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BenchSci Announces Additional Investment From Google’s Gradient Ventures, Brings Total To $27.2M

TSFV portfolio company BenchSci announces additional investment from Gradient Ventures, Google’s AI-focused venture fund, to meet growing demand from pharmaceutical companies for its biomedical AI technology, which empowers scientists to run more successful experiments to accelerate drug discovery. It brings BenchSci’s total funding to $27.2 million. Great to see that Gradient Ventures is doubling down.…

Two Small Fish Ventures Announces First Close Of Fund II

Since leaving Wattpad, I have been investing my energy into Toronto’s tech ecosystem in order to help tech startups grow. In the past four years, I have evolved from a serial entrepreneur to an angel investor as I noticed that there is a gap in the venture capital ecosystem here in Canada. We have a…

Print-on-demand Network Printify Raises $3M From Bling Capital And Other All-Star Investors

Seed round led by Bling Capital with participation from YouTube co-founder Steven Chen, Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin, Google Adsense Godfather Gokul Rajarm and many other prominent investors. In the early days of Wattpad, I always wanted to send swag to our loyal Wattpad fans and ambassadors in showcase of our gratitude. These passionate users filled…

Ada Secures $19 Million in Series A From FirstMark Capital, Leaders Fund And Many Others

Ada raises $19 million to help companies develop their own customer service chatbots Huge congrats to the Ada team for securing its Series A! It was not too long ago when Wattpad integrated with Ada's prototype. We loved it so much that led to our investment in the company. The growth of Ada's traction since…

XPRIZE Spinoff HeroX Democratizes Innovation Through Challenges

Contests have always been a fun way to get people excited about a challenge. Every year, the Watty Awards on Wattpad attracted hundreds of thousands of writers to take on the storytelling challenge, hoping to gain the recognition from the crowd. In the end, many great stories are shared and some of them are recognized…

BenchSci Raises $10M Series A From iNovia and Google’s Gradient Ventures

$10 Million Series A to accelerate biomedical discoveries with AI-powered search engine for biological products. Huge congrats on BenchSci's Series A led by iNovia with participation from Google’s AI-focused venture fund, Gradient Ventures, and return investors Golden Venture Partners, Afore Capital, Real Ventures, and Radical Ventures. It was exactly two years ago when Two Small…

Zoom.ai – Your Automated Assistant For Your Work Day!

If you love figure skating, you would know that Patrick Chan is the most decorated male figure skater in Canadian history. He once explained why having too many (in his words, four) quadruple jumps in a long program would diminish the quality of figure skating. Setting up a quadruple jump requires so much set up.…

ChefHero – The Procurement Hero For The Food Service Industry

Did you know that other than being an angel investor, I have another full-time job? Yup, I am the Chief Operations Officer of the Lau’s residence. I am in charge of the inventory of all household supplies. I am also in charge of the weekly grocery purchase and any emergency purchase during the week. Other…

Vouchr – Surpriise! Gifting is More Fun than Ever!

A couple of weeks ago, on the 11th day of Ellen DeGeneres’ 12 Days of Giveaways, Ellen gave her audience the ultimate surprise! Partnering with the show, Surpriise, the first and only mobile gifting app that allows users to send Visa gift cards digitally to anywhere in the world, gifted the audience with $300 gift cards…

SkipTheDishes’ $110M Acquisition By JUST EAT Is A Big Win For Everyone

First of all, huge congrats to the SkipTheDishes team! Food delivery giant JUST EAT just acquired the rocket ship SkipTheDishes! It’s hard to believe that only 18 months ago Two Small Fish Ventures invested in SkipTheDishes. Although it is bittersweet to see SkipTheDishes exits our portfolio so quickly, no doubt this acquisition is a big win for everyone involves. 1.…

BenchSci – Unleashing The Collective Power Of Scientists

When Allen and I meet new faces in networking events, often people are curious about how we met. So now, once and for all, let me tell you. We met in the summer just before my freshman year in Engineering at University of Toronto. He was a year senior to me and we were introduced…

Bitstrips, The Company Behind Bitmoji, Acquired By Snap for $100M

Congrats! The Bitstrips team caught the lightning twice! Here is the story behind it. Yesterday Snapchat announced that it has acquired Toronto based Bitstrips. Congratulations to my friends Jacob, Shahan and the Bitstrips team. They built an amazing product - Bitmoji - and it was a fantastic outcome for all stakeholders. Two Small Fish has…

#paid – Influencer Marketing Solution For Brands

Many social media influencers have created massive followings. It is not uncommon to find YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat or Wattpad influencers who have millions of followers. These social influencers have built online followings so strong that they dwarf many Hollywood celebrities. In addition, these social influencers have built personal and authentic relationships with their fan base.…

SkipTheDishes – Connecting Local Restaurants, Food Couriers and Customers

According to a recent study by The Economist, Toronto is the world’s best city to live in. I agree wholeheartedly. It’s a safe, friendly, clean, diverse and prosperous city. We feel so blessed to call Toronto home since Allen and I moved from the suburb a year ago. Did we miss our lives as suburbanites?…

CareGuide – Finding Your Next Caregiver

If you have been looking for a caregiver for your children or aging parents, you would understand the pain in the caregiver-hunting process. Money aside, the caregiver not only has to be trustworthy, but also likeable by the children and/or the elderlies. If you have an energetic pet at home, the caregiver and your pet…