Levi Cooperman: "Why is Toronto the best (or worst) place in the world to build a technology business?"
FreshBooks is a cloud accounting specialist for small business owners that is founded and based in Toronto. While FreshBooks began as a humble start-up, it now boasts 100 employees, over 5 million users, and customers in over 120 countries. It's no wonder that Forbes magazine lauded FreshBooks, calling it "one of the stars of Canada's high-tech sector". Building a tech company in Toronto has its advantages: access to educated and intelligent talent, government incentive programs and financial support. In spite of these advantages, starting a company like FreshBooks, and ensuring that it grows and thrives in national and international markets is a continuous challenge. Levi Cooperman, the CFO and co-founder of FreshBooks will share his personal journey of creating one of Canada's most successful high-tech companies, and will discuss the benefits, and challenges to starting and running a business in Toronto.
About Levi Cooperman
Levi is the co-founder and CFO of FreshBooks, the number one cloud accounting specialist for small business owners. After growing up in the interior of BC and graduating from Electrical Engineering at UVic, Levi spent some time in Calgary before making his way east to Toronto. In early 2004, he left the enterprise software consulting business and joined the other FreshBooks Co-Founders in their quest to help out the little guy that no one else was interested in helping - the small business owner. It took three and a half years toiling away in his co-founders parent's basement before FreshBooks gained traction and the world began to take notice. Since that trickle of a start FreshBooks has grown to over 5 million users and helps businesses from over 120 countries get paid faster, save time and focus on what they love to do. The mission of the FreshBooks team of over 100 is to provide the most extraordinary experience any business could have from any other company they have ever dealt with.
2016 Summer Conference
The Canada Project
Identity, Citizenship, and Nationhood in a Changing World
August 5-7, 2016
The YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, ON