Canadian startup news of the week (08/26/18)

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Top Stories of the Week

Siri Agrell named OneEleven Toronto managing director(BETAKIT)

Siri Agrell will assume the role on September 5.

Wattpad releases diversity and inclusion survey results, encourages Canadian tech to do same(BETAKIT)

Wattpad reported that overall, 56 percent of its employee base were women, and 50 percent of both its design and leadership teams were women.

How I almost died building my tech company(BETAKIT)

“I worked 12 to 16 hours a day, for well over five years, without a single day off.”

Ex-Shopify leaders launch $10 million angel fund Ramen Ventures(BETAKIT)

Ramen Ventures hopes to encourage more investment from exited founders in the Canadian tech ecosystem.

Startup Milestones

  • Sonder closes new round, reveals it’s raised $135 million to date (Read here)

  • Spocket raises $1.5 million to power dropshipping for retailers (Read here)

  • Slack raises $427 USD million with $7.1 billion USD valuation (Read here)

  • Canvass Analytics raises $6.5 million CAD from Google’s Gradient Ventures (Read here)

  • Plurilock surpasses $1 million in revenue for biometric authentication software (Read here)

  • Coinsquare set to expand to Europe in Q4 2018 (Read here)

Report: AI drives VC investment as Canada hits $900 million USD for second straight quarter(BETAKIT)

AI experienced a 104 percent funding increase in Q2 2018 compared to last quarter.

Ask an Investor: How does a VC firm work?(BETAKIT)

How a venture capital fund works behind-the-scenes can be quite confusing and opaque, even for entrepreneurs who spend a lot of time talking to investors.

Can coding education STEM Canada’s tech brain drain? (CanCon Ep. 127)

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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer and content creator at BetaKit with a strong interest in Canadian startup, business, and legal tech news. In her free time, Amira indulges in baking desserts, working out, and watching legal shows.

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