John Al­bright Man­ag­ing part­ner of Re­lay Ven­tures

Toronto Life - - Tech Boom -

Al­bright has been a ven­ture cap­i­tal­ist since be­fore it was cool. He founded JLA Ven­tures in 1996, then merged it with RBC Ven­ture Part­ners in 2008 to form Re­lay, which man­aged the Black­Berry Part­ners Fund. Al­bright’s big ex­its in­clude Re­search in Mo­tion and

Descartes Sys­tems Group, which made its IPO in 1999, just in time to ride the stock mar­ket boom and bust. He now has of­fices in Toronto and Menlo Park, Cal­i­for­nia.

money un­der Man­age­ment:

Ap­prox­i­mately $600 mil­lion.

No­table in­vest­ment:

He led a $16-mil­lion round of fund­ing for the sports me­dia com­pany the Score as it piv­oted from TV to mo­bile.

the one That got Away:

Al­bright passed on Waze in 2008. In 2013, the com­pany was ac­quired by Google, re­port­edly for $1.3 bil­lion.

friends in high places:

Tony La­cav­era, founder of Wind Mo­bile and Glob­alive Hold­ings; Scott Dyer, se­nior vice-pres­i­dent at Corus En­ter­tain­ment; Jonathan Lis­ter, vice-pres­i­dent of sales at LinkedIn.

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