Canadian Talent Crucial to US Tech Giants, Says Venture Capitalist Lars Leckie

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

Lars Leckie has a lot of praise for Canadian talent in the technology sector.

A managing director at Hummer Winblad in San Francisco, the prominent venture capitalist says that Canadian influence in tech runs deep.

"I’ve often said in the past that there’s a Canadian on the exec team of every important tech giant, and if you don’t know who it is, you have to look deeper," he writes on peHUB. "These Canadians are CEOs, CFOs and CTOs. They are sitting in board meetings, driving innovative products that are having a global impact—and increasingly, helping fellow Canadian entrepreneurs."

Here are some of the examples Leckie cites:

• Jeff Mallett from Vancouver is the former president and CEO of Yahoo!, and is now one of the owners of the San Francisco Giants;

• Gary Kovacs from Toronto was formerly CEO of Mozilla and is now CEO of AVG Technologies;

• Patrick Pichette from Montreal is senior vice president and CFO of Google and for a time held senior management positions at Bell Canada;

• Clarence So from Toronto is currently executive vice president of strategy at Salesforce;

• Robert Lloyd from Montreal is president of development and sales at Cisco Systems;

• Don Mattrick from Vancouver went on to become CEO of Zynga after holding important positions for Microsoft.

In June, Lars wrote on Techvibes that Vancouver's GROW Conference is "the best conference on the planet for entrepreneurs." He held this viewpoint after the event's fourth run in August, noting that over 1,200 people attended this year, which represents 50% growth from 2012.

Company:
Yahoo! Inc
Website:
http://yahoo.com
Location:
Sunnyvale, California, United States

Founded in 1994 by Stanford Ph.D. students David Filo and Jerry Yang, Yahoo! began as a hobby and has evolved into a leading global brand that has changed the way people communicate with each other, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information. Today, led by an executive team that includes CEO and Chief Yahoo Jerry Yang, President Susan Decker, Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen, and... more

Company:
Zynga
Website:
http://www.zynga.com
Location:
San Francisco, California, United States

Zynga is the world’s largest social game developer. More than 215 million monthly active users play its games. Zynga’s games include FarmVille, Treasure Isle, Zynga Poker, Mafia Wars, YoVille, Café World, FishVille, PetVille and FrontierVille. Zynga games are available on Facebook, MySpace and the iPhone. Through Zynga.org, Zynga players have raised more than $3 million for world social causes. Zynga is... more

Company:
Salesforce.com
Website:
http://www.salesforce.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Salesforce.com is the enterprise cloud computing company that is leading the shift to the Social Enterprise. Our trusted cloud platform and apps—including our flagship CRM solution—help employees collaborate easily and connect with customers like never before. And thanks to the cloud, all of it comes with low cost, low risk, and fast results. Our 100,000+ successful customers tell the story best. more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis or otherwise enjoying the outdoors. more



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