The Hard Part with Evan McCann
The Hard Part with Evan McCann
Evan McCann
Canadian companies, founders, investors and leaders are always less covered than their American counterparts. The Hard Part is changing that! Join the host Evan McCann as he interviews the most interesting Canadians. If you want to get insider details into Canada's best then make sure you listen, subscribe and don't miss a single episode. The Hard Part site - https://anchor.fm/the-hard-part Twitter - https://twitter.com/@evansammccann LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/evansmccann/ Substack Newsletter - https://thehardpartpodcast.substack.com/
⁠Amodini Chhabra⁠ from ⁠Compass Digital Ventures⁠
Amodini Chhabra is an Investor at Compass Digital Ventures. Compass Digital Ventures is the Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) arm of Compass Group. They invest in Seed and Series A startups at the intersection of food, retail, and hospitality technology. Their area of interest include frontline employee experience, automation, sustainability tech, restaurant management, convenience economy, omnichannel retail, AI & ML. Compass Group is one of the largest contract food service companies in the world employing over 500,000 people. Takeaways Transitioning from a design background to venture capital. CDV's unique Pilot, Invest, Scale process for working with early-stage companies. How to launch, build and create a successful CVC platform. Unique challenges for the food service industry. Challenges of CVC include balancing strategic objectives with financial returns and maintaining alignment with the parent company's goals. Why AI and fintech are interesting areas for Amo right now. Chapters 00:00 Transition from Design to Venture Capital 02:24 Experience at Boston Consulting Group Ventures 06:19 Joining Compass Digital Labs 09:13 Compass Digital Labs and Compass Digital Ventures 12:01 The Process of Working with Startups 14:28 Strategies for Corporate Venture Capital Success 17:55 Investment Stage and Co-Investment 20:50 Defining the Thesis and Focus Areas 23:45 Deal Flow and Finding Founders 27:36 Unique Challenges in the Food Service Space 31:11 Internal Relationships and Strategic Value 34:29 Incubating In-House Solutions 37:41 Areas of Interest: FinTech, AI, and Procurement 43:52 Favorite Books: 'The Inner Game of Tennis' and 'The Palace of Illusions' 45:45 Excitement for the Future: Driving Innovation and Finding Balance 47:03 Dealing with Hard Times: Mindfulness and Supportive Circle
Feb 7
50 min
Rachel Wong from Monday Girl
Rachel Wong is the Co-Founder of Monday Girl. Monday Girl is the first private members club focused on supporting and connecting next-generation women leaders. Monday Girl offers: A powerful network of like-minded professionals who can offer guidance, support, and valuable connections Resources, programming, and mentorship opportunities that can help you grow and develop as a leader in your respective field Digital and IRL gatherings where members can build genuine connections that can last a lifetime Email concierge@mondaygirl.ca to learn more Follow Monday Girl on Instagram Takeaways Learnings from being one of the earliest Uber Eats Canada team members. The genesis story of Monday Girl, a community and mentorship platform for women, and the pain points it addresses. Going from a side hustle with Monday Girl to fulltime. Networking can be redefined to be more inclusive and less transactional. The importance of brand and redefining networking to make it more inclusive and less transactional. Insights on scaling the community, monetization through sponsorship and membership, and creating successful meetups. Chapters 00:00 Early Days at Uber Eats Canada 02:10 Genesis Story of Monday Girl 05:41 Building Community and Gathering Feedback 06:11 Scaling the Community 08:20 Brand and Networking 11:08 Different Mediums and Channels 16:05 Redefining Networking 20:01 Mentorship at Monday Girl 22:45 Transitioning to Full-Time 25:41 Scaling the Community 28:00 Monetization and Sponsorship 30:27 Creating Successful Meetups 33:09 Future Focus for Monday Girl 38:00 Favorite Book and Dealing with Hard Times 41:35 Excitement for the Year Ahead My podcast supporter! ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Fasken's Emerging Tech and Venture Capital⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ practice is comprised of 80+ dedicated legal professionals across the Canadian market. We're deeply involved in the startup ecosystem and have worked closely with founders from startup to scale-up to exit. Our team is a leading Canadian law firm for VC financings and tech M&A and act for many of the best-in-class startup and scale-up innovation-based companies and entrepreneurs in Canada. Given this experience we understand market trends and can assist in guiding your company forward as you scale – we take a holistic and strategic approach to helping our clients achieve their goals and provide the full suite of services including corporate, corporate finance, M&A, commercial, IP, data and compliance, employment, tax and beyond. We are excited to help the next generation of unicorns! 
