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Are you a hustler and need a hacker to help you build your startup? Do you want to learn how to approach local developers to join your company?
There is no doubt that the talent war is here. Tech talent isn't easy to find and good developers are even more scarce. With tech giants opening local offices, the competition for your technology co-founder just became 10 times harder.
In this 2 hour workshop you will roll up your sleeves and learn how to talk to developers and convince them to work with you. Jonathan Bixby will to share his experience snatching the best minds in tech to join his companies. He will also share some of the secrets of building BC's best company to work for five years in a row. If you want to attract and keep great technology talent then this workshop is for you.
Jonathan is the Executive Director of GrowLab, a Vancouver-based startup accelerator that helps entrepreneurs build great companies through seed funding, mentorship, collaborative workspace and 3 months of intensive programming. GrowLab brings together the best and brightest entrepreneurs from the world and connect them with our global network of top tier investors, mentors and partners. To date, GrowLab has invested in 23 companies and they have raised over 7 million dollars in funding
Jonathan Bixby was the CEO and a co-founder of Strangeloop Networks, creator of the first network appliance and cloud service for accelerating dynamic web applications. The Strangeloop Site Optimizer dramatically increases the performance of revenue generating websites, allowing for faster page loads, higher conversion and revenue.
Under Jonathan's leadership, Strangeloop raised over $21M in financing, including a Series A round of $11.5 million, one of the largest rounds of private Series A financing for a technology start-up in Canadian history. Strangeloop was selected as the Best Employer in British Columbia for a record five straight years (2008 to 2013).
In February 2013 Strangeloop was acquired by Radware (RDWR).
A serial entrepreneur, Jonathan has a wealth of experience in starting and leading technology companies. Prior to forming Strangeloop, Jonathan co-founded IronPoint Technology, the largest content management company in the country. As chairman of the board, Jonathan led IronPoint from start-up to successful acquisition by The Active Network (ACTV) in 30 months.
Jonathan sat on the board of the Vancouver Enterprise Forum and the final jury for the New Ventures BC competition. He is a Business in Vancouver Top 40 Under 40 award recipient.