Startup Grind Ottawa Hosts Michael Weider (VP @ Akamai)



Michael Weider, VP @ Akamai

Join us for a fireside chat with Ottawa-based Software Entrepreneur and Angel Investor, Michael Weider.


Michael was the CEO and co-founder of Blaze Software acquired by Akamai in 2012 and the Founder of Watchfire, acquired by IBM in 2007. He currently sits on the board of four startups, advises two venture funds and is active as an angel investor. Michael is also a board member of the Youth Services Bureau Charitable foundation of Ottawa. Michael holds a B.S. in engineering from Queens University.



6:00 Networking 
7:00 Fireside Chat
9:00 Event End


Hosted By Cheryl Draper, Director of Startup Grind Ottawa

Cheryl has been living the startup life since 2008 when she co-founded Boxseat Suite Management. She has spent more than a decade in Events, Marketing & Partnership Activation and currently, is the Lead Organizer for Startup Weekend Ottawa, Curator at StartupDigest & StartupGenome and is leading a Startup Communities initiative for Ottawa - I guess you could say she cares a lot about the startup ecosystem in Ottawa.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @cheryldraper

Hosted By Franco Varriano, Director of Startup Grind Ottawa

Franco's been an entrepreneur since the age of 11. After working overseas during university, he returned to work in the NGO, public and private sectors building web and mobile programs. He's been actively involved in helping and organizing various Ottawa events to make the city a better place.  He's currently leading community and growth with, a startup seeking to change the way people produce and consume helpful content.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @francovarriano


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Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 40 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.


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  • Jean-Yves M.

    Hey I'm totally coming I'm just stuck in construction traffic

    August 20, 2013

  • Cheryl D.

    Hi folks, please remember to purchase your ticket on the eventbrite page to gain access to the event. RSVPing here on does not hold a spot for you and we won't have tickets for sale at the door. Here is the link to buy your ticket:

    August 19, 2013

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    A former member


    I am a software developer in Kanata. Currently, I am part of a very early stage robotics startup.

    August 14, 2013

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