OV Community Roundup: Welcoming Contentful, Alyssa Joins the Team, Blockchain Blog & Portfolio News

OMERS Ventures
Jan 8 · 3 min read

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Welcoming Sascha & Contentful to the OV Portfolio

Last week we announced our investment in Contentful, the leading content infrastructure provider for digital teams. OMERS Ventures participated in $33.5 million in Series D equity funding led by Sapphire Ventures alongside Salesforce Ventures, General Catalyst, Benchmark, Balderton Capital and Hercules, bringing the total funding for Contentful to $78.3 million.

Our investment story begins several years ago as we started to understand more about the movement towards API-driven architecture, a way in which developers can build websites and apps more quickly by using microservices provided by other specialized vendors. READ THE FULL POST.

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Alyssa Spagnolo Joins the Team

We are thrilled to welcome Alyssa to the OMERS Ventures team! She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, both as a venture capital investor and entrepreneur.

In this interview, Alyssa shares more about her professional journey to date, and how she feels the Canadian tech ecosystem differs from other ecosystems around the globe.

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In the News

  • Ranovus looks to dominate data transfer market with $200M R&D push | OBJ.com
  • Wattpad offers paid access to exclusive stories | TechCrunch
  • Microsoft awards $2M to Acerta | GeekWire.com
  • Hootsuite: 5 social media trends taking hold in 2019 | Adweek
  • Why the C-suite should treat employees like professional athletes: Mike Serbinis (CEO, League) | Entrepreneur.com

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ISO: Blockchain’s Killer Apps

We believe that there will be numerous killer apps that will be enabled by blockchain. To help us assess the opportunities we research, we’ve begun considering two key criteria for blockchain use cases that we detail in this post:

Does it leverage the key characteristics of blockchain technology?

Is it a game changer — either creating an entirely new market, or adding at least a 10x improvement to how things are done today?

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Upcoming Events

January 7–10 // J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference — Michelle and Sid are attending.

January 8–11 // CES — Michelle and Brian will be there.

OMERS Ventures

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.

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OMERS Ventures is a multi-stage VC investor in growth-oriented, disruptive tech companies across North America.

OMERS Ventures

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.