Embracing Venture Capital to Build Great Companies

Embracing Venture Capital to Build Great Companies




Kirk Simpson
Wave HQ | CEO & Co-Founder 

Kirk Simpson is a proud Canadian, husband, father of three, and a serial entrepreneur. In 2010, Kirk co-founded Wave, and has since guided the company to 400,000 active small businesses registered, 260+ people on the Wave team, and over $100 million in funding raised from investors around the world.

Kirk also acts as a Mentor at The Next 36. Kirk holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Guelph University.

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Daniel Debow
Shopify | VP, Partnerships & Corporate Development

Daniel is currently VP, Partnerships and Corp Dev at Shopify. Before that he was Co-founder at Helpful, which brings consumer experience to mobile enterprise.

Daniel was formerly an SVP at Salesforce.com, where he drove marketing for Salesforce Work.com.  Prior to joining Salesforce, Daniel was co-founder and co-CEO of Rypple, a social performance management platform acquired by Salesforce in 2012. Prior to Rypple, Daniel was on the founding team of Workbrain, which provided workforce management solutions to Wal-Mart, Citibank, and other large enterprises.

Daniel is a contributor to Fortune.com and the Huffington Post. He’s been widely quoted in Wired, the Financial Times, the Economist and Bloomberg Businessweek. Daniel holds a JD/MBA from the University of Toronto and an LLM in Law, Science and Technology from Stanford University.

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