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Thursday, September 29 • 11:00 - 12:00
Competing with Giants in the Vertical Software Space

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Learn from the pros on how they won over their first big clients, and what it's like to be a software company working within a vertical market. The panel will discuss why finding your niche is important and how listening to customer and client needs is crucial in finding your company’s sweet spot. It can be challenging to grow your startup in a space in which your competitors have 100x your budget. Learn how landing your first anchor client is critical to scaling up. 

This interactive session will be open to audience questions.

WHY ATTEND: Donuts! Just kidding, come for more than the sugary treats. This is a great chance to ask questions and learn from experienced entrepreneurs. If you've ever wondered if it’s time to pivot or if you have what it takes to take on the giants, this talk is for you. 


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Cody Curley

Co-Founder, COO & CPO, Spark
Cody Curley is Spark’s creative genius. Growing up in Metro Vancouver, he couldn’t help but get swept up in the hot real estate sector. As the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, he is the lead software designer and works closely with Spark’s talented IT team. In this role he is able to put his graphic design and digital artistry backgrounds to good use.  Running a small-sized startup means Curley is also COO, responsible... Read More →

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Simeon Garratt

Co-Founder & CEO, Spark
As someone that has lived in many cities around the world – from New York to Hong Kong and Mainland China – Simeon Garratt recognizes that everyone needs a place to call “home.” In a bid to make it easier and more efficient to market and sell new developments, Garratt, along with his partner, Cody Curley, created Spark with a genuine interest to improve the front and back-end management of data and communications for... Read More →
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Tina Lum

Director of Business Development, Push Operations
Push Operations help increase transparency in the workforce for the retail, restaurant, and hospitality industry. With one seamless suite, Push allows management to schedule, track employee time, and process payroll in minutes. The system minimizes data transfer and performs real time analytics to empower head office to make better workforce decisions. Tina gets to meet awesome clients and ensure they onboard to Push successfully.
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Sean O'Connor

VP Partnerships, Grow
Sean brings a track record of building strategic partnerships in a variety of industries, including technology, insurance and construction. Having previously served as the CFO of a successful Western Canadian construction company, Sean brings strong cross functional expertise in highly competitive industries. He graduated from McGill University with a degree in finance. Sean lives in Surrey with his wife, Stephanie, and their two kids, Olivia and... Read More →

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Thursday September 29, 2016 11:00 - 12:00
Spark Offices 407 - 1168 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Host Organization Spark

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