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Backstage Pass, by Front Row Ventures

Backstage Pass, by Front Row Ventures

By Front Row Ventures
So, you’ve grabbed a seat at the Front Row, and now we’re taking you backstage into Canada’s tech ecosystem and its success stories. We asked Canada’s leading investors, founders, and tech minds to share their experiences. From successful Canadians doing business in Canada to expats working abroad, we deep dive into their journey to success and the stories behind it.

Come in close. Brace yourselves for the real stories; because we had the same questions. So we asked them.

This is Backstage Pass, the podcast by Front Row Ventures.
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Francois Arbour: Bootstrapping to a 32M+ acquisition, and the importance of mental health for tech founders (S2.E1.)
Welcome to Season 2 of Backstage Pass! On this episode, we're super happy to have Francois Arbour! Francois is an active entrepreneur, mentor, and angel Investor with over 20 years of experience in technology and marketing. He founded and bootstrapped PremiumBeat to an eventual 32M+ sale to Shutterstock. Since the acquisition, he has led over 50+ investments in early-stage start-ups in Canada and globally. He's back in the game as a founder through Designstripe, a new tech startup. In this episode, we go way beyond the professional, and into the less-talked-about subjects in tech. We'll hear from Francois about mental health, and why it's such an important issue. Front Row Ventures is excited to take you backstage into Canada’s tech ecosystem and its success stories. We asked Canada’s leading investors, founders, and tech minds to share their experiences. From successful Canadians doing business in Canada to expats working abroad, we deep dive into their journey to success and the stories behind it. Come in close. Brace yourselves for the real stories; because we had the same questions. So we asked them.
01:21:16
December 17, 2021
Iain Klugman: Building Communitech, Canada’s leading tech hub (S1.E8)
Iain Klugman was the President and CEO of Communitech for the past 17 years. He grew Communitech into one of North America’s leading tech hubs and into a central node in Ontario’s start-up support system. To this day, Communitech has supported the growth of thousands of technology companies. Last year, he announced that he would be stepping down from his role while assuming a new role: Executive Advisor to the CEO. Prior to Communitech, Iain was the CEO of a provincial crown corporation, Executive Director of Communications at CBC, and Director of Global Branding and Advertising for Nortel. He’s held various public-sector positions, and even fought forest fires for 7 years! Iain is one of the most influential people in Canada’s start-up ecosystem. Stay tuned.
01:03:17
July 02, 2021
Leah Lawrence: 20+ years of building Canada's cleantech ecosystem (S1.E7)
Leah Lawrence is the CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). The SDTC is Canada's premier ecosystem builder, established by the Government of Canada to invest in clean technology companies across various sectors and stages (from seed to scale-up). Across its funds, the SDTC has deployed over C$1.28B to its 450 portfolio companies. She's been in the cleantech industry for over 20 years. On this episode of Backstage Pass, Leah answers our biggest questions about cleantech. How did the movement start? From where do cleantech entrepreneurs get their ideas? How does investing in cleantech differ from investing in tech? And how will things change in the future?
01:09:12
June 01, 2021
JF Pariseau: Amplifying Canada's healthcare unicorns (S1.E6.)
This week on Backstage Pass, we spoke to Jean-François Pariseau. JF is the founding partner of Amplitude Ventures, one of Canada’s most successful healthcare VC firms. Prior to Amplitude, JF led BDC’s Healthcare team for 17 years, and started 2 companies out of university. In this episode, JF talks about his various investing experiences, insights on the healthcare industry, and successful exits (most recently the 1.3B acquisition of Clementia Pharma). Front Row Ventures is excited to take you backstage into Canada’s tech ecosystem and its success stories. We asked Canada’s leading investors, founders, and tech minds to share their experiences. From successful Canadians doing business in Canada to expats working abroad, we deep dive into their journey to success and the stories behind it. Come in close. Brace yourselves for the real stories; because we had the same questions. So we asked them.
01:15:33
March 18, 2021
Chris Neumann: Building 2 successful exits to narrowing the expertise gap between Silicon Valley and the world (S1.E5.)
Have you ever wondered what makes Silicon Valley such a successful ecosystem? Or why there's so much big data buzz? Chris was the founder of DataHero (acquired by Cloudability), and employee #1 at AsterData (acquired by Teradata for USD$263m). In this episode, we had the opportunity to talk to Chris about his experiences at the forefront of technology—from the inception of big data to Motorola’s attempt at designing the iPhone. Chris also discusses the drivers behind Silicon Valley's success, and how he plans to narrow the expertise gap between Silicon Valley and the rest of the world, starting with Canada, through Commonwealth Ventures. Front Row Ventures is excited to take you backstage into Canada’s tech ecosystem and its success stories. We asked Canada’s leading investors, founders, and tech minds to share their experiences. From successful Canadians doing business in Canada to expats working abroad, we deep dive into their journey to success and the stories behind it. Come in close. Brace yourselves for the real stories; because we had the same questions. So we asked them.
