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Investing in mnubo to capitalize on the proliferation of sensors and connected objects

by Jean-François Marcoux

Connected objects and devices are expected to grow at a rapid pace in the coming years. Industry research firm ABI Research believes that over 16 billion connected devices are already deployed and this will grow to 41B by 2020. Each remote sensor, whether it is a Jawbone, a connected car, a Nest Learning Thermostat or one of…

Living up to our founding tenets

by White Star Capital

Venture capital funds, like other commercial entities, have shareholders and customers. Our shareholders are the Limited Partners that have trusted us to invest their money and generate a financial return over the life of the fund. Our customers are the entrepreneurs whom we back and through whose success we will be able to deliver on the promise…

Investing in the internet of gyms and the future of fitness with Gymtrack

by Jean-François Marcoux

At White Star Capital, we believe that smart sensors and data will continue to influence people’s lives, and health and fitness is one of the categories that will lead the way. Just as the Internet of Things will continue to improve people’s lives, the Internet of Gyms will make exercising more enjoyable, quantified, and interactive.…

White Star Capital’s Year in Review 2014

by White Star Capital

As 2014 draws to a close, we wanted to thank you for your continued support. Our team and our portfolio of investments have grown this year. Many of our portfolio companies continue to achieve new milestones, release new products and delight and serve millions of users. We are thankful for those who have placed their…

My own courtside view of the evolution of the Canadian startup ecosystem

by Jean-François Marcoux

The Canadian technology startup ecosystem has materially changed since early 2007 when I decided to quit the corporate world to gamble everything on the idea of building a leading international casual game publisher and became co-founder of Ludia, the Montreal-based mobile game publisher that was acquired by London-based FremantleMedia in late 2010. We faced several challenges…

Rolling the DICE to bring fans and their favourite acts together with No Booking Fees

by Christian Hernandez Gallardo

Today the team at DICE publicly launched their mobile ticketing app, and we are proud to announce our role in leading the funding round. DICE’s mission is simple: to enable music fans to easily discover and book tickets for gigs via an elegant mobile app with No Booking Fees. DICE has built a fantastic team that includes the talents of product…

Why we are backing Glow and the opportunity in the social advertising space

by Christian Hernandez Gallardo

Since its launch in late 2009, Facebook’s Preferred Marketing Developer (PMD) program has grown from a dozen companies to hundreds around the world. It has helped brands, agencies and startups build applications, manage pages and run billions of dollars worth of advertising spend on the platform. Early PMDs like Buddy Media, Vitrue and Wildfire sold…

White Star Capital leads Series A investment into KeyMe to help you digitalize your keys, and never be locked out again

by Christian Hernandez Gallardo

Last December, I came across a partnership between 3D printing company Shapeways and a company called KeyMe to digitally scan your keys with a smartphone.  I was intrigued and, as I dug into it, discovered that my friend Amol was an angel investor in KeyMe.  Email introductions quickly followed and Greg Marsh, KeyMe’s CEO, and…

Doubling down on Fashion & Lifestyle: Bloglovin’ raises $7M Series A, hits 16M users

by Eric Martineau-Fortin

Bloglovin’ was started in Sweden 2007 by Mattias Swenson and a group of friends to help users easily discover, consume and share their passion for fashion and lifestyle blogs. In 2012, with 1.5 million monthly  users,  Bloglovin’ raised a $1M seed round from White Star Capital, Betaworks, Lerer Ventures and other angel investors to accelerate…

Christian recognized by the World Economic Forum

by Eric Martineau-Fortin

Today my partner and co-founder, Christian, was named by the World Economic Forum as one its Young Global Leaders of 2014. This is a great honour, placing Christian in a highly select group of over 200 successful world leaders from over 60 countries with a record of extraordinary achievement and a commitment to serving society…