• Owls, Unicorns and Narwhals: A Big Year in Technology in BC

    First, the news: Investment in private technology companies in British Columbia was up 6% year on year from 2012 to 2013. Until you count Hootsuite… Including their eye-popping, record breaking, $165m USD financing ($170.3m CAD at close), investment was up 104% year on year. In other words, one financing in 2013 accounted for as much […]

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  • Garibaldi Advises on 2 of 3 Largest Financings in Western Canada in Past 6 Months

    Today, BuildDirect announced a CDN $30 million ‘Series B’ growth equity financing to continue their reinvention of the heavyweight home improvement product market. They will use the capital to support the continued evolution of their proprietary technology platform, expand their extensive product offerings, and rapidly grow their employee base. The BuildDirect financing is the 3rd […]

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  • Saas: No Signs of Slowdown

    One thing we know for certain: SaaS is hot. 2013 sustained roughly one SaaS IPO per month on the NASDAQ, alone. That does not account for the multitude of similar IPOs on other global public exchanges, nor the transactions involving SaaS based businesses that increasingly dominate private equity and venture funding in general. With all […]

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  • Private Placements into BC Based Tech Companies – 2012 and 2013

    At Garibaldi we are constantly tracking capital placed into technology companies in Canada as well as M&A activity involving technology companies. We use existing databases, but also hear or know about transactions that those databases miss or are not announced by the companies for whatever reason. We use a broad definition of technology including such […]

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  • GCA Not-The-Usual-Suspects V7 Startup Pitch Event

    We are happy to announce a partnership with the Vancouver Economic Commission as co-hosts of our Not The Usual Suspects Angel Event, being held for its 7th iteration in conjunction with Startup Week. The event will take place on September 22nd from 2pm to 4:30pm at the Imperial Theater at 319 Main St near Cordova. […]

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  • Embarrassment of Riches – How did two BC Internet companies raise $200 million this summer?

    There have been two monster capital raises in Vancouver this summer. Well, one big and one monster, to be truthful. How big, you ask? On a relative basis, Hootsuite’s $165 million total of capital that it pried from the cold hands of investors is so large that if the capital alone had been the value […]

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  • GCA Closes First Major Transaction – A $36m Private Placement into BroadbandTV

    Garibaldi’s first transaction epitomizes the value we are here to deliver Canada-wide to technology companies in the coming years. We worked with Shahrzad Rafati, founder & CEO and Hamed Shahbazi, Advisor & Investor, for nearly three years before the formal capital raise began. We helped with finance and growth strategy, facilitated investor and advisor introductions, […]

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  • The importance of measuring KPIs when preparing for a Private Equity Transaction or M&A Event

    It’s difficult to do justice to a subject so vast in a single post, and I won’t try. What I’ll aim to cover here are some foundational thoughts detailing the relationship between metric tracking and measurement inside an organization, and the related development of a pro-forma financial model in the go-to-market preparation for either a fund-raising, or a […]

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  • ValueStream Labs on the evolving investor model in private maråkets

    Solid piece by Karl Antle over at ValueStream Labs. Sets forth a similar shift in private equity investing that we espouse for ‘Transaction Advisory 2.0’: success at a fund level distills to superior access, and superior access distils down to a proven reputation for superior service. We argue the same: success in transaction advisory shifts from […]

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  • Largest Technology Private Placements in Western Canada

    Excluding biotech, these are the largest private placement financing events in Western Canada since 2000:

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