Startup Canada Podcast Ep.144: Angels and VC hybrids with Brightspark’s Sophie Forest

Sophie Forest

Brightspark Ventures managing partner Sophie Forest is an incendiary angel investor and venture capitalist, a combination that is sure to make sparks fly.

Along with her team made up of diverse skill sets and strengths, Brightspark Ventures is the leading early-stage internet, media, and software venture capital firm in Canada.

“I think we make better decisions because we are very different, we look at problems, solutions, and decision making differently, making us better as a firm and better as a company.”

During her career as venture capitalist, she has led and overseen more than 50 investments in technology companies in Canada. Forest also played a pivotal role in growing Radian6, which was acquired by Salesforce in 2011 for $326 million USD.

Forest sits on the board of directors of a number of companies, including Hopper, Jewlr, nGuvu, Classcraft and more. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Sophie about making investment decisions and the power of diverse teams.

The Startup Canada Podcast Show is a production of Startup Canada, a grassroots, entrepreneur-led movement to bring together, celebrate, and give a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurship community. On the podcast, award-winning entrepreneur host Rivers Corbett speaks with the movers and shakers of Canada’s entrepreneurship community to give a glimpse into the future of business, and share insights on everything from social innovation to the future of work, investing, and why we need to think bigger to take our businesses global. Join Rivers Corbett for new episodes every Tuesday airing at 10 AM ET for lessons, trends, and opportunities in entrepreneurship from Vancouver to Fredericton; and Israel to Peru.

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