Feb 2
46 min
Alex McIsaac from Northside Ventures
Alex McIsaac is the Founder and General Partner of Northside Ventures. Northside Ventures is a pre-seed and seed-stage venture capital firm backing exceptional Canadian founders in the US and Canada with unique insights derived from past experiences that serve as a competitive advantage in their next venture. They invest in a founder’s first round of external capital, often at the point of company inception and ideation. Their typical cheques are $100K-500K. They believe in a generalist approach to early-stage investing, prioritizing categories that can potentially transform our world's future greatly. Core investment categories include artificial intelligence, B2B SaaS, fintech and cleantech. Takeaways Operational experience is valuable for venture capitalists, as it provides credibility and a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by founders. Learnings from being a founder at NRStor (acquired by Blackstone) and an investor at BDC and Global Founders Capital. The best founders often have experience working at scaled ventures and have solved hard problems, giving them a competitive advantage in their next venture. How Alex defines an exceptional founder and what characteristics they have. Outbound sourcing and dealflow strategies Alex uses. Raising a first-time fund as an emerging manager and solo GP. Canadian founders are often more conservative and capital-efficient compared to their American counterparts, but the gap is narrowing as the ecosystem matures. Northside Ventures aims to back exceptional Canadian founders at the earliest stage and believes in the potential for Canada to produce more unicorns in the coming years. Chapters 00:00 Early Career Moves and Venture Capital 02:24 Founding NRStor and Building a Business 05:30 Transitioning from Venture Associate to Founder 08:07 Joining Global Founders Capital and Gaining Autonomy 10:05 The Importance of Founders in Investment Thesis 13:53 Evaluating Founders and Their Experience 16:57 Differences Between American and Canadian Founders 20:04 Genesis of Northside Ventures 22:20 Considerations for Fund Size and LPs 25:38 Value Add and Supporting Founders 29:39 Sourcing Deal Flow and Identifying Opportunities 36:00 Investments and the Future of Northside Ventures My podcast supporter! ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Fasken's Emerging Tech and Venture Capital⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ practice is comprised of 80+ dedicated legal professionals across the Canadian market. We're deeply involved in the startup ecosystem and have worked closely with founders from startup to scale-up to exit. Our team is a leading Canadian law firm for VC financings and tech M&A and act for many of the best-in-class startup and scale-up innovation-based companies and entrepreneurs in Canada. Given this experience we understand market trends and can assist in guiding your company forward as you scale – we take a holistic and strategic approach to helping our clients achieve their goals and provide the full suite of services including corporate, corporate finance, M&A, commercial, IP, data and compliance, employment, tax and beyond. We are excited to help the next generation of unicorns! 
