April 28, 2017

The Inaugural Spotlight Speaker Series

Espresso Capital was excited to host the first Spotlight Speaker Series with Razor Suleman featuring Michael Hyatt, co-founder of BlueCat. The event brought together some of Toronto’s most prominent technology founders and entrepreneurs at the BrightLane office earlier this week. With Hyatt in the hot seat, the event took a deep dive into the mind of the entrepreneur to uncover real truths and lessons.

“We need to have founders talk and be united, and be honest about how difficult the startup journey is.” – Razor Suleman, founder of Achievers and Espresso Capital board member.

The Hot Seat


Michael Hyatt is a Toronto tech entrepreneur and CBC business commentator on the Dragon’s Den spin-off, Next Gen Den. Along with his brother, Richard Hyatt, Michael has completed two successful exits as majority owner. Most recently, Michael and his brother sold BlueCat Networks to an American private equity firm for $400 million. Michael discussed his opinion on venture capital financing and his choice to fire himself from his own company.

“You want to do the right things for your staff. Maybe the right thing to do is fire yourself. I want to find people who are better than me to replace me.” – Michael Hyatt

Michael’s advice for entrepreneurs? Diet, sleep, and exercise. The path of an entrepreneur is not easy, so it is important to look after both physical and mental health.

Tweetable Takeaways


Thank you to our community partners BetaKit, BrightLane, Spotlight Awards, and The Upside Foundation. Check out our blog on how Espresso Capital’s Alkarim Jivraj is giving back through The Upside Foundation.

See you next time!

Please join us for the next Spotlight Speaker Series on May 24th at the OneEleven building. Keep an eye out, as we will be releasing the speaker information and link to register soon.


Author: Jessica Ng, Analyst