Speakers

We believe that the right connections and mentorship can make a world of difference to a startup. The BES Mentor Program is designed to connect you with the best people in the business. From business development talks and investment discussions to technology workshops, BES brings in smart and experienced people like Brad Feld and Dan Martell to inspire, share and educate early stage entrepreneurs in our technology community. Mentor talks are held on a regular basis throughout the year and are limited to approximately 50 participants to allow for lots of interaction and discussion. Have a suggestion for a mentor? Post it on wantit.bootup.ca

Look at some of the rockstars that have worked with Bootup in the past:

  • Brad Feld
    Managing Director, Foundry Group.

    Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur for over 20 years. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures, a company that helped launch and operate software companies and later became a venture affiliate of the predecessor to Mobius Venture Capital.

    Brad currently serves on the board of directors of Gist, Gnip, Oblong, Standing Cloud, and Zynga for Foundry Group. Previously, Brad served as chief technology officer of AmeriData Technologies. AmeriData acquired Feld Technologies, a firm he founded in 1987 that specialized in custom software applications. Brad had grown Feld Technologies into one of Boston’s leading software consulting firms prior to the acquisition. He also directed the diversification into software consulting at AmeriData, a $1.5 billion publicly-traded company which was acquired by GE Capital in 1995.

    In addition to his investing efforts, Brad has been active with several non-profit organizations and currently is chairman of the National Center for Women & Information Technology.  Brad is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship and writes widely read and well respected blogs at http://www.feld.com and http://www.askthevc.com.

    Notable companies that Brad has invested in and/or sat on the boards of include Abuzz (acq. NYT), Anyday.com (acq. PALM), Critical Path (CPTH), Cyanea (acq. IBM), Dante Group (acq. WEBM), DataPower (acq. IBM), FeedBurner (acq. by GOOG), Feld Group (acq. by EDS), Harmonix (acq. VIA), NetGenesis (IPO), ServiceMagic (acq. IACI), and ServiceMetrics (acq. EXDS).

    Brad holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brad is also an avid art collector and long-distance runner. He has completed fifteen marathons as part of his mission to run a marathon in each of the 50 states.

  • Tom Higgins
    Product Evangelist, Unity
    Product Evangelist, Unity
  • Patrick Lor
    Founder, iStockphoto & EVP Fotolia
    Founder, iStockphoto & EVP Fotolia
  • Paul Kedrosky
    Investor, speaker, media guy and entrepreneur
    Investor, speaker, media guy and entrepreneur
  • Mike McDerment
    Founder & CEO, Freshbooks
    Founder & CEO, Freshbooks
  • Jonathan Erhlich
    Director of Consumer Marketing, Facebook
    Director of Consumer Marketing, Facebook
  • Arif Janmohamed
    Senior Associate, LightSpeed Venture Partners
    Senior Associate, LightSpeed Venture Partners
  • Guy Kawasaki
    Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures
    Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures
  • Saul Colt
    The Smartest Man in the World
    The Smartest Man in the World
  • Matt Galligan
    Co-Founder, SimpleGeo
    Co-Founder, SimpleGeo
  • Dan Martell
    Co-Founder, Flowtown
    Co-Founder, Flowtown
  • Martin Ertl
    Founder, Contractually
    Founder, Contractually
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