The countdown to the annual GROW Conference is on. The complete schedule is live and attendees can start booking their outdoor activities.
For the last couple years Techvibes has named five people that you should meet at GROW and everyone—including the folks on the list—loved it. So we’re doing it again this year.
Here are five people you should look out for at the GROW Conference in Whistler next week.
1) Sean Silcoff – Business Reporter, The Globe and Mail
When startups ask for media pitching advice I always tell them to aim high. And you can’t get much higher than the Globe and Mail in Canada. Look out for Silcoff before or after he interviews Roger Hardy of Shoes.com. Silcoff recently published Losing the Signal: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Blackberry.
2) Harley Finkelstein – Chief Platform Officer, Shopify
Canadian tech darling Shopify is sponsoring GROW’s Under the Radar showcase and Finkelstein will be a judge for the pitch competition. Freshly IPO-ed Shopify has had a market cap north of $3 Billion and Finkelstein, along with Founder Tobias Lütke, have been riding this unicorn.
3) Tom Williams – Founder, BetterCompany
Hired by Apple at the ripe old age of 15, Williams went on to be a VC for Mike Milken & Larry Ellison’s fund at 20. Now Founder at BetterCompany, Williams recently raised $7 million for his social platform centered around employees’ work day and is an active angel investor.
4) Matt Switzer – VP Partnerships and Corporate Development, Hootsuite
Switzer leads Product Innovation, M&A, Strategic Alliances & Financings at Hootsuite and in the last 4 years he has built and launched 4 new products, acquired 8 companies and raised over $200 million. Hootsuite CEO Ryan Holmes recently told The Globe and Mail he’d like to take the company public, so you’ll want to introduce yourself before Switzer gets even busier.
5) Stewart Butterfield – Co-founder & CEO, Slack
Slack is the world’s fastest startup to reach a $2 Billlion valuation. Butterfield is a home grown Vancouverite and will be interviewed by fellow Canadian, and Shyp CEO, Kevin Gibbon at the end of day two. The “Founder to Founder” interview promises to be worth waiting for as Butterfield is refreshingly honest and down-to-earth for someone on a rocketship.