Bobbi Leach

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    The board will continue to work on the goal of growing the sector into a $10 billion entity by 2030 see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    Rayani to lead region’s tech council board

    The Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council will have a new face at the head of its board table as Rasool Rayani steps in as chairman for the year.

    Rayani replaces Colin How, who will act as past chairman for 2017-18. Also elected to the board’s executive are Bobbi Leach as vice-chair, Robert Bowness as chair of the finance committee, Mark Longo as chair of the foundation committee and Brianna Wettlaufer as chair of the governance committee.

    VIATEC chief executive Dan Gunn said the board will continue to work on the goal of growing the sector into a $10 billion entity by 2030, based on combined annual revenues of all the region’s companies. That would more than double existing combined revenue.

    The tech sector in Victoria has grown to include 880 businesses and employs more than 15,000 directly. It also counts another 3,000 consultants and 5,000 others who work in tech jobs within larger firms and government. VIATEC's membership has doubled to 560 members over the past two years.

    “We are blown away by the level of interest and calibre of the candidates for this year’s board election,” said Gunn. “While I did not envy them in the tough choices they had to make, the members did a great job electing a board that closely reflects the broader membership and the VIATEC team is looking forward to working with them.”

    Also on the board are Jim Balcom, Robert Cooper, Scott Dewis, Justin Love, Owen Matthews, Masoud Nassaji, Christina Seargeant and Nicole Smith.

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    Victoria native Bobbi Leach has a history of earning her stripes in the tech world. see more

    Haro Ventures Mini Series: An Interview with Bobbi Leach

    Victoria native Bobbi Leach has a history of earning her stripes in the tech world. After working her way up from associate to VP at a sports marketing firm in Ottawa, Bobbi relocated back to Victoria where she eventually worked her way into the CEO role at RevenueWire helping to grow the company’s international reach and expand its e-commerce platform. Bobbi has also helped launched FuturePay, an alternative payment option for online shoppers that allows them to put their purchase on a tab to pay later. Bobbi’s efforts have been recognized consistently, being awarded the gold-level winner at the Stevie Awards in the Female Executive of the Year in Canada category, and the Executive of the Year award in 2015 by VIATEC.

    • How did you come to start FuturePay?

    FuturePay was started because we saw an opportunity in the growing industry of alternative payment options for enabling online transactions without a credit card. FuturePay provides shoppers with the ability to access instant financing as they’re making an online purchase.

    • What’s the most satisfying part of your role there?

    The most satisfying part of being CEO at FuturePay is seeing how happy people get when they have success. For example, our email marketing took a lot of testing before we got the message right, but when we did, the team was jazzed when they saw the growth in retailer sign-ups and new revenue. Likewise, it took some trial and error before we figured out the best sales strategy, but now the team is super pumped because they’re landing new clients every week.

    • What did you want to be when you were a kid? Who were your childhood role models?

    Other than wanting to be a belly dancer when I was six years old, I always wanted to go into business. I knew by grade 10 that I wanted to go to business school and by the time I was 25, I was a partner in a startup. The person who influenced me the most growing up and has always been my biggest supporter is my mom.

    • With F@#% Up Nights becoming a popular community event, we’re witnessing a positive trend of being open about your failures and mistakes. What mistake have you made that you wouldn’t go back in time to change?

    Never underestimate the need to stay focused in the early years of a startup. In a previous startup I was part of, we made the mistake of trying to build a cadillac-level product for multiple verticals of clients all at once. After two years, we ran out of money before we could scale up the sales and marketing effort to recruit enough clients to reach break-even. This was a huge lesson that I brought to FuturePay to launch the product quickly and iterate, while staying focused on a core client base. I believe it’s one of the primary reasons why we’ve been successful with attracting several hundred clients.

    • What or who inspires you the most?

    At the moment, entrepreneurs who cross over to vastly different industries inspire me the most. Elon Musk is one of those entrepreneurs. He went from digital payments and electric cars, to solar power and space exploration. Another one of those entrepreneurs is Martine Rothblatt, who started her career as a lawyer but then went on to launch several satellite companies including Sirius Satellite Radio and then founded United Therapeutics Corporation, a biotech company. And she’s also a pilot!

