There are still a few invitations out to funders in Toronto, i.e., everyone has responding and we’re just waiting for a couple of folks to purchase their tickets. There are 23 24 Funders, thanks for correcting me Rob, who have purchased tickets.
Rick Segal, JLA Ventures
JLA Ventures invests in Internet, digital media, e-commerce, communications security, mobile computing, and enterprise software companies. Portfolio candidates typically possess superior technology, a sustainable competitive advantage, and exceptional growth prospects.
John Marshall, Ministry of Research and Innovation
MRI has launched $165 Million Ontario Venture Capital Fund. MRI announced Fund in November 2007. Fund will be up and running in 2008.
Albert Behr & David Berg, Behr & Associates
Behr & Associates is a boutique investment bank that provide strategic working capital and accelerates revenue generation opportunities.
Jacqui Murphy & Peter Frisella, Tech Capital Partners
Tech Capital typically invests $500,000 to $2 million in the seed round, and then continue to support the company through follow-on investments.
Robin Axon & Duncan Hill, Ventures West Ventures West Capital Ltd., a private venture capital investment group, is one of Canada’s leading investors in early stage technology companies.
Mark Skapinker, Brightspark
We are funders and founders of startup Internet and software businesses.
Suzie Dingwall Williams, Venture Law Associates LLP I work with a number of US angels looking for Canadian opportunities. We will defer/reduce legal fees for our early stage clients in exchange for equity, although we don’t consider this to be investing.
Next round of 10 founders. Some chose to meet the requirements of the form, but missed the spirit of including the details about their company. These details are being used to help both other founders and funders figure out who to connect with.
Ian Bell, Something Simpler Series A Complete: Building Series B
Something Simpler builds rich consumer applications leveraging its unique content matching platform.
Mike McDerment, FreshBooks gathering steam FreshBooks is online invoicing and time tracking for service-oriented professionals.
Noah Godfrey & Pema Hegan, GigPark Growth
GigPark is a place to find services with the help of your friends.
Ryan Coleman, Clay Tablet Launched w/V2 product. Post-revenue.
Clay Tablet is an integration platform for connecting content systems to translation providers. We streamline the language translation process.
Tom George, DesignAxiom In my dreams
Commodity mobile device (mic,ear,t-screen,wifi); open source Flash OS; net-based Asterisk phone platform: cheap open wifi-based mobile comm
Dmitry Buterin, WildApricot Great product, revenue growing, now scaling up and fine-tuning
Integrated website software for groups: clubs, associations, communities. Membership & event management, forum, blog, payments.
Boris Mann, Bootup Labs Website is up
Bootup Labs helps you quit your day job: we help startups get started.
Ron McKenzie, Octopz Growth
Octopz is an advanced online Collaboration Solution designed specifically to meet the needs of Creative Professionals.
John Green, Savvica
Series-A funded, pre-revenue
Savvica is an educational technology company aiming to improve education on a global scale by lowering the barriers of entry to e-learning.
Ali de Bold & Alex de Bold, ChickAdvisor
Emerging from Beta
ChickAdvisor is a social networking website where women can rate and review products and services.
The Founders & Funders event is a social event . Our goal is to help connect the people who fund web and emerging technology companies with those that start them. The first part of these efforts is to host an event. Well the first Founders & Funders – Toronto event is happening January 21, 2008. The next part is to help the attendees connect to each other at the event.
Here is the first attempt to design a name tag to improve the connections between attendees at the event. These badges are based on the badge design concepts by Mike Davidson. The goals of the initial design are:
Name – As Dan Saffer says “First Name. BIG! I don’t want to have to stare at people’s badges any longer than I need to. A rapid glance should boldly display the wearer’s first name, often to just refresh my memory or as a cue if I’m looking for someone I haven’t met but want to.”
Company – I want to know who you work for, but this is secondary to who you are.
Founder or Funder - As designated by both the icon and the color. The color (for those of us that aren’t colour blind) should allow you to identify the basic composition from a distance. The icon is a secondary method for identifying the role.
We want to make it easier for attendees to connect with each other. Other things I’m thinking about for the badges:
Including a list of attendees, email addresses, company description, URL and stage. This would be a foldout in the back of the badge.
