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Startup Grind Vancouver Hosts Jeff Booth (BuildDirect)


Jeff Booth, BuildDirect

Using Analytics to Grow Your Business                       Learn how Jeff Booth used analytics to grow BuildDirect to the thriving technology company it is today.  

  • Booth was a builder before founding the Vancouver-based company stared into the tangled mess that was the building materials supply chain and knew it had to change. But Booth’s answer, BuildDirect, which he co-founded with financial consultant Rob Banks, was no overnight success. Today, after a surviving the dot-com crisis, the US housing crisis, and years of financial uncertainty following the collapse of the worldwide financial markets in 2008, BuildDirect is on the verge of becoming a household name, and is a leading light in a thriving Vancouver technology scene. Although they have a data architecture model, a customer service engine, it is truly a technology company, and a pretty disruptive business. With $20.6 million raised in less than half a year, BuildDirect was one of 2012's most-funded Canadian technology companies.
    Join us on Jan. 23rd to learn how Jeff and Rob to learn about their journey from solving a problem, to more than triple digit growth in record time. As well as:  
  • Creating a disruptive business in a stagnant industry
  • Surviving business crisis and near failure
  • Using Big Data and Nate Silver's book recently named Amazon's #1 Best Book of the Year for 2012 “The Signal and the Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t.”
  • How they are reaching their goal of becoming a billion dollar business in the next year.
    Once again we are happy to feature Zone Vancouver as our venue sponsor for November's event. Zone Vancouver is a stylish new venue for meetings, workshops and private events in Gastown. Modern, versatile event space where ideas can flourish, creativity can emerge and connections can be made. Privatis will also be returning as our official alcohol and drinks sponsor for the event. Privatis provides privacy tools that protect users of online classified ad sites and marketplaces from harassment by telemarketers and fraudsters while facilitating seamless communications by phone, SMS and email.




6:30 Networking and Food
7:30 Fireside Chat
8:30 Networking


Hosted By Cheryl Mack, Vancouver Chapter Director

Cheryl Mack recently graduated from Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia with a business degree in Marketing. In 2009 she founded a hiking and walking tours business, Bowen Tours, a venture that subsequently failed. She has spent the last 2 years working with companies like Microsoft and Blackberry to develop innovative and high-tech marketing projects, and currently working on her 3rd startup (which has yet to have a name). She's also an avid front-end designer for many small business websites and lives in Vancouver, BC.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @cmack4life

Hosted By Cheryl Draper, Ottawa Chapter Director

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. She was a founding member of Startup Weekend Ottawa & as well as a Curator at StartupDigest & StartupGenome. She is currently the Community Manager at Invoke Labs and calls Vancouver, Canada home. When she is not herding cats, she likes to drink tea, spend time with family & friends and travel.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @@cheryldraper


Local Partners

Zone Vancouver
Zone Vancouver is a stylish new venue for meetings, workshops and private events in Gastown. Modern, versatile event space where ideas can flourish, creativity can emerge and connections can be made. Zone Vancouver is available for booking as of September 2013 and is suitable for networking events, meetings, private celebrations, launches, workshops, pop up galleries, retail events and other soirées.

Privatis provides privacy tools that protect users of online classified ad sites and marketplaces from harassment by telemarketers and fraudsters while facilitating seamless communications by phone, SMS and email.


Upcoming events you should attend!

New York City hosts Gary Vaynerchuk VaynerMedia, Angel Investor 22nd of January 2014

Silicon Valley hosts 3rd of February 2014

Seattle hosts Matt Ehrlichman, CEO 24th of February 2014

Toronto hosts Robert Scoble Age of Context 26th of February 2014

Toronto hosts Annelies Van Den Belt DC Thomson Family History 24th of April 2014


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 or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I clicked the link to pay with Evenbright, but I get a message that the event is not listed. Next steps?

    January 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      That seems to work just fine, I haven't paid yet because I am not 100% I can attend, but at least I am getting the options.

      January 7, 2014

    • Nathan S.

      Tried the link this morning and wasn't working and now it says tickets sales have ended?

      January 20, 2014

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