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The tale of our investment in Red Sift and when visions align

by White Star Capital

In mid -2009 I was introduced to a fast-speaking technologist in London. Rahul Powar had been the initial Chief Technical Architect at Shazam, and had this Valley-esque combination of deep insight and ambition backed by acute technical acumen. In 2009, Rahul and I had both come to the same conclusion via different paths: That there was an…

Insurance Tech Benefits Landlords and Tenants in our Backing of TheGuarantors

by White Star Capital

Insurance Tech as a sector has seen a surge in funding of 42% YoY in H1 2016 compared to the same period in 2015 with more than 80 deals topping $1B in funding. The market is however still young and we are seeing a lot of room for technological disruption. 62% of the deals in…

Aire and how data and algorithms are helping to modernize credit scoring

by White Star Capital

If you have ever moved to a new country, started your first job after school, or decided to take an entrepreneurial route and become self-employed, then it is likely that you have been penalized by existing credit-score providers like Equifax and Experian when seeking access to financial products. In industry lingo, you have been labeled…

The building blocks of the Canadian tech ecosystem (and why we’re bullish!)

by White Star Capital

When we started White Star Capital, one of our focus areas was to be active investors in well-developed tech hubs which were underserved by VC financing options.Our core bases of London and New York are clearly well-established tech hubs but with a fraction of the funding available in the West Coast of the United States.…

People Powered e-commerce and our investment into Salesfloor

by Jean-François Marcoux

Worldwide retail sales crossed $22 trillion in 2015, with digital sales only contributing 7.4% of the total. But digital sales are accelerating three times as fast as brick-and-mortar sales and retailers are all seeking to identify ways to better identify, serve and upsell customers across channels. The CEOs of major retail brands including Burberry, Walmart and The Gap are all stating that…

Backing IMMUNIO to democratize cyber

by White Star Capital

The web has a long history of famous security hacks. Attackers are increasingly getting savvier and sharing best practices amongst themselves. They collaborate to work around Web Application Firewall or “WAF” solutions that run at the perimeter of a web site. This has led many to claim that “WAF is dead.” WAF was not designed…

On the Search for Companies that see Data as a Competitive Advantage

by White Star Capital

By: Christian Hernandez, John Henderson, Matt Wichrowski At White Star Capital we are openly interested in companies that see data as a competitive advantage. We want to back companies that help collect, collate and bring data to life through algorithms. We’ve spoken about this before in posts such as “Take X and add AI” and “Into the Age of Context”. We also co-founded London.AI,…

White Star Capital closes $70m initial fund

by White Star Capital

White Star Capital, a transatlantic Venture Capital fund with offices in London, New York and Montreal, is pleased to announce the close of its first institutional fund with $70 million in Limited Partner commitments. White Star Capital will deploy between $500,000 and $5 million in initial investments into companies in North America and Western Europe.…

Our investment in the flavours, nutrious value and convenience of Freshly

by White Star Capital

We are delighted to announce that we are investing in Freshly, a company that brings a special approach to capturing part of the US household spend of $1.4 trillion on food and snacks. The story behind our investment in Freshly reflects how we’ve made several of our investments: 1.     We were introduced to Freshly by…