner Accelerators
Tim Draper 
Founder
Draper Associates
Kristen Hamilton
CEO
Koru
Ossama Hassanein
Chairman
Rising Tide Fund
Ajay Royan
Founding Partner
Mithril Capital
Angela Tran
GP
Version One Ventures
Marwan Forzely
CEO
Veem
Drew Harman 
Director
InterWest Partners
Sean Lynch
EIR
Social Capital
Neil Sadaranganey
Managing Director
Docomo Ventures
Michelle Zatlyn
COO
Cloudflare

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Jen Holmstrom, Head of Talent at GGVCapital, talks about how startups are finding new ways to show the growing Millennial workforce they care.
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