Mentor profile: Stephen Smith of Webnames.ca
1) Who are you? Give us your 100-word elevator pitch.
I have over twenty years of experience working in information technology. While at the UBC UILO in 2000 I worked on the transfer of the .ca internet domain registry to CIRA and as part of that project I founded Webnames.ca where I serve as CEO. I also founded Flintbox in 2003 – an innovation database used by over 100 universities around the world to disseminate early stage research results. Flintbox was acquired by Wellspring Worldwide in 2010.
I was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for Information Technology in the Pacific Region and I was also a recipient of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 Award for Outstanding Achievement (2005). I also serve on the Board of Tasktop Technologies.
2) How long have you been a New Ventures BC mentor/judge?
3) Why did you get involved with New Ventures BC as a mentor/judge?
I was asked by my good friend Bob de Wit.
4) Many companies enter the competition but not all can be recognized in the Top 10. Outside of the Top 10, what has been your favorite company in the competition?
Tasktop – they are a very good company that continues to do things right.
5) Of all the companies that have passed through the competition, which one most impressed you?