01:23:48
February 23, 2021
Janet Bannister: From joining Ebay, founding Kijiji Canada, to leading a full-stack VC firm at Real Ventures (S1.E4.)
Janet is the Managing Partner of Real Ventures, Canada’s most active seed VC firm. Prior to Real Ventures, Janet founded Kijiji Canada, was an early-stage executive at eBay, and a management consultant at McKinsey and Company. In this episode, we had the opportunity to talk to Janet about her various experiences from growing Kijiji to become the largest classifieds sites in Canada and one of the most visited sites in the country to building a full-stack VC firm at Real Ventures. Front Row Ventures is excited to take you backstage into Canada’s tech ecosystem and its success stories. We asked Canada’s leading investors, founders, and tech minds to share their experiences. From successful Canadians doing business in Canada to expats working abroad, we deep dive into their journey to success and the stories behind it. Come in close. Brace yourselves for the real stories; because we had the same questions. So we asked them.
52:50
January 28, 2021
Matt Chessco: Pursuing your passions, from engineer to artist (S1.E3.)
Matt Chessco is a full-time artist with over 2 million followers on various social platforms. He built his product and his brand by revolutionizing pop art and optimizing it for virtual platforms. Prior to becoming an artist, he was a mechanical engineer and an Investment Associate at Front Row Ventures. In this episode, we explore Matt's career transition from engineer to artist, and his process for creating viral online art. Front Row Ventures is excited to take you backstage into Canada’s tech ecosystem and its success stories. We asked Canada’s leading investors, founders, and tech minds to share their experiences. From successful Canadians doing business in Canada to expats working abroad, we deep dive into their journey to success and the stories behind it. Come in close. Brace yourselves for the real stories; because we had the same questions. So we asked them.
01:07:28
January 10, 2021
Nicolas Synnott: Building the African tech ecosystem, and it's challenges (S1.E2.)
Nicolas Synnott is part of East African Power, a renewable energy development company looking to bring sustainable energy to people across Africa. Previous to EAP, he co-founded Front Row Ventures, and was an integral part of Engineers Without Borders’ investment arm. In this episode, we explore Nicolas’ experience in Africa, and his outlook on various developments there. He also shares practical advice on culture and people. Front Row Ventures is excited to take you backstage into Canada’s tech ecosystem and its success stories. We asked Canada’s leading investors, founders, and tech minds to share their experiences. From successful Canadians doing business in Canada to expats working abroad, we deep dive into their journey to success and the stories behind it. Come in close. Brace yourselves for the real stories; because we had the same questions. So we asked them.
01:20:08
December 18, 2020
Raphael Christian-Roy: Overcoming the challenges of starting a fund, and mountains (S1.E1.)
Raphael Christian-Roy is the co-founder and CEO of Front Row Ventures. He's also a tech investor on Real Ventures' Early-Stage Team. In this episode, we explore Raphael's experience founding Front Row Ventures, Canada's first and largest student-run venture fund. Raphael also shares his self-improvement advice, as well as what he likes to do away from work.  Front Row Ventures is excited to take you backstage into Canada’s tech ecosystem and its success stories. We asked Canada’s leading investors, founders, and tech minds to share their experiences. From successful Canadians doing business in Canada to expats working abroad, we deep dive into their journey to success and the stories behind it. Come in close. Brace yourselves for the real stories; because we had the same questions. So we asked them.
01:16:14
December 01, 2020
Backstage Pass, by Front Row Ventures (Trailer)
Welcome to Backstage Pass, a podcast by Front Row Ventures taking you behind the scenes into Canada's tech ecosystem and its success stories. We're your hosts Raphael Christian-Roy and Tianshi (David) Yuan, and we're super excited to be launching this podcast. We'll be hosting Canada's top investors, founders, and tech minds, and we'll be asking them the questions that matter to you. From successful Canadians doing business in Canada to expats who've gone abroad and created a meaningful impact, we'll deep dive into their journeys to success and reveal the stories behind them. So, if you're like us, and you're wondering how they made it to where they are today. What did they do before? What did they do in college? What makes them successful? Then come in close, grab a seat, and enjoy your time at the Front Row.
01:07
November 27, 2020