Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the theory and development of computer systems able to performtasks that normally require human intelligence and intervention, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and problem solving.
Blockchain Technologies (BCT) utilizes a decentralized, distributed and digital ledger that is used to record transactions efficiently across many computers so that the record cannot be altered retroactively without the alteration of all subsequent blocks and the collusion of the network, in a verifiable and permanent way.
Internet of Things
Internet of Things (IOT) is the interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data.
The IoT creates opportunities for direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit.
There are three investment types that we facilitate for and with our portfolio companies:
We invest in, own and partner with companies using innovative technology that provide elegant solutions to industrial and everyday challenges. Making everyday business smarter.
When you browse to find more information about our portfolio companies, you will notice that each company has its own ‘Investment Matrix’ which identifies: 1) the type of investment we that we made; 2) the technology (or technologies) that each company operates with; and 3) the verticals in which the company currently operates. Here is an example:
Access to capital, institutional investors, hedge funds, brokers and venture capitalists.
We recognize the challenges and implement solutions.
Simplifying the increasingly complicated regulatory environment.
Management team has been involved in 100+ transactions.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Shuttleworth brings 25 years of experience in the technology sector as an operator, investor, analyst and investment banker, specializing in M&A and financings. As an operator, he has held positions of CEO, CTO and Product Manager with direct experience in fintech, enterprise software, and marketing automation. Mr. Shuttleworth also has experience as a venture capitalist investing in early stage technologies and as a hedge fund analyst responsible for selecting stocks and balancing risk in a portfolio. He was a top-ranked research analyst for eight years, specializing in technology, media, and communications.
President & Chief Operating Officer
James is a dynamic and adaptable leader with extensive global experience. He has held executive positions in finance, administration, business development and information technology for over 20 years. Early in his career, James worked for a tier-one automotive supplier where he held numerous management positions generally related to sales and finance. More recently, James was the VP of finance, administration and IT for a global supplier of electrical and digital infrastructure for commercial, industrial and residential buildings. James was also Director of Finance and Treasurer for the Canadian arm of the world’s largest manufacturer of welding equipment and supplies, and most recently served as CFO of a privately held company that designs, tests and manufacturers complete exhaust systems for global OEMs.
Chief Financial Officer
Khurram brings more than 25 years experience in the field of accounting and corporate finance. Khurram qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1990 and has held Chief Financial Officer positions at Slyce Inc., Augustine Ventures Inc. and Lingo Media Corporation. He has been a key member on several merger and acquisition teams, while working in industry.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Hon. Jerry Grafstein, Q.C.
The Hon. Jerry S. Grafstein, Q.C., holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto Law School and has taught the Bar Admission Course at Osgoode Hall. He has wide-ranging legal and business experience in all aspects of media. Mr. Grafstein was a co-founder of a range of media companies, focusing on broadcasting, cable, communications, film production and publication enterprises in Canada, the USA, the UK, South America. He recently co-founded on-line news sites from Canada, USA, Brazil, China, Russia, Africa, UK, Europe and the Mideast. Mr. Grafstein advised several key government ministries, including Transportation, External Affairs, Consumer and Corporate Affairs and Justice. He was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 1984 by then Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Mr. Grafstein served on all Senate Committees, including the Foreign Affairs and the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committees. He served as Chairman of the Senate Banking, Trade and Commerce Committee. While in the Senate, Mr. Grafstein was a long serving Co-Chair of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group, and a long serving senior officer of the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA). He retired from the Senate on January 1, 2010. Mr. Grafstein continues his law practice in corporate finance and communication law and as counsel emeritus to Minden Gross LLP in Toronto and remains active in the local affairs in Toronto. Mr. Grafstein now devotes most of his business time to technology start-ups in Canada, U.S. and Latin America.
Gali Bar-Ziv brings more than 15 years of management and entrepreneurial experience, including financing, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, channel development and corporate development with extensive international experience in Israel, China, and Latin America. He serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Lingo Media Corporation and President & CEO of its subsidiary, ELL Technologies Ltd.. Previously Mr. Bar-Ziv profitably grew a sale, marketing and distribution start-up to sales growth of more than 700% year over year. Prior to that, he successfully turned around the largest service division of a $300 Million financial services company while at Fairfax Financial. Mr. Bar-Ziv holds a Bachelor of Law (LL.B) degree from the University of London and an MBA in Strategic and Entrepreneurial studies from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto.
Millard S. Roth M. Sc. Ind. Mgt.
Millard is a mature, successful senior executive, business consultant, “M & A” intermediary (Portstyle Enterprises Inc., Abolutekleen Tek Inc.). He is a business builder/fixer/team enhancer who has executed profitable growth plans and developed exit initiatives for an array of medium size enterprises.
Millard’s career has encompassed serving as: interim CEO (Atelier America Inc., CCC Information Services of Canada Inc., Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association); Co-Chair Repositioning Committee (Baycrest Foundation); Member of Board of Directors (Vubiz Inc., Tengtu International Inc., Swing Stage Ltd., Kimball Aim Labels Inc.); Advisory Board (Earthfresh Farms Inc., Human Solutions International Inc.) and Presidents’ Coach (Inniskillin Wines Ltd., Shaftesbury Films Ltd., Menu Foods Corp., TMS Marketing Ltd.). In the process, he has developed and executed strategic plans; identified, negotiated and closed acquisitions; led corporate reorganizations; and realigned business models.