We have an operator’s outlook

We have put together a team with a proven track record of building companies. We have the commitment and skill to help accelerate your company’s liftoff. Take a look.  

 
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BRUCE CROXON

"My heros have always been entrepreneurs. I am one myself and I'm dedicated to helping to build the next generation of Canadian technology companies."

HOW I HELP:
i'm a hands on direct marketer and my passion is organizational development.

Bruce (@bruce_croxon) spent the first half of his career as a hands-on operator, piloting Lavalife from infancy through to its sale in 2004 for $176 million.

Bruce has turned his attention to addressing the market opportunity created by the lack of funding available to growth stage digital companies in Canada. To that end, he co-founded Round 13 Capital and is looking forward to putting his operational and marketing expertise to work as a technology investor.

And, oh yeah, he’s a former dragon from CBC’s Dragons’ Den. 

 

 

 
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JOHN ECKERT

"I've been an active Canadian technology  investor for 25 years. Every day I get suprised by the quality of entrepreneurs that walk in the door at Round13."

How I help: 
I've helped over 70 Canadian companies. I help our teams avoid the mistakes I've seen be made over 25 years

John is passionate about mentoring great entrepreneurs. Investing for over 20 years, he first provided the initial funding to Softimage, the world-leading 3D animation and first ever public company bought by Microsoft. In 1994, John co-founded McLean Watson Capital, one of the most successful technology investors in Canada. Start-up funding was provided to FloNetwork (sold to Doubleclick) and Fortiva (sold to Proofpoint). McLean Watson was also the majority investor in i4i, and driving force behind its patent infringement victory against Microsoft. Through its investment in Lavalife, John met Bruce which eventually led to their co-founding of Round13 Capital.

John held senior positions in M&A and public financing with Wood Gundy. He is a past President and Chair of the Canadian Venture Capital Association and for several years, a judge of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. 

 

 

 

SCOTT PELTON

" As an engineer I love technology! I have a deep appreciation for all things tech and I'm jazzed about this being the most rapid period of change since the mid 90's."

How I help: 
My value add is technology, it's development and place in the competitive landscape. I have also been an investor for 15 years. Experience counts .

Scott Pelton (aka @spelton) has been a Canadian-based venture capitalist since July 2000. Before six years with GrowthWorks Capital, Scott was a founding partner at Scotiabank’s e-commerce VC group, e-Scotia Acquisition, later renamed Scotiabank Private Equity Investments.  Scott has also worked with the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF), most recently as an Interim Investment Director and previously a member of the fund’s investment committee.

Scott spent the 1990s going to school (Computer Engineering and Management at McMaster University), working with startups (Pandesic, Roadware) and large firms (P&G, Intel, SAP) in various tech roles.

Notable investments include Verold (sold to Box), BumpTop (sold to Google), Datawire (sold to First Data) and Sysomos (sold to Marketwire).

 

 

CRAIG STRONG

"I've been a strategist, a consultant and have run and exited my own start up. My passion is working with our CEO"s to scale world class Canadian companies."

HOW I HELP: 
I'm hands on. I make it a point to understand all of our investees priorities and challenges so my time spent working with you is as productive as possible.

Craig’s main interest is helping entrepreneurs to build powerful sales & marketing machines. He was the co-founder and CEO of Fitzii, an online recruiting company that uses a predictive algorithm to match candidates to employers (sold to the Ian Martin Group).

Craig worked at Deloitte – initially as a Marketing Director and later as a strategy consultant in the Enterprise Risk practice. Before that, Craig co-founded and led Ethos, the corporate responsibility practice of JWT – the world’s fourth-biggest ad agency.

Craig has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto. He was on the Advisory Board of AutoShare (sold to Enterprise) and, until recently, was on the Board at Evergreen.

 

 

 

VANEH KESHISHIAN

"They call me the glue. My job is to make sure Round13 is firing on all cylinders ." 

how I help:
contact me if you want to rent some space with us, schedule a meeting, or cut through the noise. 

Vaneh is the Office Manager at Round13. She makes sure everything gets done right. Vaneh spent ten years overseeing the financial reporting, customer experience and employee management of a high-end boutique, and so she brings to R13 a wide range of skills and a sharp eye to detail. If you have any questions about R13, Vaneh is a good place to start.