Knowledge is the key to building transformative technology.
While we don’t know for sure what’s around the corner, we do know that brilliant minds with vision and insight can change the way we build products and companies. That’s why we’re taking the time to dig into the details of tech entrepreneurship with seasoned pros — and we’re bringing their ideas directly to you.
The ripple effect of COVID-19 has created new challenges for the medical system and Real Ventures portfolio companies such as Swift Medical, MIMS, InVivo AI and BenchSci are working hard to have a significant, positive impact.
With the fast-tracked need for industries to increase their adoption of technology, startups supplying these services are well-positioned to grow and win market share. We spoke with three founders facing elevated demand as a result of the crisis about operating, helping and fundraising in this uncertain new landscape.
Innovative startups are already thinking about how they can ensure longevity and growth through and after the crisis. We spoke with Eamonn O'Rourke of RenoRun and Gabrielle La Rue of Locketgo about the impact of the crisis on their teams and what they're working toward on the other side.
For those of us lucky enough to be able to shift work to home, we have an opportunity to create new routines and find creative solutions to new challenges. We gathered tips and resources to help companies and the parents on their teams to find balance as we adjust to…
As an early-stage startup, your team is your lifeblood. You need to do everything you can to continue to foster a positive culture and show your employees how valued they are. We’ve laid out some ideas below on how to preserve your team’s culture while working from home.
Your financial model is fundamentally a highly educated guess. You’re constantly putting stakes in the ground, iterating based on what’s happening in the real world, and getting closer to the right answers. Our partner, John Stokes, shares some powerful tools and experimental methodologies to help startups move their business forward.
We believe Canada's greatest resource is now "grey matter". Around a decade into the development of our startup ecosystems, we dug into what's happening and what we predict for the future of Canadian tech and investment in 2020.
When you have clarity and self-awareness about what’s driving you, ambition can fuel your focus but just as important are the processes and frameworks you put in place to guide your growth and build your culture.
As leaders, you are tasked with guiding people who believe in turning dreams into realities. So how do you create a work culture which champions collaboration, productivity and mutual respect? Expert startup coach, Gillian Davis' advice spans from self-awareness to feedback to hiring and firing, and will help you avoid…
As business leaders continue to acknowledge that an exclusive focus on financial returns is an unsustainable mindset for companies of the future, the importance of a conscious and nurturing approach to capitalism has come to light.
Real’s Orbit fund entered the Montreal ecosystem two years ago with a future-conscious vision — to foster the catalyzation of startup activity in this growing ecosystem. 61 investments later, Isaac Souweine reflects on the Orbit MTL team’s lessons learned, beliefs about the ecosystem and insights about accelerator and pre-seed investment.
It’s been a long cold lonely crypto winter, but here comes the sun! Our Partner, Mark McDowell speaks about how blockchain and Web3 represent an exciting future for the Internet and where he sees the greatest impacts of crypto.
What are some of the latest advances in AI research that will have a direct impact on building tech solutions? In this article, we have summarized some of the key takeaways from the TechAide AI conference led by Google Brain’s Hugo Larochelle, which we supported in April 2019.
Canada continues to be a flagship when it comes to the implementation of ethical AI. Putting money where our mouths are — literally — Montreal’s researchers and tech leaders have launched initiatives in support of the less fortunate in our society.
Despite what many entrepreneurs think, there’s no standard VC meeting. In this post, Real partner, Sam Haffar, digs into the personal side of your VC meetings from building authentic connections to reading real interest.
In this Spotlight article, we discuss how the Bus.com team identified and went after a much bigger opportunity than they had initially started with, enabling them to grow from a small rideshare platform to highly competitive bus rental marketplace.
Bringing equity to the tech world may actually be more attainable than it seems but it is going to take a concerted effort from everyone from leadership down. In this post, our Director of Communications, Lauren Jane Heller, lays out the resources you need to build diversity in your company.
The team at Real Ventures has faced many interpersonal challenges and through the process of trying to resolve them, we stumbled upon a formula for running any meeting that has been so profound for us that we want to share it with as many people as we can.
We believe a company’s story is the linchpin of their fundraising process. In this post, Isaac Souweine unpacks the methods we use at Real and in our FounderFuel accelerator to support our founders in shaping their fundraising stories.
