Entries by Katie Paterson

For Amar Varma, the Relationship is Job One

On March 27th, Amar Varma, Co-founder & COO of Autonomic, was Guest of Honour at the Espresso’s Founders’ Dinner. Our community enjoyed hearing about his view on long-term relationships in business. Here’s what you should know about our successful honouree. Amar Varma has done it all. In a career spanning two decades he’s been a […]

Female Entrepreneurs Optimistic At #StartUpWomen IWD 2018 Event

Last Thursday, women and men throughout the business community pressed for progress and advocated for equality as part of International Women’s Day. To celebrate the occasion, Startup Canada hosted #StartupWomen, an event full of great discussions and inspiring talks with some of Canada’s noteworthy female entrepreneurs and executives. During the event, Startup Canada CEO Victoria […]

Osama Arafat: The View From 30,000 Feet

On Feb. 28, Osama Arafat, former CEO of Q9 Networks, was Guest of Honour at Espresso’s Founders’ Dinner. Our community enjoyed hearing about his pioneering adventures in the Internet space. Here’s what you should know about our unique, and very successful, honouree. After his incredible success building and selling data-security company Q9 Networks, Toronto entrepreneur […]

Founder Stories: Pressly – It’s a Marathon, not a sprint.

Our Director of Marketing, Katie Paterson, sat down with Jeff Brenner, Co-Founder and CEO of Pressly to discuss his journey as a founder and CEO, and what starting a company in Canada is like. KP: How did Pressly come about? JB: I founded Pressly with Peter Koteka. He and I met in university, and actually […]

Founder Stories: Homestars – The Founder Journey

Our Director of Marketing, Katie Paterson, sat down with Nancy Peterson, Founder and CEO of HomeStars, to see what motivated her to leave a career in large corporations and start her own company. KP: What inspired you to start Homestars? NP: I was on maternity leave and was doing renovations on our 50-year old house. […]

GET READY FOR SAAS NORTH 2017: YOUR DEFINITIVE GUIDE

GET READY FOR SAAS NORTH 2017: YOUR DEFINITIVE GUIDE If you’re in SaaS, you’ll want to be in Ottawa November 29-30 for SAAS NORTH. Now in its second year,  the event — featuring 70 speakers and 400 companies — is an epic undertaking to connect and scale up the Canadian SaaS ecosystem. “SaaS is playing […]

Espresso Named Most Active Investor in H1 2017 by CVCA

The following is an excerpt from an article published by the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association. “OUR VIEW OF SUCCESS ISN’T HOW MANY HOME RUNS WE BACK, IT’S HOW MUCH WEALTH WE HELP TO CREATE” When Espresso Capital Ltd. opened its doors in 2009, on the heels of the global financial crisis, its main business […]