Our Board Rocks
Our board is comprised of Super Angels, who are investing their time and money into making Vancouver a world class startup hub:
Leonard Brody is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He has helped raise millions of dollars for start-up companies, been through one of the largest internet IPOs in history and has been involved in the building, financing and sale of five companies to date. In 2004, Leonard co-founded NowPublic.com which is a pioneer in the field of user generated news, which was recently acquired by the Anschutz Corporation. Currently Leonard sits as the President of the Clarity Digital Group responsible for overseeing one of the largest online news conglomerates in the world including Examiner.com and NowPublic, which between them, share over 20 million unique visitors a month and over 200,000 contributors. Previously, at Onvia (where he was part of the initial executive) the company was voted Canada’s number one startup in 2000 and subsequently closed a $240 Million IPO on NASDAQ.
In addition, Leonard is a Venture Partner at Growthworks Capital, one of Canada’s largest national technology funds, and acts as an advisor to venture capital funds in the US, Europe and Asia. He is also an advisor to several companies including, the Associated Press, Red Herring and Sonic Foundry. He is currently a Senior Advisor to the Canadian Minister of International Trade and a Director of Canada’s largest technology association, CATA.
Stewart is a Canadian-born entrepreneur and businessman. Presently, Butterfield is the Founder of Tiny Speck, an online game company based in San Francisco and Vancouver, which recently raised $5M in Series A funding from Accel Partners and Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to Tiny Speck, Stewart co-founded the photo sharing website Flickr and its parent company Ludicorp, which was acquired by Yahoo! in 2005. In addition, Butterfield was named one of Businessweek’s Top 50 Leaders in the entrepreneur category in 2005 and was awarded a TR35 award as one of 35 top innovators under the age of 35 by MIT’s Technology Review. In 2006, he was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world and appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine.
Eric Jordan was the co-founder and CEO of PureEdge Solutions, a software company based in Victoria, BC with 70 employees and an install base of over 5 million end-users. Customers included the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the US Army and the US Air Force. In July 2005, IBM acquired PureEdge Solutions. After a 6.5 month trip through South East Asia with his wife and young family, Mr. Jordan accepted an Executive-In-Residence position in the Faculty of Business at the University of Victoria in 2006.
Danny has been starting and advising early stage technology companies for over 15 years. In this time, he has closed more than $100M over 9 rounds of venture capital financing. Prior to founding Bootup Labs, Danny co-founded Strutta, a platform that enables anyone, from a small publisher to the world’s premier brands, to easily create online promotions centered around consumer generated content and social media. As an accomplished entrepreneur, Danny works to promote Vancouver as the tech center he believes it can be by connecting local entrepreneurs with Silicon Valley-based VCs, co-organizing the popular tech mixer, Launch Party, speaking at local and international tech events and serving on the Science World Equity Committee. Danny is also a member of the Board of Directors for Strutta and Suite 101.
Keith Spencer is a partner with the Technology and Intellectual Property Group and chairs the Vancouver office’s Securities and Technology Business Unit at Fasken Martineau. Keith’s clients range from start-up and emerging technology companies to large multi-national technology and telecom companies, and parties in outsourcing transactions. He is a member of various boards and advisory boards for a significant number of private early-stage technology companies.
Keith was in-house counsel to the Vancouver-based Wireless Data Group of Motorola, Inc. (formerly MDI Mobile Data International), where he had overall responsibility for its legal affairs. Keith has lectured in the area of technology, outsourcing, e-commerce and intellectual property law at The University of British Columbia Law School and at various Continuing Legal Education and Information Technology industry conferences. He has also authored articles in the areas of computer and information technology, outsourcing, e-commerce and intellectual property law.
Boris Wertz founded W Media Ventures in 2007, which has invested in 15 Consumer Internet companies and is also a venture partner of Acton Capital Partners from Munich / Germany, a large consumer Internet fund that is focused on later stage companies with an established track record of revenues and profitability.
Before founding W Media Ventures, Boris was the Chief Operating Officer of AbeBooks.com, the world’s largest marketplace for new, used and rare and out-of print books which was sold to Amazon in 2008. Boris joined the company in 2002 after JustBooks, the German company he co-founded in 1999, was acquired by AbeBooks. He successfully finished his PhD as well as his graduate studies at the Graduate School of Management (WHU), Koblenz, majoring in Business Economics / Business Management. In 2005, Boris was the Pacific Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner.