I’m Isaac, an early stage investor and community builders based in Montreal, Canada. I’m currently a Partner at Pender Ventures, where I focus on investing in software and health tech companies that have reached early product market fit and are seeking to scale. Prior to joining Pender, I spent six year at Real Ventures, where I led a Quebec-focused pre-seed strategy, ran Real’s accelerator, FounderFuel, and was the first investor in Front Row Ventures, Canada’s only student-run venture capital fund. I spent the first part 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.
In addition to investing and product management, I’m also passionate about building communities. I’m co-founder of two successful meetups, blinkBL_NK, a “Tedx + beers” format, and Product Tank Montreal. 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 in the startup world because I believe that technology is the most powerful force shaping human existence and startups are the most important vehicle for bringing technology to life. I’m passionate about harnessing the power of tech to make our world better while creating companies and communities that provide meaning and enable personal growth. I love to connect with like minded people and pay it forward, 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, ultimate, basketball 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 about me on Twitter and Linkedin.
(Updated April 2022)