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Mark Ruddock, Wonga (Canada)
Join us for a fireside chat with Toronto-based a serial entrepreneur Mark Ruddock. Mark has had two successful exits and over 15 years of experience at the helm of VC backed technology startups. He founded companies and has come in as an early stage CEO to help existing founders fund and grow their business. Currently, he's the CEO of Wonga (Canada). Wonga's mission is to provide a genuine alternative to slow, rigid and long-term sources of credit and they're committed to doing this responsibly. In December 2010, he joined StatusNet as interim CEO. The company was named one of the 10 Canadian Cloud companies to watch in May 2011 by IDC. Prior to that he was CEO of the fast rising mobile software company, Viigo, which was acquired in March 2010 by BlackBerry (then Research In Motion). Before Viigo, he was the Entrepreneur in Residence at Ventures West.
6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
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 Accel.io, a startup seeking to change the way people produce and consume helpful content.
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What is Startup Grind?
Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 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 StartupGrind.com or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.