Benevity’s Bryan de Lottinville on the Canadian Psyche of Entrepreneurialism

This time last year Benevity Social Ventures was selected as one of ten companies to receive a Tech Rev Innovator award for 2010.

The award recognizes entrepreneurship, innovation, growth, promise, company culture, and pioneering ideas in technology enterprises with standout accomplishments located in Calgary and over 300 companies were nominated last year.

Benevity has developed North America’s first embeddable microdonation platform, a highly customizable giving engine that socially responsible businesses can use to engage their customers, employees and corporate partners in optional charitable giving on their terms.

Benevity’s CEO is Bryan de Lottinville – a name the Canadian tech community is very familiar with. Bryan has spent the past fifteen years in senior operational roles with growth companies, in both the bricks and mortar and web worlds. His most recent claim to fame was as Chief Operating Officer and Director of iStockphoto which was acquired by Getty Images in 2006 for $50 Million.

Techvibes’ Michelle Sklar got a chance to sit down with Bryan at the GROW 2011 Conference last month in Vancouver to talk about the Canadian psyche of entrepreneurialism and the fact that we don’t think big enough. Bryan may know what he’s talking about – iStockphoto is now worth over a billion dollars: “Perhaps I’m a moron and we sold it a bit early”.

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