We discussed giving back with TechAide
Sophie has been involved in the Canadian Venture Capital Industry more than 25 years. She worked early in her career for Caisse de Dépot et Placements for seven years, managing a large portfolio of VC investments internationally with assets of close to one billion $. Since 2003, Sophie has been a managing partner with Brightspark, an early stage venture capital firm. Sophie was involved in a number of successful VC backed companies including Touchtunes, Servicesoft, Think Dynamics, Protecode, Radian6, Jewlr and Hopper. Sophie is also a Board member of Centech in Montréal and is an independent Board member for Interac inc.
As a venture investor, Alan co-founded GSM Capital, the first global wireless venture fund, with notable investments such as Saraïde (acquired by Infospace) and Paypal. As a founding partner in Acta Wireless, he chaired OZ Communications (acquired by Nokia), co-founded Millennial Media (NYSE: MM, acquired by Verizon AOL) as well as Real Ventures, Canada’s leading source of capital for game-changing entrepreneurs and a driving force behind emerging tech ecosystems. Alan contributes to his community as Chairman of the OSMO Foundation (Maison Notman House), in the formation of Startup Montreal, Cofounder/Ambassador of TechAide, Advisory Board Member of AI4GoodLab and Advisor to Kids Code Jeunesse. A native of Scotland, keen cyclist and lifelong skier, Alan holds a BSc (Hons) in Offshore Engineering from Heriot-Watt University and an MBA from INSEAD.
On the show, we spoke about:
- State of technology in Canada today
- The inception of TechAide
- The power of community and Centraide’s impact
- Making a difference in people’s live
- How tech companies can get involved