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Chris Eben

Partner at The Working Group, investor, entrepreneur, Startup Weekend Toronto guy

“The most innovative things that happen are being driven by startups and entrepreneurs with strong visions."

Chris Eben’s stellar reputation within the Toronto tech scene is well deserved. As a mentor, investor and tech event organizer, and as Partner at The Working Group, he is a tireless advocate for all things entrepreneurial.

Chris brings to the table more than 15 years of product management experience across web and mobile. He’s worked for startups and with large organisations, including Longview Solutions and Actuate Corporation, and has helped to build teams in Silicon Valley, London and his hometown of Toronto. At TWG, he leads a growing a team that works with innovators in both the startup and traditional business worlds to design and deliver success through software every day.

Chris is deeply involved in tech and startup communities of Toronto and throughout North America. Helping to bring Startup Weekend to Canada, Chris acts as the organizer for Startup Weekend Toronto and is a co-organizer of Lean Coffee Toronto and #nerdlearn. Chris and TWG partner with Canada’s leading startup accelerators in Extreme Startups, FounderFuel and Jolt, helping to mentor and support the startups accepted into these programs. TWG also actively supports and contributes to other local initiatives such as TEDxToronto, Mobile Monday, Lean Startup Machine and many more.

Chris is a founding partner of PostageApp, the easiest way to send email from web apps, and an investor in a growing list of startups that includes ShopLocket, Front Porch Forum, Rocketr, OMX, Talem Health Solutions and Greengage Mobile. He holds his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
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How to Think Like an 'Innovator'

Within our team we spend a lot of time talking about the concept of the 'willing innovator'. At a time where practically every industry needs software, it helps us think about the people we want to partner with -- those who align with our culture and view of the world. To us, this isn't necessarily about having been innovative in the past.
11/07/2013 05:27 EST

Startup Weekend: No Talk, All Action

I got involved with Startup Weekend four years ago because I firmly believe that entrepreneurship is the most powerful way to build a strong, sustainable, innovation­-based economy. Having seen Startup Weekend grow and flourish in Toronto over the last four years, I have no doubt that we will see a game changing education project come out of this local entrepreneurial community.
08/16/2013 05:21 EDT