Prior to founding Venator Capital Management, Brandon Osten was a Research Analyst and Director of Sprott Securities Inc., specializing in Technology, Health Care and Special Situations. Brandon got his start in the investment business in 1996 after graduating from the Ivey School of Business, continuing his education with the completion of the CFA program in 1999.
After spending time as a research associate in the fields of Energy Services and Market Forecasting, Brandon was promoted to Research Analyst in 1999. He quickly established himself with several prominent negative recommendations while discovering several promising companies, offering both long and short opportunities to institutional clients. As an integral member of the group that bought Sprott Securities (now Cormark Securities) from its founder Eric Sprott in 2000, Brandon became a Director of Sprott Securities Inc.
Brandon was the top-ranked software analyst in Canada among non-tier 1 banks in 2001 (#5 overall) and 2002 (#2 overall) according to BWI, as well as a Zacks All-Star in those same years. In 2003, Brandon was recognized as “The Best on the Street” by the Wall Street Journal ranking as #1 in software in North America and #5 overall. In 2004, Brandon shifted his research efforts to the United States, covering technology and special situations, uncovering the “hidden gems” that had become his calling card in Canada. In 2005, Brandon branched out into the healthcare field before leaving Sprott in June.