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Franco Varriano

Franco Varriano

Startup Grind Ottawa Director

Franco's been an entrepreneur since the age of 11. After working overseas during university, he returned to work in the NGO, public and private sectors building web and mobile programs. He's been actively involved in helping and organizing various Ottawa events to make the city a better place.  He's currently leading content and growth with Guides.co, the online destination for interactive and helpful guides.

Upcoming Events

Dax Dasilva (Lightspeed)
Thursday, February 26

Dax Dasilva

Lightspeed

Dax Dasilva is the CEO of LightSpeed, a suite of retail tools, based in Montreal, Canada.

They recently raised a $35-million Series B from Accel Partners (one of the early backers of Facebook).

His company boasts 20,000 customers and has grown from 50 employees in 2011 to 200 now, processing $7.5B in annual transactions with offices in New York, Ottawa, Silicon Valley, and Sydney, Australia.

  • Dax Dasilva, Lightspeed Dax Dasilva, Lightspeed
    Dax Dasilva is the CEO of LightSpeed, a suite of retail tools, based in Montreal, Canada.

    They recently raised a $35-million Series B from Accel Partners (one of the early backers of Facebook).

    His company boasts 20,000 customers and has grown from 50 employees in 2011 to 200 now, processing $7.5B in annual transactions with offices in New York, Ottawa, Silicon Valley, and Sydney, Australia.
    26 Feb Dax Dasilva Lightspeed
  • Joe Rideout, Relay Joe Rideout, Relay
    Joe Rideout is the co-founder of Relay, a GIF messaging app and an ex-Googler. He co-founded Relay in 2012, raising $700K a few months later before being acquired by Kik in November 2014.

    Joe will share his insights and experiences on building mobile products, scaling growth, and being acquired.
    26 Mar Joe Rideout Relay
  • Ethan Song, Frank & Oak Ethan Song, Frank & Oak
    Creative Director, Designer, Social Strategist, Web Technologist, Photographer & Videographer - Co-founder & Creative - @frankandoak
    23 Apr Ethan Song Frank & Oak

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