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April 9, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT


fnVancouver: Boom to Bust and Back Again: How to Survive to Succeed from a Veteran of 3 Cycles




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Founders Network is invite only. If you are a full time tech founder interested in membership, you are welcome to join this event as a guest. Please RSVP below. Once we verify your qualifications, we will confirm your registration and provide login credentials.

With Covid-19, the Boom cycle of the last ~10 years is ending and the markets are contracting.  Come join Ellie Rubin, a veteran of 3 Boom-and-Bust Cycles as she shares what to expect, what to focus on and how to best survive in the current climate.  She’ll also share insights learned from the prior cycles and how to spot the changing of the tide when it’s time to grow again.  

Be sure to post any questions you have on this function page ahead of this virtual meeting.


  • 6:00pm – 6:15pm || Settle in, Opening Remarks
  • 6:15pm – 7:00pm || Speaker: Ellie Rubin and Q&A
  • 7:00pm – 8:00pm || Peer Advisory Roundtable Discussions*

*Our members-only Peer Advisory Roundtables are designed to go deep on real-life challenges you are currently facing (i.e., acquiring customers, fundraising, marketing, hiring, scaling, culture, systems and more). 


Phil Kohn

Grant Lawrence

Lisa Payne

Chris Strachan

Praveen Varshney

fnVancouver Regional Leadership Team

– Chapter Director: Ellie Rubin

– Membership Chair: John Chan

– Ecosystem Advisor:  Dr. Alexandra Greenhill

Confidentiality Reminder

All information shared within Founders Network is strictly confidential. We are built on a foundation of trust, and the community takes confidentiality seriously. Investors, members, and staff all share experiences and opinions off the record.  In this roundtable forum, we continue to model our fnValues of Reciprocity, Humility, Authenticity and Inclusivity.




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