Isaac joined Pender Ventures in 2022 to help build the firm’s presence in Eastern Canada. Previously, he was a partner at Real Ventures, where he led a Quebec-focused, pre-seed investment strategy while also serving as General Manager of FounderFuel, the firm’s accelerator. Prior to joining Real, Isaac spent more than a decade as a product management leader in New York, Singapore and Montreal, including stints at Sonder, Frank and Oak, Yahoo and Scholastic. In addition to his work with startups, Isaac is passionate about building communities.
He is a co-founder of Product Tank Montreal, a longstanding meetup and APM Montreal, a community-based training program. He is also a founding board member of Front Row Ventures, Canada’s only student-run venture capital firm. Isaac is also an active mentor with several accelerators and incubators. He has a BA from Columbia University and an MBA from INSEAD.
On the show, we spoke about:
- Why Isaac joined Pender Ventures
- The history of Pender Fund
- The investment thesis and focusing on profitable growth
- What does resilience mean for a startup
- Isaac’s thoughts on Generative AI