I’m Isaac, an early stage investor and community builder based in Montreal, Canada. I’m a Partner at Pender Ventures, where I invest in B2B software and health tech companies. I got my start in VC at Real Ventures, where I led a Quebec-focused, pre-seed strategy, ran FounderFuel and was the first investor in Front Row Ventures. I spent the first half of my career in product management, including leadership roles at Sonder, Frank and Oak, Yahoo and Scholastic. I have an MBA from INSEAD and a BA in Religion from Columbia. 

Alongside startups, I’m passionate about building communities. I’m a co-founder of two successful meetups, blinkBL_NK, a “Tedx + beers” format that ran for many years in Singapore, and Product Tank Montreal, an ongoing meetup for product managers. I’m also a co-founder of APM Montreal, a community-based training program, and am on the  board of APM Canada and Front Row Ventures. 

I love working with startups because I believe that technology is the most powerful force shaping human existence and startups are the most important vehicle for manifesting that technology. I’m passionate about harnessing the power of tech to make our world better while building high performing, human-centric organizations. I love to connect with like-minded people and pay it forward, especially for underrepresented groups, so if you think I can help or know someone I should meet, please do reach out.

When I’m not working, you can find me hanging with my family and/or biking, hiking, skiing, camping, playing tennis, disc golf, basketball, hockey and going on urban missions. Born and bred in Massachusetts, I’m a Sox/Celtics/Pats/Bruins fan with an expat soft spot for the Habs. I love to read sci fi and history. You can find more from me on Twitter and Linkedin.

(Updated Sept 2023)