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Launch Talk: Multitasking & Juggling the World Around You as a Startup CEO – Vancouver

2017-07-17 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


CEO – Chief Executive Officer is the highest-ranking person in a company or other institution, ultimately responsible for making managerial decisions. But when it comes to the startup world it’s not quite as easy as that.

There are no fixed rules in startups, so you never know where the journey is going to take you. So how do you prioritize and keep things going without dropping the ball while juggling cash flow, brand management, creating the foundations of your culture, hiring your first employees, setting up a bank account, creating a web site, finding early stage funding, oh, and taking out the trash of course?!

Join serial entrepreneur, Ray Walia in this fireside chat moderated by Annee Ngo – President of Protohack, as Ray shares stories of successes and failures while juggling life as a startup CEO.

We will share insights on:

  • How to build a strong culture from the get go
  • How to create a high performing team while juggling every other part of the business
  • How to adapt from being a founder to a CEO
  • How to maintain a healthy approach to work life balance
  • How to juggle cash flow, product vision, team building, brand management & corporate development without dropping the ball
  • Surviving months of little or no salary while defining your market place

About Ray Walia

Over the past decade, Ray Walia has been an integral part of the movement to make Vancouver Canada’s leading hotspot for innovation and technology. Ray’s impact can be measured in the numerous businesses he has personally founded, the startups he has funded, the volume entrepreneurs he has mentored, and the countless events he has produced to champion Vancouver’s homegrown talent, and the amount of international attention he has garnered for Vancouver’s technology sector.

In 2012, Ray co-founded Launch Academy. Designed to provide an open and collaborative environment for early-stage entrepreneurs to share ideas, receive mentorship and grow, To date, Launch Academy has helped over 500 companies to collectively raise over $80 million, and created over 700 jobs in the local economy.

In 2014 Ray was named Entrepreneur Mentor of the Year for British Columbia and the Forty Under 40 list by Business In Vancouver.

In 2015 Ray represented Canada at the G20 YEA Summit in Turkey and was named Entrepreneur Promoter of the Year for British Columbia.

In 2015 Ray co-founded Victory Square Ventures. Victory Square is a venture fund that provides decades of management expertise, deep distribution networks and in-depth deployment knowledge to help startups scale globally. We exist to help entrepreneurs create lasting value for the world.

In 2015, Ray co-produced Traction Conference, Canada’s largest growth-hacking conference. With more than 40 high-profile speakers from Silicon Valley and 800+ attendees, Traction Conf has become one of the premiere tech events in Canada, garnering attention from international media outlets and top tech influencers.

About Annee Ngo (Moderator):

Annee Ngo is the Co-Founder and President of San Francisco-based startup ProtoHack – an organization dedicated to empowering the non-technical community with the tools and resources to solve big problems through technology. They offer events in over 20 cities across the globe including Milan, New Delhi, Dubai, and Sao Paolo. She’s a non-techie, law school drop out, part-time poker player, and BC Business’ 30 Under 30.


5:00pm-5:30: Registration & Networking

5:30pm-6:30pm: Launch Talk

6:30pm-7:00pm: More networking


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:


Launch Academy


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