Jan 29
45 min
Cory Janssen from AltaML
Cory Janssen is the Managing Director of AltaML Fund I LP and the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of AltaML. Previously, Cory co-founded Investopedia, a financial education site that provided content and tools to help educate individual investors. From its founding in 1999, Investopedia became one of the most popular financial sites on the web and was sold to Forbes Media in 2007. Cory is also a director at VerticalScope Inc., and sits on several private company advisory boards. Connect with Cory on LinkedIn. AltaML is a leading artificial intelligence (AI)-powered solutions developer. Working with organizations that want to use AI to leverage their data to develop solutions that drive tangible business results, AltaML empowers partners to create operational efficiency, reduce risks and generate new sources of revenue. Through a deep understanding of organizational pain points and challenges, AltaML’s solutions encompass the entire machine learning (ML) life cycle, from evaluating potential use cases and determining feasibility to piloting solutions, putting code into production, and ensuring model evolution. Takeaways Investopedia was founded accidentally during the dot-com bubble and became the web's biggest investor education website. Successful AI adoption requires understanding business workflows, data, and creating a program rather than individual projects. Large language models (LLMs) have the potential to revolutionize various industries and change how software is built. How Rich Sutton with reinforcement learning (UAlberta) and Geoff Hinton with deep learning (UToronto) created the underpinnings for the AI industry. Why Canada is not great at commercialization and how we can change that/adapt to it. Talent in the AI industry can come from various sources, and it's important to have a mix of domain expertise and technical skills. Canada needs to change its mindset and become a player in the AI industry to fully capitalize on its potential. Having a circle of people to lean on, such as peer-to-peer groups, is crucial for getting through hard times as an entrepreneur. Chapters 00:00 The Origin of Investopedia 02:22 The Acquisition by Forbes 06:07 Life After Investopedia 08:14 The Birth of AltML 11:50 The Venture Studio Model 23:49 Common Mistakes in AI Adoption 28:20 Focus on Large Language Models (LLMs) 33:30 Talent and Learning in the AI Industry 39:07 Keeping AI Talent in Canada 44:01 Capitalism and Entrepreneurship 44:41 Excitement for Clean Tech and Bursting of the AI Hype 45:31 Dealing with Hard Times 46:40 Reflections on Running the Podcast 49:40 The Importance of Asking for Help My podcast supporter! ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Fasken's Emerging Tech and Venture Capital⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ practice is comprised of 80+ dedicated legal professionals across the Canadian market. We're deeply involved in the startup ecosystem and have worked closely with founders from startup to scale-up to exit. Our team is a leading Canadian law firm for VC financings and tech M&A and act for many of the best-in-class startup and scale-up innovation-based companies and entrepreneurs in Canada. Given this experience we understand market trends and can assist in guiding your company forward as you scale – we take a holistic and strategic approach to helping our clients achieve their goals and provide the full suite of services including corporate, corporate finance, M&A, commercial, IP, data and compliance, employment, tax and beyond. We are excited to help the next generation of unicorns! 
Jan 26
50 min
Steve Davis from Operto
Steve Davis is the CEO of Operto. Operto is the world’s leading property automation and IoT operating system for vacation rentals, hotels, and serviced apartments is revolutionizing guest stays and hospitality management. Through technology that connects teams, guests, managers and smart devices; Operto addresses common friction points to provide fully seamless and personalized stays - creating greater efficiency, guest satisfaction and more revenue. Takeaways Marketing has evolved from a mass-market, spray-and-pray approach to a more targeted and consultative strategy, focusing on becoming a trusted advisor and thought leader. Successful salespeople now need to adapt to longer sales cycles and the fact that buyers are more informed than ever before, requiring a consultative and value-driven approach. Having experience as both an investor and founder can provide unique perspectives and insights that can make someone a better leader and decision-maker. Acquisitions can be a faster and more efficient way to grow a business, but it's important to carefully consider the integration process and cultural fit. Building a strong company culture is crucial for attracting and retaining top talent, and it requires creating an environment where people can do their best work and feel empowered. Operto solves the problem of managing short-term rentals by providing automation and tools that streamline operations and enhance the guest experience. Operto takes an open-source approach, working with various hardware and software platforms to provide flexibility and compatibility for their customers. Personal growth as a CEO can be achieved through continuous learning, seeking advice from mentors and peers, and taking time for self-reflection and self-care. Chapters 00:00 Evolution of Marketing 03:03 Consultative Sales Approach 05:37 Insights from Investor and Founder Roles 09:23 Joining Aperto as CEO 12:28 Problem Solved by Operto 17:51 Open Source Approach 19:42 Acquisitions vs. Building Internally 23:38 B2B and B2C Dynamics 26:53 Building a Strong Company Culture 30:42 Maintaining an Edge as a CEO 34:20 Favorite Books and Personal Growth 47:08 Excitement for 2024 48:43 Continuous Learning and Growth 50:45 Seeking Great People for Hyper Growth My podcast supporter! ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Fasken's Emerging Tech and Venture Capital⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ practice is comprised of 80+ dedicated legal professionals across the Canadian market. We're deeply involved in the startup ecosystem and have worked closely with founders from startup to scale-up to exit. Our team is a leading Canadian law firm for VC financings and tech M&A and act for many of the best-in-class startup and scale-up innovation-based companies and entrepreneurs in Canada. Given this experience we understand market trends and can assist in guiding your company forward as you scale – we take a holistic and strategic approach to helping our clients achieve their goals and provide the full suite of services including corporate, corporate finance, M&A, commercial, IP, data and compliance, employment, tax and beyond. We are excited to help the next generation of unicorns! 
