Josh Sookman

Josh is an analyst with the BlackBerry Partners Fund and with RBC Venture Partners, the Venture Capital arm of the Royal Bank of Canada. Prior to joining RBC, Josh worked at BDC Venture Capital where he performed due diligence on companies and markets in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors. He also worked at GlaxoSmithKline's International Clinical Operations division on an internal strategic project encompassing close to 300 people in 29 countries. He previously founded and operated an angel-backed online venture, CampusTutors Corporation, and he has a broad base of knowledge in mobile and web applications and services. Josh has a Master of Biotechnology degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelors of Science degree, with an Honors in Genetics, from the University of Western Ontario. He has also earned the Canadian Securities Course (CSC) designation.


Posts by Josh Sookman

The Importance of Learning: Random Musings from a Coffee Shop

January 19, 2015 - 2:08 pm

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We all know that continuing to learn new things over time is important.
I arrived a few minutes early to a coffee meeting this morning I had booked with a fellow entrepreneur, and found myself with a few extra minutes to look out the window at Balzac’s on Ryerson University campus.
There have been few times in [...]

Startup Vitamins and Maximizing Energy

October 19, 2011 - 11:52 pm

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Running a startup is like nothing else I’ve ever done. It’s an exhilarating 24×7, always-on series of experiences, interactions and product evolution. If you’re running or working at a startup, you’ll probably understand the need to have your brain (and body) functioning at 110% at all times.
If you’re anything like me, you’re always trying to squeeze another [...]

Improving Canada’s SR&ED Program for Startups

August 1, 2011 - 2:00 pm

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Today, during Ontario’s Civic Holiday, I finally got around to filling out Deloitte Technology Fast 50™ CEO Survey. There was an interesting question that sparked a thread that I’ve been thinking about lately:
“Specifically, do you think the SR&ED tax credit program is pretty good as is, or needs improvement? If it needs big changes, what [...]

Guardly: The First 300 Days

June 29, 2011 - 12:01 pm

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Originally posted on the Guardblog at:
Guardly has transformed from an idea to a best-in-class application that helps people stay safe everyday. There’s an exciting story behind our journey, and it has only just begun. I already have many people to thank for getting us this far so quickly – so, let’s get started!
Litmus testing.
Great concept, [...]