Building diversity into business is a practical way to drive innovation and returns. Plotly, the creators of Dash and a major thought leader in data science, shares their approach to recruiting the strongest team.
What are the characteristics that set successful entrepreneurs apart? With long-standing experience helping entrepreneurs tap into their full potential, Real partner, Janet Bannister digs into the attributes that distinguish the best performing founders from the average.
The emergence of neurotechnology creates a radical opportunity to advance human health and surpass biological limitations in ways previously unimaginable. Real Operations Manager and trained neuroscientist, Nicole Lai, digs into why we're excited about the intersection of neuroscience and technology.
While it might seem that $2M companies need to continue on the same path toward growing to a $10 million business, there will be new hurdles and obstacles on the path to growth. Our Venture Partner, Marcel Lebrun, shares the pivotal lessons he has learned in taking companies from startup…
What does using AI for good really mean? Delphia’s Chief Scientist, Cliff van der Linden, and integrate.ai’s VP Strategy, Kathryn Hume, explain why a new understanding of data and value is key to using AI to make the world a better place.
Just when you feel like things are taking off — your company is achieving product-market fit, has a strong vision and is clearly scaling — you’re suddenly faced with new issues and this time on unfamiliar terrain. Real EIR Andrew Sider shares his key insights on growing a strong team.
Sam’s last post outlined how to create a powerful founder narrative in preparation for your Series A. In this post he breaks down the fundraising process from start to finish: how much time you’ll need, how to nail your email intros, and how to get meetings with the right VCs.
How is Ontario’s network of public-private institutes facilitating scaled, advanced AI research and commercialization within and beyond the province? We dig into this question in this second post of our Canadian AI series.
First-time startup founders often believe their products are so valuable that they speak for themselves. The cold hard truth is that it doesn’t matter how revolutionary your tech is if nobody knows about it.
Swift Medical has created a wound measurement and management system so effective that within a couple of years, the Toronto-based startup has cornered the market. We spoke with co-founder and CEO, Carlo Perez, about the technology, his entrepreneurial journey, and any advice he has for other entrepreneurs.
The beauty of technological innovation is that it can transform industries that have been working a certain way for hundreds of years. In this interview with XpertSea CEO, Valérie Robitaille, we discuss how their fish-counting device can help aquaculture to become the most efficient protein source in the world.
Founded in Toronto in 2015, BenchSci uses machine learning to translate biomedical data into recommendations for specific experiments. In the wake of their recent Series A announcement, we chatted with co-founder and CEO, Liran Belenzon, about his company, the genesis of the idea and his advice for other tech founders.
There’s no question that Canadian AI is booming. But what makes the Canadian major cities such exceptional hubs of research and startup activity? In the first part of our Canadian AI series, we dig into Montreal’s non-predatory model and how fellowship has fostered the world’s strongest AI research community.
"As I got to know these entrepreneurs better, it struck me that Canada as a birthplace for disruption was obvious." Real Partner, Sam Haffar, shares why joining Real Ventures and choosing to live in Montreal was one of the best decisions he's ever made.
With massive investment in AI and major government dollars and support, Montreal’s tech ecosystem is heating up. We spoke with our investors about why they backed our OrbitMTL early-stage strategy and what they see in the future for Quebec’s tech entrepreneurship.
We’re all familiar with massive online marketplaces like eBay, Alibaba and Etsy. But is it still possible for new marketplaces to have comparable success? Real Partner and Kijiji founder, Janet Bannister, shares three principles for getting a new marketplace business off the ground.
Blockchain technology has evolved over the past decade and its range of capabilities is on the threshold of dramatic expansion. In this article, Real partner, Mark McDowell digs into the ways in which cryptoeconomics can change the power structures in our world.
If artificial intelligence conjures images of super-intelligent robots in your mind, you’ve been watching too much sci-fi. While we haven’t yet created machines that behave, think or feel like humans, we have created learning algorithms that can solve complex problems on a scale humans are just starting to comprehend.
Physical space matters and Notman is where serendipitous collisions occur, inspirational ideas become experiments, multi-disciplinary teams coalesce, projects get wings, companies form, and successful founders and mentors give back.
With a market cap surpassing $200 billion, Bitcoin and other crypto-assets can no longer be ignored. So will this new technology be a sustaining evolution or radical revolution for finance? And how will other industries be changed by this new paradigm?