Between 2 Term Sheets | Episode 7 | Brian Omers & Owen Matthews

Episode 7 of Alacrity Canada’s “Between 2 Term Sheets” podcast features a conversation between host Owen Matthews and Brian Kobus, Partner at OMERS Ventures.

Listen to this episode to hear Brian and host Owen Matthews discuss:
  • The types of investment opportunities OMERS focuses on
  • How to address the ‘scale up’ problem in Canada
  • Brian’s opinion on crypto-technology and blockchain
  • How second and third time entrepreneurs in Canada are using their past success to start great companies
  • And more!

About Brian Kobus

Brian Kobus is a Partner at OMERS Ventures responsible for contributing to the identification and execution of investment opportunities in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sectors.

Brian has over 15 years of experience in the areas of technology, venture capital and finance and has held roles at ScribbleLive, Summerhill Venture Partners, Morgan Stanley and Bell Canada Enterprises.

About OMERS Ventures
Launched in 2011, OMERS Ventures is the venture capital investment arm of OMERS, one of Canada’s largest pension funds with over $95 billion in net assets. OMERS Ventures is a multi-stage investor in growth-oriented, disruptive technology companies across North America.

Over the last five years, OMERS Ventures has invested more than $340 million of capital in nearly 30 disruptive technology companies across North America. OMERS Ventures now has a total of $800 million of assets under management.

About the host – Alacrity Chairman Owen Matthews
Owen joined Wesley Clover as a General Partner in 2004 and has invested in Echosec Systems, Encepta Corp., HYAS, Pretio Interactive, Referral SaaSquatch, Tutela Technologies, and Certn, among others.

Prior to joining Wesley Clover, Owen founded NewHeights Software, a pioneer in enterprise unified communication software which was eventually acquired by CounterPath Corporation.

With his love of tech and creating opportunities for young entrepreneurs, Owen co-founded the Alacrity Foundation. Alacrity provides an intense incubation environment to prepare graduates for entrepreneurship in the tech industry.

Previously on “Between 2 Term Sheets”
Episode 1: Tom Williams (Angel Investor & Founder) and Will Fraser (CEO of SaaSquatch)

Episode 2: Scott Lake (Co-Founder of Shopify & General Partner at Hello Ventures) and Karl Swannie (CEO & Co-Founder of EchoSec)

Episode 3: Ben Narashim (Venture Partner at NEA)

Episode 4: Alex Tong (Information Venture Partners)

Episode 5: Certn CEO & Steve Clark of Company Capital

Episode 6: Bruce Croxon of Round13 Capital & Owen Matthews

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