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    A total of $45,224.40 in cash and 3,246 lbs of food has been collected for the Mustard Seed. see more

    Tech community continues support of local food bank with a $51k donation

    VICTORIA, BC - December 10, 2018 - A total of $45,224.40 in cash and 3,246 lbs of food has been collected for the Mustard Seed as a direct result from the 2018 VIATEC Foundation Food Bank Challenge! The weight in food is a new record, more than doubling last year’s weight and is equal to $6,492 ($2 per pound). This brings the total 2018 value to $51,716.40!

    It is our honour to continue to play a role in encouraging and directing the generous members of our community,” said VIATEC CEO, Dan Gunn. “The participants got creative with their fundraising this year; There were wine raffles, bake sales, pancake breakfasts, chili cook-offs, office parties, plenty of interoffice competition and even a push-up competition between two companies. They’ve been digging deep, having fun and making a difference as part of the VIATEC Foundation Food Bank Challenge for over a decade and it’s because of them that many families will have food on the table this holiday season, and throughout the year. All the credit goes to our members and donors and we look forward to aiding them for many more decades to come.”

    Since its inception in 2002, $2,201,714.40 worth of food and cash has been donated to the Mustard Seed through companies participating in the VIATEC Foundation Food Bank Challenge. With this year’s amount, the challenge has raised a total of $2,253,420.80!

    The weight in food is a new record, more than doubling last year’s weight and is equal to $6,492 ($2 per pound)

     

    This year’s top contributors:

    Greatest Per-Employee Contributor

    • 1st place: Aviary Technologies ($727 cash & food per employee)

    • 2nd place: RevenueWire ($309.10 cash & food per employee)

    • 3rd place: AES Engineering ($219.60 cash & food per employee)

    Greatest Overall Contributor

    • 1st place: RevenueWire ($12,364 cash & food)

    • 2nd place: Starfish Medical ($7,090 cash & food)

    • 3rd place: AES Engineering ($5,490 cash & food)
       

    A plaque presentation took place on December 7th at VIATEC and the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce’s Sweater Weather Get Together event, bringing out over 300 attendees.

    2018 Participants:

     


    About VIATEC:

    VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council), started in 1989. Our mission is to serve as the one-stop hub that connects people, knowledge and resources to grow and promote the Greater Victoria technology sector (Technology is Victoria's #1 industry with a $4.06 Billion Annual Revenue, a $5.22 Billion Economic Impact and over 16,775 employees across 995 high-tech companies - and growing!)

    We work closely with our members to offer a variety of events, programs and services. In addition, VIATEC serves as the front door of the local tech sector and as its spokesperson. To better support local innovators, we acquired our own building (Fort Tectoria) where we offer flexible and affordable office space to emerging local companies along with a gathering/event space for local entrepreneurs. www.viatec.ca

     

    About the VIATEC Foundation:

    A fund, held with the Victoria Foundation, that provides a simple way for VIATEC members to give back. Launched in June of 2017 (Raising $177,242 on its first day), the VIATEC Foundation is a result of seeing the philanthropic efforts of VIATEC Members being made privately or members lacking a direction for their goals. Because it is an industry that thrives on competition and challenges, VIATEC saw an opportunity to offer people a way to direct their generosity and show the Victoria community what’s possible.

     

    About the Mustard Seed Street Church:
    The Mustard Seed Street Church has been essential in fighting hunger and restoring faith to a large portion of people living in poverty, as well as the working poor, in Greater Victoria since 1975. The Mustard Seed’s operations are nearly 100 percent community funded and include Vancouver Island’s largest Food Bank, a Family Center, Hospitality programs, and addictions recovery at Hope Farm Healing Centre as well as more traditional Church services.

