Prior to becoming a venture capitalist he was a technology founder, having built and sold Virtual Greats, a luxury online IP rights broker, and Millions of Us, a digital agency. He has also taught high-growth technology entrepreneurship at The Next 36 to over 30 companies. Those companies have gone on to build successful products and raise millions of dollars in follow on financing.
Lassonde spent a decade in San Francisco selling and building software for Second Life, LucasArts and Electronic Arts to customers Sony, Nike, Warner Brothers, General Motors, Coke, Intel and many more Fortune 500 companies.
He holds an MBA from the USF, a BESc in computer engineering and a BSc in computer science from Western. Christian is currently Vice-Chair of SickKids Foundation and serves on the Board of Governors of Western and TFS.
Steven Dengler is a Canadian entrepreneur, investor, and business mentor. He is a founder and director of XE. Starting as a bootstrapped business in 1993, XE grew to become the world’s trusted currency authority, used by over 250 million people per year from all around the globe. XE was acquired in 2015 by Euronet Worldwide (NASDAQ: EEFT). He has provided millions of dollars of angel investment to Canadian tech startups such as Wifarer, Bet Smart, MegaCynics, Honk, Perfect, and others.
Steven is a pilot and is currently planning an around-the-world helicopter trip with his father in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. He is a dual Italian/Canadian citizen and a member of Mensa.
Claudia Hepburn has studied, designed, built and led innovative education programs, most recently The Next 36, which she co-founded and ran for its first four years. She is currently a Senior Resident in Entrepreneurship at Massey College, University of Toronto; a director of Kids and Company, Fraser Institute, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, and The Reta Lila Howard Foundation.
In 2013 Ms. Hepburn ranked as one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence for her achievements in the NGO sector. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and has been named in the press as one of Canada’s Ten Most Inspiring Women. Ms. Hepburn has a BA from Amherst College, and an MA and B.Ed from the University of Toronto.
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