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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.

 

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Growth Building the Training Wheels for Better Leadership

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.  

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Growth There’s No Playbook for People

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…

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Insights Technology, Capitalism…and Purpose?

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.

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Ecosystem Targeting Local Startup Excellence

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. 

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Insights A Venture Capital Perspective on Web3

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.

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Fundraising Winning Your VC Meetings

In this final article about Series A fundraising, our partner Sam Haffar explains what to do to ensure success through your subsequent meetings, partnership pitches and diligence process.

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Insights 5 AI Developments That Will Impact Your Startup

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. 

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Ecosystem Canada’s Leading AI Researchers Put Their Money Where Their Mouths Are

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.

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Fundraising Your First VC Meetings

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.

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Growth Pivoting on the Path to Success

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.  

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Ecosystem Taking Daily Steps Toward Greater Diversity in Tech

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.

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Insights The Magic Meeting Formula

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.

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Fundraising Building Your Fundraising Story

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.

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Growth Building a Top-performing Startup Engineering Team

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.

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Insights A Balancing Act: the Characteristics That Differentiate Successful Entrepreneurs

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.

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Ecosystem A Real Look at Neurotechnology

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. 

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Growth The 5 keys to Scaling Your Startup from $1M — $10M

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…

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Insights Artificial Intelligence: Devastation or Salvation?

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.

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Growth Scaling a Startup = Scaling Empowerment

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. 

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Fundraising Nail Your Series A Fundraising

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.

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Ecosystem Canada’s AI Ecosystem – Toronto

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. 

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Insights Marketing Mistakes Every Early-stage Tech Startup Can Learn From

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. 

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Fundraising Preparing to Raise a Series A

So, you think you’re ready to raise a Series A? Our partner, Sam Haffar, shares the winning formula for raising Series A funding in Part 1 of this series. 

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Insights The Key to Startup Success? Isolating a Unique Challenge and Continuing Despite the Odds

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.

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Fundraising The Path to Series A

Raising a Series A takes a lot more than many entrepreneurs think. While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, we asked founders for the best advice they got as they prepared to raise millions.

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Growth The Rapid-growth Playbook for Early-stage Tech Startups

When it comes to pros, there are some entrepreneurs who have simply been there, done it. Seven-time CEO, Eli Fathi shares his insights into quickly growing unstoppable tech startups.

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Insights Can AI and Big Data Change the Way We Feed the World?

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.

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Insights The AI-powered Biomedical Search Engine That’s Changing the Face of Biomedical Research

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.

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Ecosystem Canada’s Artificial Intelligence Ecosystem – Montreal

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.

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Ecosystem I Left Silicon Valley for Canada’s Booming Startup Ecosystem

"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. 

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Ecosystem The Future of Montreal’s Tech Ecosystem Looks Bright

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.

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Growth Accelerating Growth: Key Strategies for Scaling a Two-sided Marketplace

Having established the principles for building a successful bidirectional marketplace in the first article of the series, Janet Bannister, digs into the key strategies for growth.

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Growth Kick-starting a Two-sided Online Marketplace

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. 

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Insights What is the Future of Crypto?

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.

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Insights Toward an AI-first 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.

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Ecosystem Looking Back @ Paying it Forward

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.

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Insights The Crypto Revolution Really Will Change Everything

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?

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