Magaly Charbonneau is a seasoned entrepreneur and an investor in many Montreal based high tech startups.From 1991 to 1999 she was owner and President of MD International in Ontario. Following the successful sale of the company, she invested in an emerging start-up, Hostopia.com, and joined the company as Vice-President of Worldwide sales in 2001 and contributed to the growth of the company until its successful acquisition by Fortune 1000 Deluxe Corporation in 2008. In 2010, Magaly invested in Anomalous Networks where she was a board member until its successful acquisition by Tangoe.com. She then invested in PasswordBox and joined as COO until its acquisition by Intel Corporation in 2014. She worked at Intel until 2017. She is a graduate from Toronto’s York University with a BA. She is an angel investor, a Limited Partner in inovia Fund 2015, a Board Member at AddÉnergie, and is on the Quebec AI steering committee.
I grew up in a small village outside Montreal, surrounded by farmers and strawberry fields. Picking strawberries was my first job — but I prefer being a VC!
I do this work because I am passionate about the high tech industry and building successful companies with brilliant entrepreneurs.
The one important thing founders should know about venture capital is that VCs all want the same thing: rock solid founders and team that are 100% focused; a product that resolves a real pain, intellectual property; product that is easy to understand, easy to sell but not easy to copy; and a company that is data-driven.
It’s not that complicated 🙂
I stay Intellectually honest by doing homework with my 2 daughters, 10 and 13. I have officially done my grades 1 to 6, 3 times. I got it now.
“Starting a company is like throwing yourself off the cliff and assembling an airplane on the way down.” — Reid Hoffman