Robert Antoniades co-founded Information Venture Partners in 2014 with Dave Unsworth to work with startups in the field he knows best: financial services. Robert is interested in finding the disruptive ideas and entrepreneurs that believe new or better information is foundational to businesses. He believes that financial institutions need technology to service their customers, reduce cost and compete. Some of his main areas of interest include SaaS, next generation analytics including artificial intelligence and machine learning, capital markets, banking, wealth management and insurance technology.
While at Information Venture Partners, Robert has led investments in and currently serves on the boards of Flybits, Postbeyond, Q4 and YayPay. Prior boards include Adaptive Insights (acquired by Workday, Inc.), Igloo Software (exited, 2017), Placemark Investments (acquired by Envestnet), Varicent (acquired by IBM), ITM Software (acquired by BMC) and Verafin Software.
Prior to co-founding Information Venture Partners, Robert was managing director of RBC Venture Partners where he led direct investments in a broad range of software and technology companies. Prior RBC, Robert was Vice President at BMO Nesbitt Burns Equity Partners and Executive Director of CIBC Capital Partners’ Silicon Valley office. Collectively in these roles he made investments in financial services software, internet service providers, enterprise an internet software, e-healthcare, wireless application development, security products, optical networking and semiconductor companies, among others.
As a proud Canadian, Robert believes in giving back to the community in which he lives and works. In 2013 Robert helped co-found the Upside Foundation, a platform that helps Canadian startups and high growth companies give back to their favourite charity when they have a liquidity event. In 2018, Robert was awarded the CVCA Ted Anderson Community Leadership Award for his work with the Upside Foundation. In addition to his work with the Upside Foundation, Robert is the past Chair of the Distress Centers of Toronto and past Chair of Flemingdon Neighbourhood Services. In his spare time, Robert is also a youth basketball coach, has visited over 50 countries and has enjoyed many wines in his journey.
Robert has a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute and a Certified Investment Manager.