    The Mustard Seed Street Church positively impacts, on average 5,000 individuals per month, with more than 50 volunteers keeping things running everyday.  With your help, lives are transformed on a daily basis! www.mustardseed.ca

     

    MEDIA INQUIRIES:
    Tessa Bousfield
    Marketing & Events Director
    VIATEC
    Cell: 250-896-7668
    tbousfield@viatec.ca


     


     

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    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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    RevenueWire's mighty HR team has won gold in the Human Resource Department of the Year category... see more

    VICTORIA, BC --(Marketwired - July 27, 2016) - RevenueWire's mighty HR team has won gold in the Human Resource Department of the Year category in the 2016 Golden Bridge Awards. The coveted awards program encompasses the world's best in organizational performance, innovations, products and services, executives and management teams from every major industry. Organizations from all over the world submit nominations every year including public and private, for-profit and non-profit, largest to smallest and new start-ups.

    Instrumental to RevenueWire's Success

    The Human Resources team, led by Vice President Kim Krenzler, has played a major role in RevenueWire's overall accomplishments by ensuring the company has a highly qualified team to deliver exceptional ecommerce solutions to customers. RevenueWire has repeatedly been ranked one of the fastest growing companies in Canada by PROFIT magazine and the company has consistently been able to pivot in the fast-changing ecommerce industry thanks to an innovative and adaptable staff. 

    "It's such an honor to be recognized by such a great organization," said Krenzler. "We've really worked hard to ensure RevenueWire provides a workplace that attracts and retains the best talent in a very competitive market and I'm so excited about the team we have." 

    Founded in 2007, RevenueWire has now grown to more than 75 employees. The award comes on the heels of several initiatives by the company's Human Resources department over the last year that have expanded internal communications, further fostered an open work culture, improved recruitment and continued to raise employee satisfaction. All of these have helped the company continue to be a leading employer with 94% of employees reporting they were satisfied with their job and wouldn't leave for a job elsewhere. 

    About the Golden Bridge Awards

    Golden Bridge Awards are an annual industry and peers recognition program honoring the best companies in every major industry from large to small and new start-ups in North America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin-America, Best New Products and Services, Best Innovations, Management and Teams, Women in Business and the Professions, Case Studies, Customer Satisfaction and PR and Marketing Campaigns from all over the world. Learn more about The Golden Bridge Awards at www.goldenbridgeawards.com 

    About RevenueWire

    RevenueWire helps software and subscription companies sell online. From the RevenueWire Commerce platform that enables turnkey ecommerce, payments and subscription management in over 200 countries to services like AffiliateWire, CallStream and Constant Content, our dedicated and experienced team actively connects clients with more ways to earn money whether it's boosting sales, optimizing subscriptions or offering upsells.

    To learn more, visit revenuewire.com.

    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.

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    “I love things that aren’t entirely figured out yet,” said Leach. see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    Bobbi Leach has never been one for following rules, the prevailing trends or the crowds. A powerhouse of a personality and a natural leader, Leach has always been the kind of person to take the less obvious approach and clear the trails herself rather than walking down well-worn paths.

    It’s an approach that has suited Leach, the chief executive of Victoria-based RevenueWire, an e-commerce platform for digital product sellers. And through her career it’s provided a driving force, energy and vision for the companies she’s worked with.

    “I love things that aren’t entirely figured out yet,” said Leach. “I think if something becomes a bit more routine then I’m put off.”

    It appears the only thing routine about her is a knack for finding success.

    Leach was recently named a silver-level winner at the 12th annual Stevie Awards in New York in the Female Executive of the Year in Canada category.

    Last year, she was named executive of the Year by the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council.

    The awards have been richly deserved.

    In her six years as CEO of RevenueWire, revenue has grown by almost 400 per cent and the company has expanded its workforce to 80 from 15.

    That kind of growth seems to follow in her wake.

    Straight out of business school at Laurentian University, Leach broke with the crowd, opting for a small sports-marketing firm over a corporate cubicle. Over 10 years, she helped grow the small firm into a 30-person agency.

    Leach said success has been about employees.

    As a leader, her instinct is to let her people get on with it.

