Grant is the founder of Locationary and in his day-to-day role as CEO, Grant provides oversight and direction over all of Locationary's operations. An experienced technologist and systems designer, Grant also guides the design of Locationary's products and technology systems. Prior to Locationary, Grant co-founded and launched CanadianHotelGuide.com, Canada's leading independent SEO/SEM marketer of hotel inventory, and later Moola.com, an online gameshow entertainment experience with over 450,000 registered members. Before setting out online, Grant practiced technology and corporate law focusing on advising corporations and individuals in the technology industry on a wide range of matters and commercial transactions involving the Internet, hardware, software, and intellectual property.
As COO, Dan heads up Locationary's business operations, working closely with Grant our Founder & CEO. His focus is to align the Company's resources, internally and externally, with our strategic vision. Dan also drives corporate, business and partnership development, sales, marketing, finance and HR. He plays a key role in guiding the team to achieve our primary business goals and objectives. Dan has a passion for cultivating and growing a loyal and responsible culture, and for building and inspiring world class, high performance teams that rally around a common shared vision and goals.
Dan joins Locationary from Google and brings 20+ years of leadership success and experience as both an entrepreneur and corporate executive in the Web, Mobile and Technology industry sectors. Previously, Dan was CEO of SocialDeck Inc., a Toronto based mobile social game platform provider which was acquired by Google in 2010. Before that, Dan was CEO, President and Board Director of NeoEdge Inc., a San Francisco and Toronto based premium video ad network for casual and social games which Dan successfully merged with a San Francisco based social game studio in 2009. Prior to NeoEdge, he was VP, Strategy and Business Development at AOL, where he created strong profitable partnerships across many industry verticals, and led the start-up of AOL's Telecom & Mobile Entertainment businesses as VP/General Manager. Prior to AOL, Dan was SVP Business Development for Quack.com, which was acquired by AOL in 2000. He has also held executive management positions
at Bay Networks (acquired by Nortel in 1999) and IBM. Dan is a graduate of the Schulich School of Business and York University in Toronto, Canada.
As Director of Product and Project Management (and resident Scrum Master), Kenneth synthesizes Locationary ideas and strategies, and pushes them forward into fruition.
Before joining Locationary, he led teams to integrate mortgage settlement and data analytics systems for large financial institutions at Brookfield RPS, redefined development processes at Famous Players (Cineplex), and was a senior consultant at Royal Bank, Toronto Catholic District School Board and Baxter Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, he spearheaded development of Compaq Australia's corporate website, and also enjoyed positions at Microsoft Australia and Canon Information System Research Australia.
Kenneth is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Professional Engineer (P.Eng.). He holds a Masters of Engineering Science (Electrical) and Bachelor of Engineering (Computer) from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Amar Varma has over 12 years of experience in the technology and investment arenas. Before joining Extreme Venture Partners, Amar was a Director at VenGrowth Capital Partners where he focused on investments in the technology sector. Prior to that, Amar worked at a number of public and private technology companies in both Canada and the US including Jetstream Communications Inc., Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, ATi Technologies Inc. and Newbridge Networks Corp. Amar has a Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute sponsored by the NVCA.
Rob Richards is a managing partner at Plazacorp Ventures, a Toronto-based advisory practice focused on helping emerging technology companies, particularly mobile internet and location-based services, to implement growth initiatives. These include financing, capital markets strategies, business strategies, management augmentation and corporate governance. Rob sits on the boards of three investee companies, has a decade of experience at Nortel Networks, and has co-founded several companies in advanced technology, including running an internet SaaS company through NASDAQ IPO. Rob has a Physics degree from the University of Waterloo.
An expert in software development and bringing new technologies to market, Jeff is currently Chief Technology Officer at Storage Appliance Corporation. With over 15 years of proven programming, architecture, systems integration, and technology management experience, he brings to the table an in-depth understanding of software development and the unique challenges in building teams and making new technologies successful in the start-up world. Jeff speaks English, French, and Mandarin Chinese and serves on the advisory boards of a number of technology companies.
