Chief Executive Officer
Intense, boisterous, imaginative. Brendan King, co-founder and CEO of Vendasta Technologies, is the innovative force of the company. Responsible for providing the vision, thought leadership and business strategy, it is Brendan’s ability to focus on the big picture while maintaining quality on the finest details that facilitates Vendasta’s success. Prior to co-founding Vendasta, Brendan proved his worth through many business ventures, including founding two other successful companies, one of which was nationally franchised. He also provided the entrepreneurial force behind Point2 Agent, a real estate software, where he grew its membership to over 165,000 agents and brokers in 85 countries. Brendan and Vendasta are almost synonymous. Both are governed by four core values: drive, innovation, respect and agility. Brendan is extremely passionate about upholding these core values while leading Vendasta down a path of innovation to become the number one provider of essential brand management products.
Amy Rae is a principal at Vanedge Capital. She is the former vice president and general manager of mobile and social commerce with Ziplocal (USA), where she was responsible for the development of their local search apps and new digital product rollout. Prior to that, she held the position of director of business development at Canpages after they acquired Ziplocal Canada. In this capacity at both companies, she leveraged her deal-making and relationship-building skills to attract and broker new partnerships to enhance their online local search businesses.
Amy’s previous venture capital experience was as an associate with JLA Venture Partners (co-managing partner of the Blackberry Partners Fund), where she provided due diligence and investment candidate screening that eventually led to the financing deal that saw the formation of ZipLocal in August 2006. Prior to joining JLA, she was an analyst with Latitude Partners, a private equity and strategic advisory firm focused on the technology sector. Amy holds a BComm with a finance specialization.
Robert Simon joined BDC Capital in 2011 as senior managing partner in the IT Venture Fund. He is responsible for overseeing the IT Venture Fund investments and maximizing value creation across the portfolio.
Robert brings over 25 years of experience as a successful serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist in the field of information technology. He began his career as co-founder of T/Maker Graphics, a developer of Macintosh and IBM PC graphics and desktop publishing products. After founding and co-funding other high-tech businesses, in 1997, he moved into venture capital as a partner with Sierra Ventures, where he identified, sourced and evaluated business opportunities in the internet e-commerce and enterprise software sectors. During this time, he also founded DotBank, a direct competitor to PayPal, where he negotiated partnerships and its sale to Yahoo. In 2000, Robert became general partner with Alta Partners, with an investment focus in Internet infrastructure, enterprise software, network security and wireless. More recently, he has been the managing director/venture partner with Saints Dakota/Saints Capital, a portfolio of companies purchased from Safeguard Scientifics. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.
Dan Baldwin is a corporate director. He also serves on the board of directors of StorageVault Canada Inc. and Hospitality Network Canada (2011) Inc., and is an advisor to the board of directors of Solido Design Inc. From 1994 to 2005, he served as senior vice president of business development at Saskatchewan Telecommunications, Inc. In this position, Baldwin played a major role in corporate strategy, planning, marketing and product and business development.
From 1984 to 1994, Baldwin held various roles with Saskatchewan Department of Finance, Treasury and Debt Division, culminating in the position of executive director of treasury operations. Here he played a key role in world-wide capital market transactions and the maintenance and development of the province’s banking syndicates and relationships around the world. Baldwin holds a law degree from the University of Saskatchewan and was admitted to the bar of Saskatchewan in 1976.
V. Paul Lee is the Managing Partner of Vanedge Capital. As the former President of Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA), the global leader in interactive software, he was responsible for its Worldwide Studios group. EA had fiscal 2008 revenues of US $3.67 billion. He managed more than 6,000 employees and US$1 billion in annual capital and operating expenses in the development studios making it the largest entertainment studio in the world. Lee joined EA in 1991 when EA acquired Distinctive Software, Inc. (DSI), a leading independent videogame developer where he was an executive and part owner.
In 1996 Lee was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Lee was awarded the British Columbia Technology Industries Association Person of the Year Award in 2002. Lee has also received numerous awards for his community service including the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for significant contribution in the form of public service in 2003. In 2005 he was recognized as an Honorary Fellow of the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. Lee has served as Chair of the British Columbia Technology Industries Association from 1998 to 2001. Lee currently serves as a member of the Premier’s Technology Council and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Sauder School of Business at UBC. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of DigiBC and is one of Canada’s representatives to Asia Pacific Economic Council’s Business Advisory Council.
Lee has been an active and successful investor for over 20 years, starting with DSI’s sale to EA in 1991. He was an investor A.L.I. Technologies, a digital radiology information systems company, until it was purchased by McKesson in 2002; and in leading strategic interactive marketing agency Blast Radius until its sale to WPP Group. Lee was also an investor in ActiveState, a spam-management and open-source software company, which was sold to Sophos in 2003 and in Bycast, an enterprise cloud storage provider until its sale to NetApp in 2010. Lee remains active as an angel investor and Director in Pacific Bio-Energy, the leading manufacturer of wood pellet biomass fuel; and D-Wave Systems, developer of the first commercial quantum computer of which he is also Chair.