Holder for business cards. This is not the most important thing, but at conferences I always put my cards and cards I receive in the badge holder, if they fit.
One thing I host that all Founders provide us is a 2 page summary sheet. The team at StumbleUpon provides a Fact Sheet which summarizes the business. We could then distribute this information to each of the Funders attending so they’d have a great way to follow up with the attendees they meet and more relevant details than provided by a business card.
Problem solved – “help people discover interesting or informative web content that they wouldn’t have thought to search for.”
Company history – “Originally launched in Calgary in 2002″
Why it works - “Stumbling is so easy that through word-of-mouth alone, nearly one million people have installed the StumbleUpon toolbar extension, stumbling an average of 20 times per day”
Revenue model – “Free membership is supported by a unique, targeted advertising model which guarantees relevant audiences and elicits community feedback. Members who opt to pay an annual fee never have to see an ad.”
Founders - “StumbleUpon was founded by three Canadians: Garrett Camp, Geoff Smith, and Justin LaFrance. The three recently relocated to San Francisco.”
Funding - “Until March 2006, StumbleUpon was completely self-funded and fully bootstrapped. Growth was achieved solely via word of mouth. To accelerate growth, the Company has attracted private investment from leading technology investors and entrepreneurs”
Board of Advisors
If you can’t summarize your business using a format like this, you’d better be Microsoft or General Electric.
Apparently, this might be why my last couple of ventures failed. The price for tickets for Founders & Funder$ is $75/person. Unfortunately, the costs per person are greater tahn $75, just the meal at Monsoon is $83/person plus taxes and gratuities. This means that on the surface, I’m really, really bad at simple math. It also means that we need sponsors to help cover the costs with hosting the Founders & Funders event.
Microsoft Canada has agreed to help sponsor the event on one condition – that I take remedial mathematics help.We’re really excited to have Microsoft participating.
The Microsoft Canada team is working hard to bring the Microsoft Startup Accelerator Program to Canada. The program is focused on startups in the US, UK, France and India. However we’re lucky to have Lynda Ting, from the Emerging Business Team in Silicon Valley (and a former early-stage Toronto VC) flying up to join us for the evening. Microsoft is committed to working with industry leaders, academic institutions, local policy makers, the venture capital community and others to build strong local commercial software industries. There are Partner Programs like the Empower, where you are building a product, you get free (or very close to free) access to almost every Microsoft tool and product.
Microsoft continues to host MIX, an intimate conference for cutting-edge technical, creative and business strategists to engage Microsoft in a conversation about the future of the web. MIX is a 72 hours conversation exploring the latest wave of opportunities and help redefine the boundaries between: content and commerce, PC and TV, Windows and the Web.
I was lucky enough to get invited to MIX07 and I’ll be at MIX08 where I know there will be a lot of very interesting technologies.
Jevon MacDonald and David Crow are pleased to be hosting the first Founders & Funders dinner in Toronto. We heard about the success in Montreal with the first dinner hosted by Austin Hill and Patrick Lauzon, and figured that this needs to happen in Toronto.
Founders & Funders – Toronto A evening of socializing and dinner for entrepreneurs, angel investors and venture capitalists January 21, 2008
$75/person – Limited to 75 attendees
Private 3 course dinner at Monsoon Restaurant
There has been a lot of discussion about the needs of entrepreneurs in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Canada. It has been summarized very well, as,
“you only need two kinds of people to create a technology hub: rich people and nerds” – Paul Graham
This is our community-driven attempt to bring together the people who start tech companies and the people who fund tech companies in Toronto in a engaging, social environment.
There has been a buzz of activity in the web 2.0 community in Toronto. DemoCamp. StartupCamp. CaseCamp. TransitCamp. We often hear about a successful entrepreneur or an interesting startup, but it is incredibly difficult to find time to attend all the events and meet all the interesting people. The inaugural Founders & Funders Dinner Toronto is an effort to bring together the nerds and people with money in Toronto.
Interested in attending?
We’re looking for founders, entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and others.
Contact us for an invitation – space pending, of course.