    • What role do you think ‘diversity’ plays in growing a successful tech community?

    I think diversity plays a huge role in the success of a tech community. Diversity brings different perspectives into the community, which make for a more informed view on issues and a more inclusive approach to building relevant programs. Ultimately I think this leads to a healthier and more productive tech community.

     Read a previous highlight on female tech community leaders here, and stayed tuned for future interviews by following us on Facebook or Medium.

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    RevenueWire CEO Bobbi Leach named the gold-level winner for Female Executive of the Year in Canada. see more

    Source: RevenueWire

    RevenueWire CEO Wins Gold at 2016 Stevie Awards

    VICTORIA, BC, November 21, 2016 – The annual Stevie Awards gala in New York saw RevenueWire CEO Bobbi Leach named the gold-level winner for Female Executive of the Year in Canada. The award recognizes the business achievements of female executives in Canada since July 1, 2015.

    “This Stevie award is dedicated to the entire team of talented people I get to work with at RevenueWire,” said Leach. She added, “it was inspiring to hear about the many great success stories of female-led companies from all over the world.”

    Widely considered to be the world’s premier business awards, the Stevies received over 1400 entries this year in 90 categories. Finalists were chosen by 110 business professionals from all over the world while 5 specialized judging committees determine gold, silver and bronze placements.

    Leach has been CEO of RevenueWire since 2009. Over that time, the company has seen top line revenue grow by over 400% and the number of employees has increased from 15 to over 80.

    About The Stevie Awards
    Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

    About RevenueWire

    RevenueWire helps software and subscription companies sell online. Our RevenueWire Commerce platform enables turnkey ecommerce, payments and subscription management through a single cloud-based platform. Our dedicated and experienced team actively connects our clients with more ways to earn money whether it’s boosting sales, optimizing subscriptions or offering upsells and cross-sells.

    Press Contact
    Scott Daly
    sdaly@revenuewire.com
    (250) 298-6040 ext. 7229

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    She will be named a gold, silver or bronze winner at the awards gala in New York on November 18th see more

    Source: RevenueWire

    RevenueWire CEO Named Stevie Award Finalist

    VICTORIA, BC, October 6, 2016 – RevenueWire CEO Bobbi Leach was today announced as a finalist in the Female Executive of the Year in Canada category for the annual Stevie Awards. She will be named a gold, silver or bronze winner at the awards gala in New York on November 18, 2016. This is the second nomination for Leach, who won silver in the category in 2015.

    “I am honored to be a finalist,” said Leach. “I’m so proud to be part of such an accomplished group being recognized by the Stevies.”

    Widely considered to be the world’s premier business awards, the Stevies received over 1400 entries this year in 90 categories. Finalists were chosen by 110 business professionals from all over the world while 5 specialized judging committees will determine gold, silver and bronze placements in the weeks before the gala.

    Leach has been CEO of RevenueWire since 2009. Over that time, the company has seen top line revenue grow by over 400% and the number of employees has increased from 15 to over 80.

    About The Stevie Awards
    Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

    About RevenueWire

    RevenueWire helps software and subscription companies sell online. Our RevenueWire Commerce platform enables turnkey ecommerce, payments and subscription management in over 200 countries, 33 currencies and 24 languages through a single cloud-based platform. Our dedicated and experienced team actively connects our clients with more ways to earn money whether it’s boosting sales, optimizing subscriptions or offering upsells and cross-sells.

    Press Contact
    Scott Daly
    sdaly@revenuewire.com
    (250) 298-6040 ext. 7229

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    FuturePay is excited to announce that they have won Gold for Startup of the Year see more

    Source: FuturePay

    FuturePay is excited to announce that they have won Gold for Startup of the Year at the prestigious Golden Bridge Awards! But that’s not all. Their CEO, Bobbi Leach, also won Gold as the Female Executive of the Year! The Golden Bridge Awards are held annually to recognize excellence from businesses around the world and across sectors.

    “It has been an honor to be recognized for our success in the payments field and we take great pride in being able to provide our clients with an instant credit option at point of purchase”, says CEO, Bobbi Leach. “I believe this is truly a testament to all of the hard work our team has put in to help drive our exceptional growth in just a few short years.”

    RevenueWire has also won gold! You can read that release right here.