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Startup Grind Vancouver Hosts Jeff Booth Build Direct

1/23/2014 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Jeff Booth, Build Direct

Using Analytics to Grow Your BusinessBooth 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 about Jeff and Rob's 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.

AGENDA 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: cmack@startupgrind.com | Twitter: @cmack4life

GLOBAL PARTNERS

Google Cloud

Google Cloud Platform is offering developers $2,000 of credit to start building applications on Google App Engine and Google Compute Engine. App Engine is a full development stack (PaaS), and Compute Engine lets you run workloads on Linux virtual machines (IaaS). Apply to receive credit at cloud.google.com/starterpack and use verification code: sg-org.

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

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.

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