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A Winning Strategy: Why Revenue Financing is Moneyball for Tech Startups

By Greg Smith, Chief Investment Officer TIMIA Capital I don’t know why I love baseball. Perhaps it’s my optimistic nature that no game is lost until the last out of the final inning. Maybe it’s the combination of numbers and athleticism that appeals to my sport geek side, or watching all of the work and

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Cyber Insurance – What Do You Need to Know?


By Imran Ahmad Partner, Miller Thomson LLP Earlier this summer, when the University of Calgary was the victim of a ransomware attack, it publicly said that the cyber insurance it had purchased proved invaluable in dealing with the fallout of the attack. No doubt, organizations are increasingly looking at getting insurance that can help them


Canada’s Tech Sector: An Economic Goliath

A new report by the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship illustrates the impact and contribution of Canada’s impressive tech sector on the economy and workforce. Canada’s tech sector has no doubt become a major driver of innovation and a dependable source of economic growth for the foreseeable future. In fact, new research from the Brookfield Institute for

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A look at 4 alternative financing structures & their benefits

There’s no doubt that PE and VC firms are well aware of the various risk factors that come to light when making an investment in a company. Company founders and owners are constantly on the lookout for ways they can limit their risk in an investment while ensuring they receive proper growth capital needed to

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Buyer beware: If you underestimate the importance of cybersecurity during due diligence, you will pay the consequences


Article originally published in May 2016 edition of Private Capital Magazine By Imran Ahmad Partner, Cybersecurity Practice, Miller Thomson LLP Imagine the following scenario: A Waterloo-based company is developing an innovative technology that integrates artificial intelligence into the aerospace manufacturing process. A private equity firm, seeing a great opportunity to invest in a technology that

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Roads to riches: A look at alternative financing structures and the implications for raising growth capital

Article originally published in May 2016 edition of Private Capital Magazine By Ben Gibbons Partner, Corporate Finance, Collins Barrow Toronto LLP While private equity and venture capital firms are always focused on identifying ways to de-risk their investment in a company, alternative financing structures can help a company minimize dilution and still ensure they receive

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A protective stance: How to fully realize the benefits of Representations & Warranties Insurance


Article originally published in May 2016 edition of Private Capital Magazine. By Robyn Weber Vice-president, Private Equity Practice Leader, HUB International In the past few years, Representations & Warranties Insurance (RWI) has become one of the fastest-growing trends across the Canadian M&A landscape – and for good reason: It is a valuable tool to bridge

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Investing with heart: Why doing good is good business

Article originally published in May 2016 edition of Private Capital Magazine By Adam Spence Co-founder, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing The Lucky Iron Fish is a simple idea that’s life-changing. A palm-sized piece of reusable natural iron, it can be placed in cooking pots as a low-cost way to fight anemia, a health problem impacting

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The “Achilles Heel” in deal making due diligence

Understanding why the expectations of so many deals are not realized By Jerry Tarasofsky, CEO and Founder of CSI Diagnostics, CVCA Guest Author Due diligence is essential in any investment/acquisition/merger deal undertaking with the clear objective of minimizing any risk of failure before the closing. The processes are well known and quite sophisticated covering market

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Tracking Success | Execution Excellence

Fred Pidsadny Founder & President, FOCUS Management Tracking Success: part 5 of the ‘Execution Excellence’ series FOCUS Management has produced a five part series on tackling the many challenges corporations face associated with strategic execution – the number one issue facing CEOs according to a recent study by the Harvard Business Review. In Part 1, you were