Jan 22
53 min
Guillaume Thérien from Triptyq Capital
Guillaume Thérien is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner (Associé) of Triptyq Capital. Based in Montreal, Triptyq Capital is a $40M early-stage venture capital investment fund that invests in companies developing tech for the media, creator economy, gaming, XR and entertainment sectors. Takeaways Guillaume's background in marketing and entertainment has provided him with valuable insights as an investor in the entertainment tech space. Working for Guy Laliberté's (founder of Cirque du Soleil) family office, Lune Rouge. How Guillaume's other Partners, Bertrand Nepveu (Vrvana acquired by Apple) and Charles Sylvestre (Novacap and Fonds de solidarité FTQ) bring different skills to the firm. The entertainment tech industry presents unique challenges and roadblocks that founders should be aware of, such as regulatory issues and platform dependencies. Why Montreal is a top city globally for entertainment, gaming, media and entertainment tech. Different platforms like the Apple Vision Pro and YouTube and how they impact founders and companies building in the space. The process behind raising $40M as first-time emerging managers. Chapters 00:00 Background in Marketing and Entertainment 04:14 Insights from Music and Entertainment Background 06:28 Experience at Lune Rouge 08:49 Genesis of Triptyq 13:23 Successful Fundraising for First Fund 18:12 Exciting Areas of Investment 22:02 Geography in Entertainment Tech 26:32 Challenges in Entertainment Tech 29:02 Defining Content in Entertainment Tech 30:35 Recent Investments and Founders 35:30 Investing in Platform Companies 38:07 Favorite Book and Future Outlook 39:43 Excitement for 2024 41:49 Dealing with Hard Times 42:58 Closing Remarks My podcast supporter! ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Fasken's Emerging Tech and Venture Capital⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ practice is comprised of 80+ dedicated legal professionals across the Canadian market. We're deeply involved in the startup ecosystem and have worked closely with founders from startup to scale-up to exit. Our team is a leading Canadian law firm for VC financings and tech M&A and act for many of the best-in-class startup and scale-up innovation-based companies and entrepreneurs in Canada. Given this experience we understand market trends and can assist in guiding your company forward as you scale – we take a holistic and strategic approach to helping our clients achieve their goals and provide the full suite of services including corporate, corporate finance, M&A, commercial, IP, data and compliance, employment, tax and beyond. We are excited to help the next generation of unicorns! 
Jan 19
45 min
Robbie Bent from Othership
Robbie Bent is the Co-Founder and CEO of Othership. Othership is a platform that includes a physical space and a mobile app to affect positive change and address the problem of loneliness and the detrimental effects it has on our individual and collective health. Othership encourages openness to the awe, belonging, and interconnectivity that animates the human experience for a more joy-filled life and living. They combine a transformational breathwork app and physical spaces built around sauna + ice bath classes. Takeaways Don't optimize for money early in your career; focus on being around smart people and interesting problems. Building a community requires finding a topic with emotional energy and creating a recurrent learning or socializing experience. Designing a physical space involves understanding the customer journey, iterating based on feedback, and paying attention to detail. Scaling a business while maintaining quality requires a strong training program and a team that aligns with the company's values. Trends such as increased loneliness, reduced interest in alcohol, and the rise of wellness practices present opportunities for businesses like Othership. Designing impactful programming that can keep users engaged and scale. Building a brand and brands that inspire Robbie. Raising a $10M Series A and scaling beyond Toronto to NYC and beyond. Chapters 00:00 Starting in Finance 02:05 Becoming a Founder 04:06 Lessons from a Failed Startup 05:46 Passion and Long-Term Commitment 06:15 Building a Community 08:16 Designing the Physical Space 11:12 Finding Passion and Purpose 13:51 Building and Maintaining a Community 17:11 Scaling the Business and Maintaining Quality 21:23 Inspiring Brands and Experiences 24:12 Creating a Welcoming Experience for First-Timers 27:42 Capitalizing the Business 32:40 Location Selection 33:50 Trends and Opportunities 36:35 Creating an Amazing Programming Experience 39:00 Favorite Books and Podcasts 40:49 Excitement for 2024 42:52 Dealing with Hard Times 43:44 Dealing with Fear and Emotional Support 47:12 Finding Meaning and Purpose My podcast supporter! ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Fasken's Emerging Tech and Venture Capital⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ practice is comprised of 80+ dedicated legal professionals across the Canadian market. We're deeply involved in the startup ecosystem and have worked closely with founders from startup to scale-up to exit. Our team is a leading Canadian law firm for VC financings and tech M&A and act for many of the best-in-class startup and scale-up innovation-based companies and entrepreneurs in Canada. Given this experience we understand market trends and can assist in guiding your company forward as you scale – we take a holistic and strategic approach to helping our clients achieve their goals and provide the full suite of services including corporate, corporate finance, M&A, commercial, IP, data and compliance, employment, tax and beyond. We are excited to help the next generation of unicorns! 
