Bruce Croxon wants to invest in the next Canadian wave. The co-founder of the wildly successful dating site Lavalife, and a former “Dragon” on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, Croxon shares informed insights into what it takes to succeed in today’s demanding entrepreneurial environment. He speaks on the importance of collaboration, innovation, an open mind, and the need to stay on the cusp of technology when going after your business dreams.
After co-founding Lavalife in 1987, Croxon served in many roles with the company — partner, chairman, and CEO — guiding it to the position of category leader. He helped lead the company’s growth from four to 600 employees, achieving revenue of just under $100 million. In 2004, he led its sale for a stunning $180 million. Since then, Croxon has been active as both an investor and advisor in early stage companies in the technology and hospitality sectors, continuing to expand the reach of his entrepreneurial successes.
As a former “Dragon” on Dragons’ Den, he added a broad range of businesses and products to his portfolio that tap into his passion for digital media, health, and marketing. He currently helms Round13, a company dedicated to investment in growth stage Canadian tech companies, and co-hosts The Disruptors on BNN and CTV, a weekly show spotlighting Canadian business.