Ron Warburton is a Managing Partner in the BDC Venture Capital IT Fund. Formerly CEO of Simetra Inc., Ron is an experienced operator with a proven record of building successful software companies.
Michael Weider is a Software Entrepreneur and Angel Investor. Most recently, Michael was the CEO and co-founder of Blaze Software. Blaze was acquired by Akamai in 2012. Before Blaze, Michael was a Founder and CTO at Watchfire, the largest provider of application security testing software. Watchfire was acquired by IBM in 2007. From 2007 to 2010, Michael worked for IBM Rational managing the Application Security and Cloud Computing product lines.
Ken MacAskill has been engaged with venture based companies in Ottawa and Boston for the past 14 years, when he transitioned from 10 years of public accounting with Coopers & Lybrand. Ken has been an executive leader and member of several outperforming teams and participated in over $100 million of early stage equity financings and over $300 million of strategic transactions with several companies including; IBM, Trend Micro, Akamai and VMWare. Ken is a CPA and a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia.
With more than $1 billion under management and more than 25 years of industry experience, BDC Venture Capital is an investor of choice focusing on IT, health, and energy/clean technology companies, as well as venture funds, with high growth potential. From seed through expansion to exit, our mandate is to help build outstanding Canadian companies, while working to create a sound financial ecosystem for Canadian technology ventures. Find out more at www.bdc.ca/vc or on Twitter @BDC_VC.
Mistral invests early into a company's life cycle. We look for passionate entrepreneurs who are taking advantage of changing markets with next-generation technologies and innovative business models. Our model is to partner with outstanding teams, introduce them to world class advisors, international customers and capital sources to ensure long term success. While we won't make an investment unless it has multi-hundreds of million dollars of exit potential.
We have over 20 years of experience backing bold founders with big visions. Our founding team has led first rounds in market leading enterprises such as LivePerson (LPSN), GoToMeeting (sold to Citrix), Greenplum (sold to EMC), and 24/7 Media (TFSM). BOLDstart helps founders at the seed stage accelerate their growth from idea/ alpha phase to product market fit and successful Series A round. With a focus on seed investing in the mobile and agile enterprise and business models that harness the power of network effects, our entrepreneurs have successfully been able to raise over $200 million of financing following our initial seed investment. Founded in 2010, we have backed 27 awesome teams including Indiegogo, divide.com, goinstant (sold to salesforce), blaze.io (sold to Akamai), Plain Vanilla Games (quizup), rapportive (sold to LinkedIn), and Klipfolio.
CommonAngels Ventures is an angel fund investing in high-potential, emerging information technology companies. The investors of CommonAngels are leaders in the technology community who lend their knowledge and experience to the portfolio companies and support their growth. The Fund’s investments and returns are driven by a collective commitment to identifying high-potential companies and exceptional entrepreneurs and investing in seed and series A financing rounds. Since its founding in 1998, CommonAngels has invested in over 65 companies and worked with countless startup teams. Investments are currently made out of CommonAngels Ventures Fund IV.