Joining FreshBooks

When I entered the startup World in the late 90s I set a goal for myself to become a VC in ten years. It took me eleven, but in late 2010 I achieved that goal joining Real Ventures.

I’ve had a great run at Real. We have been Canada’s most active seed venture fund with almost forty venture investments.  We have invested in some great teams and already have breakout hyper-growth companies including Frank & Oak and Cinemagram. Finally, we have already had four positive exits. All good.

But as I looked back and reflected on things over the end of year holidays, I found myself missing operating inside companies. I’ve been fortunate and privileged to be part of the Real team and to work with so many great entrepreneurs. But it was time for me to hunker down and focus on just one company as a full time team member.

So, I am pleased to announce that I am joining FreshBooks, a company that needs no introduction, especially to the Canadian startup community. I have been close to this company for a number of years and have watched it grow. It is a truly special company. And even though it’s been around for a while, it’s just getting started.

I will be leading business & corporate development at FreshBooks, helping build a portfolio of relationships that will propel our growth.

I will continue to be involved as a Venture Partner at Real. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my partners Alan, JS and John, and the team members for a great 2+ years as a VC. Real has done some great things. And, like FreshBooks, it too is just getting started.