Jan 15
50 min
Neha Khera from 2048 Ventures
Neha Khera is a General Partner at 2048 Ventures. 2048 Ventures is a thesis-driven earliest-stage venture capital firm. They are founders, experienced operators, nerds and dreamers obsessed with the future. They've backed over 200 startups and have the experience and conviction to lead your pre-seed or seed round. Takeaways University of Waterloo's engineering program and co-op program provide a strong foundation for problem-solving and work ethic. What it was like being one of Mejuri's earliest investors. Learnings from investing at MaRS and 500 Startups/500 Canada. Why Canadian founders run marathons and American founders run sprints. Research is a valuable skill for investors, allowing them to make informed decisions and understand complex industries. Investing in early-stage companies requires a focus on the team and their ability to execute. The venture capital industry needs more diversity in terms of gender and background, and efforts should be made to support underrepresented founders and investors. Nuances to being an emerging manager. Chapters 00:00 University of Waterloo and Engineering 02:18 Transition to Venture Capital 04:22 Joining Mars and Formative Experience 06:19 The Strengths of Research in Investing 07:28 Early Investments and Evolving Decision-Making 09:31 Importance of Mentors and Networking 11:02 Investing in Majuri and Taking a Bet on Herself 13:35 Transition to 500 Startups Canada 15:47 Experience at 500 Startups Canada 16:41 Transition to 2048 Ventures 19:59 Choosing 2048 Ventures and Alignment with Alex 23:49 Navigating the Noise in the Market 25:36 Differences Between Canadian and American Founders 27:17 Encouraging Canadian Founders to Take More Risks 28:59 Raising a Fund and Challenges for Emerging Managers 34:53 State of the Market for Pre-Seed and Seed 36:20 Building Conviction in Founders and Developing Relationships 38:58 Misconceptions About Emerging Managers 41:38 Maintaining Communication and Support with LPs 44:36 Favorite Books and Excitement for the Future 46:17 Dealing with Hard Times and Maintaining Perspective 47:30 Open Call to Founders and Promoting Diversity My podcast supporter! ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Fasken's Emerging Tech and Venture Capital⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ practice is comprised of 80+ dedicated legal professionals across the Canadian market. We're deeply involved in the startup ecosystem and have worked closely with founders from startup to scale-up to exit. Our team is a leading Canadian law firm for VC financings and tech M&A and act for many of the best-in-class startup and scale-up innovation-based companies and entrepreneurs in Canada. Given this experience we understand market trends and can assist in guiding your company forward as you scale – we take a holistic and strategic approach to helping our clients achieve their goals and provide the full suite of services including corporate, corporate finance, M&A, commercial, IP, data and compliance, employment, tax and beyond. We are excited to help the next generation of unicorns! 
