#HIGHLINEtalks is about supercharging your Tuesday and Thursday afternoons with a themed talk, entrepreneurial minds, and lots of free coffee. Come to HIGHLINE for a dose of inspiration and return to your work refreshed and ready for some more hustle.
Chris Eben, Managing Partner of The Working Group, will be sharing the story of his entrepreneurial journey and how he has helped to grow The Working Group.
HIGHLINE is a VC-backed founder driven co-venture platform that helps early stage digital startups supercharge growth and raise institutional capital. It is relentlessly focused on giving founders “Speed to Seed” through specialized accelerator programs, timely staged investing (up to $200K) and rapid connectivity in key global markets starting with Vancouver, Toronto, New York City and San Francisco. It creates acceleration products and programs for founders close to product-market fit with global ambition to scale. It is powered by the financial backing of major Canadian VCs, including BDC Capital and Relay Ventures, whose funds under management collectively exceed $2 billion.
Chris Eben is Managing Partner of The Working Group, one of North America’s leading software design and development agencies.
As a mentor, investor and community event organizer, Chris is a tireless advocate for all things entrepreneurial. He helped to bring Startup Weekend to Canada, running some of the biggest events among the global Startup Weekend community, and organizes the Toronto chapter of global pre-accelerator program Startup Next.
Chris joined The Working Group after 15 years in the Enterprise Software Market, focused on Business Intelligence, Analytics and Performance Management. He has worked with both startups and large organizations, and held roles in product management and client services – most recently as Director of Product Management at Actuate Corporation.
Born and raised in Toronto, Chris called San Francisco home for over two years. There, he lived through the rise and fall of the first Internet bubble, before moving to London to establish his company’s operations in Europe. He completed his MBA at Kellogg and returned to Toronto, joining The Working Group as Managing Partner in 2011.
At The Working Group he leads a growing team that partners with leading brands and exciting startups to design and build market-defining software products. He is an investor in a growing list of startups through TWG Acceleration Partners, including Nudge Rewards, Organics Live and ShopLocket.
Follow Chris on Twitter: @ceben
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