Hi! I’m Isaac – a husband, dad, product guy, startup operator and ecosystem builder based in Montreal, Canada. My current day job is as Entrepreneur in Residence at Real Ventures. As part of that role, I’m also the GM of FounderFuel. Previously I led product at Sonder and Frank + Oak, two of Montreal’s fastest growing startups. Prior to arriving in Canada, I spent six years in Singapore working at Pollenizer and Yahoo and completing an MBA at INSEAD. I began my career in New York, building educational technology and games at Scholastic and leading sales for a dot-com startup. I’ve also spent a year at the East West Center in Hawaii and a year studying in India. I grew up in Amherst, MA and got my BA from Columbia University in religious studies.
Professionally, I’m passionate about building and scaling technology products and services that make people’s lives better. A classic “non-technical product manager”, my strengths are as a strategist, communicator, problem solver and people manager. I love crafting product roadmaps, solving UX and UI problem, using data to drive decisions and orchestrating product execution. I also love speaking in public about product management and company building, mentoring young founders and organizing events for networking and idea sharing. I believe deeply in the power of creative communities and strive to embody the pay-it-forward ethos that characterizes thriving startup ecosystems.
When I’m not working, I’m usually hanging out with my family trying to convince them to join me in playing disc golf, tennis, basketball, cycling, hiking, being outdoors whenever possible and rooting for the Sox/Celtics/Pats and these days the Habs, (unless they’re playing the Bruins). You can find more about me on Twitter and Linkedin.
(Updated April, 2017)