Jan 12
45 min
Kaylee Astle from Blanka
Kaylee Astle is the Founder and CEO of Blanka. Use the code HARDPART10 for 10% off. Blanka helps anyone start a makeup or skincare line in under 5 minutes. Choose from hundreds of high-quality cruelty-free beauty and skincare products to personalize and dropship online. With zero minimum order quantity, they also offer dropshipping services so you can focus on marketing and sales. In their app, you can choose products, order samples, and use their logo visualizer to see your brand come to life in one click. Takeaways Her background and learnings at Deloitte, SAP, MobSquad and Spocket. Nuances to building for the Shopify App Store. Platform businesses have the potential to empower and enable others to start their own businesses. Why they wanted to be more vertically integrated with Blanka. The beauty industry is evolving, with emerging brands and influencer-led brands gaining traction. Going from bootstrapped to raising capital, why the shift in strategy. Building a strong network of founder friends can provide support, guidance, and opportunities for collaboration. Chapters 00:00 Background and Career Arc 03:10 Starting an E-commerce Brand During COVID 04:38 Identifying a Problem and Starting Blanka 06:02 Building on the Shopify App Store 07:13 Building a Platform Business 08:51 Choosing the Beauty Industry and Vertical Integration 09:22 Customer Experience and Target Audience 10:25 The Future of Creator and Influencer Brands 11:27 Marketing and Branding Strategy 18:48 Bootstrapping and Raising Capital 21:43 The Fundraising Process 24:48 Finding Co-founders 27:57 The Role of Operations 29:53 Building a Founder Network 32:01 Deploying Capital After Fundraising 34:11 The Blanka User Experience 35:59 Favorite Book and Excitement for the New Year 37:33 Dealing with Hard Times 38:19 Closing Remarks My podcast supporter! ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Fasken's Emerging Tech and Venture Capital⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ practice is comprised of 80+ dedicated legal professionals across the Canadian market. We're deeply involved in the startup ecosystem and have worked closely with founders from startup to scale-up to exit. Our team is a leading Canadian law firm for VC financings and tech M&A and act for many of the best-in-class startup and scale-up innovation-based companies and entrepreneurs in Canada. Given this experience we understand market trends and can assist in guiding your company forward as you scale – we take a holistic and strategic approach to helping our clients achieve their goals and provide the full suite of services including corporate, corporate finance, M&A, commercial, IP, data and compliance, employment, tax and beyond. We are excited to help the next generation of unicorns! 
Jan 5
40 min
Elizabeth Yin from Hustle Fund
Elizabeth Yin is the Co-Founder and General Partner of Hustle Fund. Hustle Fund is a venture capital fund investing in founders at the pre-seed and seed stages. They also have Angel Squad, a vetted community of angel investors, who get radical access to Hustle Fund's deals and investor education. Takeaways Learnings from working for Tony Hsieh (LinkExchange and Zappos). Being in Silicon Valley provides a unique environment for networking and learning from peers. Why Canadian founders should consider spending time there. How Toronto's tech ecosystem has changed over the last few years. Differences between Canadian and American founders. A great angel investor is someone who understands their purpose and has a clear portfolio construction strategy. Things that Hustle Fund looks for in founders at the earliest stages. What it was like raising Hustle Fund I. If you have the desire to start a business, now is the best time in history to pursue that opportunity. Chapters 00:00 Getting into Tech and Working at Google 04:16 Learning from Tony Hsieh 07:24 Starting LaunchBit 08:30 What Made LaunchBit Different 12:15 Working at 500 Startups 14:35 Starting Hustle Fund 17:40 The State of Pre-Seed Market 20:48 Geography and Investing in Toronto 23:16 Mindset of Toronto Founders 26:46 The Importance of Being in Silicon Valley 30:12 Qualities of a Great Angel Investor 35:25 The Purpose of Angel Squad 43:42 Favorite Book: Buy Back Your Time 45:45 Excitement for 2024 47:24 Dealing with Hard Times 47:52 Recognizing Privilege and Gratitude 49:18 The Opportunities of the Post-Pandemic World 50:46 Inspiration and Encouragement My podcast supporter! ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Fasken's Emerging Tech and Venture Capital⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ practice is comprised of 80+ dedicated legal professionals across the Canadian market. We're deeply involved in the startup ecosystem and have worked closely with founders from startup to scale-up to exit. Our team is a leading Canadian law firm for VC financings and tech M&A and act for many of the best-in-class startup and scale-up innovation-based companies and entrepreneurs in Canada. Given this experience we understand market trends and can assist in guiding your company forward as you scale – we take a holistic and strategic approach to helping our clients achieve their goals and provide the full suite of services including corporate, corporate finance, M&A, commercial, IP, data and compliance, employment, tax and beyond. We are excited to help the next generation of unicorns! 
Jan 2
52 min
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