Return of the Heavyweight Entrepreneurs, Part III: Rypple

Posted by Suzie Dingwall Williams

For the last 1 - 2 years our firm has been seeing lots of heavyweights return to the market. When I refer to "heavyweights", I'm referring to entrepreneurs who previously led start-ups that had stupendous, home-run sized exits. You'll see some of them mentioned in Part I and II of this series, and it's time to add our clients Rypple to the talley.

Dan Debow and David Stein were part of the Workbrain founding core. In the last 18 months, they have managed to put together a great team, a great beta, build buzz, and attract money from Edgestone and high net worth individuals that include the founder of PayPal, Office Tiger, among others.

You can read more about them at their web site. Why should you monitor their progress? Because repeat founders with a huge return to investors on their resume are an important attraction of outside capital to Ontario - they're a must-have building block for the rest of us. Go team!

Company:
EdgeStone Capital Partners
Website:
http://www.edgestone.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

EdgeStone Capital Partners is one of Canada's leading private equity firms with in excess of $2.5 billion of funds committed to date from institutional and high-net-worth clients. EdgeStone provides capital, strategic direction and business and financial advice to help promising mid-market and early-stage companies achieve their full potential. EdgeStone leverages the resources of its broad business network and... more

Company:
Rypple
Website:
http://www.rypple.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Long before Rypple, we started a software company called Workbrain. Workbrain helped huge companies schedule and pay people. Within a few years, we grew to over 650 people. Like every big company, we set up a "Performance Management" program. We thought that formal reviews would help us manage people and the business. They did. Sort of. Our process helped the company but not our people. It calculated bonuses and... more


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Suzie Dingwall Williams

Suzie Dingwall Williams

Suzie is a partner with Venture Law Associates LLP in Toronto, Canada, a boutique law firm representing entrepreneurs and emerging companies. Admitted to the New York and Ontario bars, Suzie has worked on Wall Street and Bay Street and at Nortel Networks. Suzie's start up stripes were earned as part of the founding team of Saraide.com, a wireless data startup that was sold to Infospace for $470... more



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