Bring Ruckus x Portage Ventures: Moving from an Operating Role into VC
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About the Event
Jonathan Metrick & Brendan Callaghan work at Portage Ventures, the venture capital arm of investment platform Sagard Holdings. Portage is an early-stage investor in global fintech companies including Albert (USA), Wealthsimple (Canada), Clark (Germany) and has a presence in Toronto, Montreal, New York, Europe and Southeast Asia. During this event we'll discuss what it's like to work in a platform role at a VC firm, the transition from operating roles into venture and advice for those looking to do the same.
About our Speakers:
Jonathan Metrick is the Chief Growth Officer of Portage. Prior to coming onboard, Jonathan was the CMO of Policygenius, America’s leading insuretech marketplace, where he led a division of +40, helped the business scale 10x in revenue, and secure their Series D funding. Previously, Jonathan led marketing at Hult International Business School in London, building out their global marketing teams, and has marketing experience across entertainment (Live Nation), luxury goods (Tiffany & Co) and retail (Diesel). Jonathan began his marketing career at Procter & Gamble in Toronto. He is also the board chair for the Canadian Climate Challenge.
Brendan Callaghan is a Senior Sales Principal at Portage Ventures. There, he is responsible for helping our portfolio companies build their inside sales capabilities and be helping develop/coach sales teams to be more scalable. Before joining Portage, Brendan has had a career working with some of Toronto’s most notable start up’s Honeycomb Worldwide, Varicent Software, Field ID, and Leonardo. Brendan’s last role before joining Portage was as the Global Sales leader for OrangeHRM where he was responsible for all aspects of sales for the company.
Brendan is accustomed to starting a sales team from scratch or taking over an existing team and bringing in process and accountability within the sales organization. He is also a former Co-President of the American Association of Inside Sales Professionals and an admitted Sales Geek.
About our Moderator:
Anish Shah is the CEO & Founder of executive search agency Bring Ruckus. Anish has worked in-house in Growth roles at Snapfish and Getable. He started Bring Ruckus as a Growth consultancy 11 years ago working with 40+ clients, then re-focused his firm on executive recruiting for Growth leaders.