    She’s not a details person, preferring to set the table for others to have success.

    Leach said her approach to business has evolved, as she got to know herself better, to the point she realizes her job is to provide direction, a toolbox and parameters within which her team can work. “Over the years I’ve learned to be more collaborative, more the coach who says what she expects in terms of results,” she said. “I don’t like to be told what to do, and I’m sure most people are like that. So my style has evolved into me saying, ‘This is the target or vision ... let’s figure out how we’re going to get there.’ ”

    Leach said the team at RevenueWire has been behind the impressive growth rate, and she has learned to give them their space to operate. She has empowered her executives to drive their own teams.

    Her ability to bring people together played a big role in drawing her to RevenueWire in the first place.

    Co-founder Elton Pereira said Leach was initially hired to do business development, but they soon realized she had the leadership quality they were looking for when it came time to hire a new CEO. “She has this amazing, fun, charismatic personality and drive that we’d really never seen before and she really stood out from the pack,” said Pereira, noting when they hire they often look at character and personality first before moving to skill set. “Skills I believe you can learn and train and if you’re driven and want to keep learning that can always come.”

    He also noted Leach is never afraid to get her hands dirty and do the hard work that helps to build small start-up companies. “She’s also a high-performance individual and I know those are the kinds of people she likes to grow with and work with,” Pereira said.

    Sitting literally at RevenueWire’s centre — her office is surrounded by the team — Leach seems content, though never complacent.

    Leach knew from the time she left sports marketing in the late 1990s that her career would be tied to the Internet. She worked with a number of start-ups, software and e-commerce firms as staff, management and as a consultant. And she’s not about to rest having managed to land the top role at a dominant firm.

    “I’m so future-wired, always thinking what’s next and what’s the next milestone?” Leach said. “I’ve learned from my management team you do have to stop and celebrate, but I am wired to think about what is the next big thing we will achieve.”

    That may come with FuturePay, a new business started by RevenueWire that provides a new, non-credit-card option to allow shoppers to buy online.

    The company has grown rapidly into a team of 20 employees servicing more than 600 retail clients who wanted to add a buy-now-pay-later option for their customers. FuturePay has taken off in the last year.

    It won a gold Innovator Award as the best credit innovation at Innovation Project 2016.

    Leach noted that FuturePay’s revenue has increased by nearly 400 per cent from January to February.

    “We now have more recognition in the marketplace and it’s generating interest for retailers,” Leach said. She noted retail clients have found the addition of instant financing online is helping to drive higher-ticket sales. “It’s a very exciting time.”

    Leach, who was born in Vancouver and raised in Victoria, is also committed to helping build the tech community in Victoria.

    “She has strong roots in the community and is very community minded and supportive,” said Dan Gunn, chief executive of VIATEC, which has had Leach on its board on two occasions. “When you get traction and success outside of your own hometown it’s easy to ignore the hometown and she definitely hasn’t done that.

    “She’s a great person.”

    Leach said that desire to give back and get involved is a bit of fatherly influence. Her dad was a social worker and her mother instilled the notion that she could have a career and excel.

    “In hindsight, I had that role model, my mom was a working mom when most of my friends’ moms stayed home,” she recalled. “Mom worked and kept getting promoted and didn’t see limitations for her daughter and I think that helped.”

    To a certain extent, that’s why Leach bristles when she gets drawn into conversations about the lack of women in leadership positions in technology. “I don’t see things that way — male and female. And when I talk with other women executives and founders of companies or others who have risen in the ranks, none of us seem to think that way,” she said. “We think of the job we’re doing, whatever we’re passionate about.”

    Leach prefers to think along the lines that the perception is different from the reality — if you don’t think there are barriers, there may be none.

    She said changing the perception that tech is a man’s world starts in the home, like her mother did for her.

    “At some point around 12 or 13 years old they think [engineering, sciences, technology] is not in their future and either their parents or teachers need to tell them it can be,” she said.