AfternoonT is a weekly podcast hosted by TTT Studios Co-Founder & President Chris Hobbs to share success stories of Canadian founders. Listen to it!
Janet Bannister of Real Ventures & Kijiji
Janet Bannister is the Managing Partner of Real Ventures, Canada’s preeminent early-stage venture capital firm. In addition to leading Real Ventures and working with her large portfolio of rapidly growing tech companies, Janet is very active in the Canadian tech ecosystem; she is on the Boards of Communitech in Waterloo and Vector Institute in Toronto. In 2004, Janet launched Kijiji.ca and grew it to become one of the most visited websites in Canada. This year, Janet became the co-chair of the C100… which is the leading global community of Canadian tech leaders, dedicated to supporting, inspiring and connecting the most promising Canadian entrepreneurial leaders, and a group I am very proud to be a member of. Personally, I am very excited to see the direction she will take the C100 through her stewardship.
Jason Smith & Sarathy Naicker of Klue
Today is a special episode of the AfternoonT as I have Sarathy Niacker and Jason Smith co-founders of Klue - an AI-powered Competitive Enablement platform designed to help product marketers collect, curate, and deliver actionable competitor insights to empower revenue teams to win more business. Sarathy is an experienced software professional with a deep background in data processing, security, and design. Prior to founding Klue, Sarathy has played an important role with local tech firms Active State and Sophos. Meanwhile, Jason Smith is the co-founder, investor or early employee of 5 start-ups including acting as the former President of Vision Critical (startup to 500+ people), VP of Electronic Arts and co-founder of web applications pioneer- the Columbus Group which was acquired by TELUS.
Sunil Sharma of Techstars
Sunil Sharma is the Managing Director of the Techstars Toronto Accelerator, Techstars' first accelerator program in Canada. Previously, Sunil was founder of Extreme Startups, managed a Canadian Consulate in California, and worked as a venture capitalist.
Sunil has taken on the co-organizer role for one of the largest tech and startup conferences in the world, Toronto’s own Collision and is the co-host of Web Summit in Lisbon where last month I witnessed him introduce some of the world’s biggest movers and shakers to the stage.
Web Summit Edition
Web Summit is an annual technology conference held in Lisbon, Portugal. The conference's theme centers on emerging technologies and venture capitalism. Web Summit's partners range from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, with attendees representing all levels and sectors of the global high technology industry.
Since returning to Canada, Chris has been asked questions about the event by many people and the professionals he met there. So, we decided to host a special Web Summit Edition of the Afternoon "T" podcast to discuss the success/takeaways of the event, tech trends, and the experience of our five special guests: Anastasia Pash, Bruce Reynolds, Casey Lau, Damarys Zampini, and Michael Souza.
Cybele Negris of Webnames.ca
Cybele Negris is a serial entrepreneur, seasoned board member, speaker, mentor, and columnist. In 2000, Cybele became the CEO & Co-Founder of Webnames.ca, Canada’s original .CA Registrar. Cybele serves on multiple boards including Blue Shore Financial,Canadian American Business Council, Science World, BCAA, The Royal Canadian Mint, BC Small Business Roundtable, Riverview Lands Redevelopment, and Women get on Board.
A Hall of Fame Inductee of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women and nine-time winner of PROFIT W100, some of Cybele’s other recognitions include BC Business Most Influential Women in Business and Business In Vancouver’s Influential Women in Business and a Top 40 Under 40.
Cybele is a columnist for Business in Vancouver, Marketing News Canada and a regular contributor to Forbes Business Council. She speaks at dozens of events each year including TEDx and Level Up Conference with former Prime Ministers Harper & Chretien.
Mike Potter of Rewind
Mike Potter is the co-founder and CEO of Rewind, a leading cloud data backup provider trusted by over 30,000 businesses to protect their data on platforms such as BigCommerce, Shopify and QuickBooks. A veteran entrepreneur, Mike has over 25 years of experience building solutions for the software, cloud and data analytics space, including tenures at Adobe and Mozilla. He earned his MBA from the University of Ottawa and his B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University. Mike currently resides in Ottawa, Canada.
(Full disclosure - Chris was my lifeguarding boss back in the fun days at Splashdown Waterpark.)
That said, he was exuberant then as he now, and it shows up in the interviews. This fun take on the state of Vancouver’s startup scene and players is a good listen.
Great podcast highlighting Vancouver’s amazing individuals
10/10 really great work. Can’t wait for the next episode!