KEY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT CANADA’S INNOVATION STRATEGY

October 18, 2016 In June, the Canadian government announced its vision to build a more innovative Canada, and in July the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development,Navdeep Bains, provided some additional insight into Canada’s Innovation strategy in an interview with The Globe and Mail. This post highlights our perspectives on some of the key topics […]

3 KEY MARKETING INITIATIVES FOR EARLY STAGE SAAS COMPANIES

October 14, 2016 Whether you have hired your first marketer or you’re still wearing the marketer hat yourself, there is a short list of marketing initiatives you need to get right as an early stage SaaS company to help ensure your marketing efforts are generating the biggest bang for your buck. Below we highlight three […]

#SPOTLIGHTAWARDS2016: CELEBRATING CANADIAN TECH

October 4, 2016  Espresso Capital was excited to be involved with the 2nd annual Canadian Spotlight Awards hosted by Razor and Kari Suleman and benefiting Next Canada. This year, eight companies were honored and recognized as a Canadian Centurian ($100+ exit) or Unicorn ($1B valuations). See below a recap of the event and mark your calendars for […]

ESPRESSO CAPITAL EXPANDS VANCOUVER TEAM

October 3, 2016 Toronto, ON, October 3, 2016 — Espresso Capital Ltd. (“Espresso”) is pleased to announce the addition of Caterina Papadakos as Director, Western Canada to its Vancouver team. Espresso is a leading provider of growth capital to the Canadian technology sector. Since its inception in 2009, Espresso has funded over 200 companies across the country. […]

ESPRESSO ROAST: MEET KATIE PATERSON, ESPRESSO CAPITAL’S DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

August 26, 2016 We are excited to introduce you to our newest member of the Espresso Capital team: Katie Paterson, who has returned to Canada after five years in Silicon Valley. Katie will be leading marketing at Espresso Capital and be an active part of the tech community. To learn more about Katie and her […]

OUTSIDEIQ GETS CREATIVE TO RAISE GROWTH CAPITAL

June 17, 2016 One of the realities facing many Canadian startups is the challenge to attract growth capital, particularly to develop leading-edge technology. This was a fact of life for Toronto-based OutsideIQ, which spent several years developing technology that uses artificial intelligence and cognitive computing to automate due diligence reports for large financial institutions and […]

ESPRESSO EXPANDS SAAS AND WORKING CAPITAL FINANCING

January 10, 2016 Espresso is pleased to announce the launch of Fund V, significantly expanding the recurring revenue (SaaS) financing program we pioneered over three years ago. The new fund aims to capitalize on the growing demand from North American technology companies for venture debt. The fund also extends our working capital solutions beyond tax […]

STATE OF THE ANGELS: ESPRESSO TALKS TO KAREN GRANT OF ANGEL ONE

January 7, 2016 We sat down with Karen Grant, Director, Angel One Investor Network, to talk about the key trends impacting angel investors and the opportunities and challenges facing angels in today’s investing environment. Is this a good time to be an angel investor? I think it’s a great time to be an angel investor. […]

CLIENT SUCCESS: ESPRESSO HELPS HOMESTARS LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR GROWTH

January 7, 2016 When Nancy Peterson, Founder and CEO of home renovation contractor marketplace HomeStars, approached Espresso Capital for venture debt, she refused to take “no” for an answer. Espresso reviewed the opportunity but declined to invest. Notwithstanding, Peterson convinced Espresso CEO Alkarim Jivraj to become an advisor to HomeStars. “I was thinking about making […]

THE FOUR KINDS OF SAAS CHURN

January 7, 2016 “Churn” is too vague a word to be useful when talking about growing your SaaS business. You need more context to understand what someone means: revenue or customer churn? Billed monthly or annually? Gross churn, or net of upgrades? And which of the 43 ways is it being measured? When it comes to […]