Episode 9 of Alacrity Canada’s “Between 2 Term Sheets” podcast features a conversation between host Owen Matthews and Sam Haffar, partner at Real Ventures.
- The types of investment opportunities Real focuses on
- Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
- Why Real Ventures aims to be accessible to everyone (hint: their staff can relate to the challenges of entrepreneurs)
- The differences in term sheets that come out of the Silicon Valley vs Canada
- Element AI
- And more
“Great entrepreneurs don’t need venture capitalists. Venture capitalists need great entrepreneurs” – Sam Haffar
About Sam Haffar
Sam Haffar is a Partner at Real Ventures responsible for working with founders on all aspects of their business: from organizational development, product strategy, to series A fundraising, growth and scale initiatives.
Sam’s background involves 15 years of experience in technology, and includes joining the founding team at Chegg (a leading education technology company that went public in 2013) and leading growth, marketing and sales teams in the Silicon Valley. Combined, his startups have raised well over $200M from VCs.
About Real Ventures
Real Ventures, launched in 2007, is an early stage venture capital firm in Canada that has invested in 150+ companies and grown a network of 1000+ founders. Real tends to invest throughout the life-cycle of early stage companies, and provides stage-appropriate capital and support for the founders it backs. Their partners are based out of Montreal, Toronto and the US.
Real has raised over $300M across 5 early-stage funds, witnessed Canada’s transformation into the home of multiple top-20 global tech hubs, and seen the Valley’s best VCs jumping on flights from SF & NY to Canada to back industry-defining companies.
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 3: Ben Narashim (Venture Partner at NEA)
Episode 4: Alex Tong (Information Venture Partners)
Episode 5: Certn CEO & Steve Clark of Company Capital
Episode 7: Brian Kobus of OMERS Ventures