Nov 1, 2010

Bridgescale Welcomes Derek Smyth

Have a look at NextMontreal’s recent article, which features an interview with Bridgescale Partner’s new managing director Derek Smyth. (Note: Bridgescale is a sponsor of NextMontreal.)

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Smyth was a former partner at EdgeStone Capital Partners and he will continue to manage the existing EdgeStone Venture Fund portfolio in partnership with the Bridgescale team.

In this interview, Smyth says Bridgescale is currently pursuing three Montreal-based deals. (Smyth, who is Canadian and based in Toronto, says he visits Montreal frequently.) He also discusses how he decided to become a VC, what Bridgescale looks for in an investment, his opinion of early exits and what sorts of deals he is focused on now. The WSJ online also covered Smyth’s hiring, noting he sourced and managed investments of the fund’s portfolio companies that included Decision Dynamics, Maximum Throughput and Rapidmind, all have which have been acquired.

Here’s the release about Smyth from Bridgescale:

MENLO PARK, Calif. and TORONTO, Ontario, October 20, 2010 – Bridgescale Partners, a California- and Toronto- based growth equity firm providing equity to high growth information technology companies, today announced Derek Smyth joined the firm as Managing Director.  Smyth, a venture and technology industry veteran with an extensive operating background as a CEO, will leverage his company building experience and broad network to originate, source and manage new investment opportunities for Bridgescale Partners throughout Canada and the United States.  Smyth has served on the board of many of Canada’s leading early stage companies and compliments Bridgescale Partners’ Howard Gwin in Canada as well as the U.S. investment team.

“Derek’s operating expertise in both Silicon Valley and Canada as well as his excellent venture capital track record make him a great addition to the Bridgescale team,” said Robert Chaplinsky, Managing Director, Bridgescale Partners. “He complements our existing team of experienced investment professionals.  We expect Derek to hit the ground running and make an immediate impact to the firm.”

“Derek brings a diverse network of relationships to the Bridgescale platform, which will enable us to attract exciting new investment opportunities in the U.S. and Canada,” said Matthew Cowan, Managing Director, Bridgescale Partners.

Over the past six years, Smyth served as a Partner at EdgeStone Capital Partners, L.P (“EdgeStone”). At EdgeStone, Smyth sourced and managed investments for EdgeStone’s Venture Funds and was involved with the funds’ portfolio companies including: Decision Dynamics (acq. ACFN); Maximum Throughput (acq. AVID); Rapidmind (acq. INTC) RSS Solutions (acq. INFOR); and Solace Systems.  Smyth currently serves on the Board of Directors of CiRBA, RedMere Technology, Rypple, Shoplogix and Varicent. Smyth will continue to manage the existing Edgestone Venture Fund portfolio in partnership with the Bridgescale team.

“With Bridgescale Partners, I look forward to leveraging my experience and network to identify the best investment opportunities and play a key role in the growth and development of American and Canadian high-growth startups,” said Derek Smyth, Managing Director, Bridgescale Partners.

Prior to joining EdgeStone, Smyth was President and CEO of Bridgewater Systems Corporation (TSX: BWC). Before joining Bridgewater Systems, he held the position of COO at Ironside Technologies. Previously, he held a number of positions with Bay Networks and Radius Inc.

Bridgescale has significant experience working with both American and Canadian entrepreneurs and companies. Bridgescale is currently an investor in Bluecat Networks, Cortina Systems, Digital Chocolate, IMVU, Incentium, IronKey, Jasper Wireless, Neonova Networks, Nest Naturals, Proofpoint, Carrier IQ, Xactly and Rypple.

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