Canadian startup news of the week (2/07/21)

Top Hat occupies four floors for its corporate office in Yorkville, Toronto. Source Top Hat.

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Georgian doubles down on Top Hat with $130 million USD investment as company swaps CEOs(BETAKIT)

The deal brings Georgian’s share to just below 50 percent majority ownership. SEC filings reviewed by BetaKit confirm a new Georgian Alignment Fund I, which sources indicated participated in the investment.

Hubba to shut down(BETAKIT)

An unconfirmed number of Hubba employees were also laid off as part of the decision (LinkedIn lists 45 current employees, with the majority located in Canada).

As founding partners step back, a new Real Ventures prepares to raise its next fund(BETAKIT)

Regarding the overall evolution and next phase of Real, Bannister told BetaKit, “We very much value diversity of thought [and] diversity of perspectives on the Real Ventures team.”

Fiscal third-quarter sees Lightspeed continue growth trajectory with revenue increasing 79 percent year-over-year(BETAKIT)

The Montreal company’s revenue totalled $57.6 million when accounting for the addition of its recent acquisitions, ShopKeep and Upserve.

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Stonks were discussed. But we also discussed how business models differentiate trading platforms like Wealthsimple and Robinhood more than the underlying tech.


Climate change is right up there on the existential dread charts. Sounds like now is a really good time to talk about cleantech.

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