Based in Zurich, Switzerland, Nick Heller is responsible for New Business Development across EMEA at Google, and is focused on new product incubation and exploratory efforts in technology, meta-data licensing, strategic partnerships, special projects, and alternative distribution for existing and new business initiatives. He was formally leading the Media & Publishing team at Google in the European Strategic Partnerships group. Earlier this year, the Global Telecoms Business publication selected Nick as one of the top-40-under-40 in the industry. He has a background in media and banking, and as an entrepreneur. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from the University of Cambridge.
Jesse A. Kaplan is currently a partner with Plazacorp Ventures in Toronto. Previously he was senior analyst at Harborview Advisors LLC, and also worked at Palladium Capital Advisors, LLC, where he focused on raising capital for companies in the micro-cap space.
Jesse is a director of Rocpart Inc., Seek Capital Ltd, Skyberry Capital Corp. (SKR.P-TSXV) and China Opportunity Inc (COC-TSXV). He is also a founder and director of Odem Electrical Billing Services,and was the Vice President and Secretary of Goldbard Capital Corporation. Jesse holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and has completed the Canadian Securities Course and the Chartered Financial Analyst program.
Ray Sharma is a veteran of the mobile technology sector. Mr. Sharma's industry accomplishments include: #1 ranked wireless technology analyst based on Greenwich and Brendan Woods International surveys of fund managers for five of eight eligible years; visionary research on the mobile device representing the next evolutionary wave of computing; leading the most successful tech IPO in Canadian capital markets history; one of the World's first BlackBerry users. Mr. Sharma is considered a leading authority in the current evolution of the mobile application layer.
Previously Mr. Sharma spent over 11 years in technology investment banking research including positions at the CSFB Technology Group, BMO Nesbitt Burns, and most recently GMP Capital Trust. Mr. Sharma has a Degree in Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Scott Taylor has over 20 years of experience creating and selling information solutions with a distinct focus on location data. He is Managing Director of InfoCommerce Group a boutique consulting firm where he helps clients understand and leverage the business benefits of master data management solutions.
Mr. Taylor spent fourteen years at Nielsen (formerly VNU) where he led the creation and execution of the TDLinx business. TDLinx became the defacto standard for location information management, customer master coding, data integration, and seamless communications for consumer packaged goods manufacturers, beverage alcohol suppliers and the marketing, merchandising and promotional services companies that serve them.
Prior to TDLinx, he worked at Progressive Grocer magazine and at a variety of in-store media start-ups including VideOcart (the first computer on a shopping cart).
He is a regular participant and speaker at industry conferences, seminars and user groups focusing on data integration, master data management, CDI and retail consolidation. He recently began speaking on ways to increase sales effectiveness through a session called Selling IS Everything.
Mr. Lax co-founded Skypoint Capital Corporation in 1998 and has been the company's CEO since its inception.
Skypoint manages an early stage Venture fund, with over $150M invested in two funds. While at Skypoint,
Leo sourced most of the investments, and actively managed the portfolio. He was a member of the board of
directors of over 18 privately held companies, and Chairman of the Board for most of them. He is also co-founded Naavon
Capital, an angel fund investing in Social Media and ICT opportunities. Prior to launching Skypoint, Leo established and
managed Newbridge Network Corporation's Affiliates Program where he was instrumental in assisting entrepreneurs in the
launching of over sixteen Newbridge affiliates. During his career, Leo has been involved in seeding many companies,
mentoring entrepreneurs in growing their companies and leading M&A activities in North America and internationally.
Leo is Chairman of TransGaming Inc., Chair of Sector Advisor Board for ICT at Ontario Centers of Excellence,
and Board member of a number of other companies. Leo is a past Director of CATA (Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance)
and the CVCA (Canada's Venture Capital & Private Equity Association). He has a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University and Master of Engineering from Royal Military College.