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Blogstartuplifeblog.com
Twitter@jsookman
BirthplaceToronto, ON
Birthdate7/23/83

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University of Toronto, MS
Biotechnology
The University of Western Ontario, BS
Honors Genetics

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Josh Sookman

Josh is currently CEO at Guardly, a robust communication platform for emergencies that connects people to their personal safety networks in a single tap. He is a huge supporter of innovation, entrepreneurship and the startup community. Josh is a co-curator at Toronto [StartupDigest]. He helped organize TEDxToronto 2010 and has also volunteered with Impact Entrepreneurship Group and mentored Overseas Education Center, a Stanford student team building a not-for-profit educational facility in Cambodia to help local students get top-tier educations abroad.

Josh has also judged several international competitions, most notably, the Social eChallenge Competition at Stanford University (2009, 2010) and the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) regional round at MIT (2009). Most recently, he helped judge the 2010 Intel Challenge Europe.

Prior to this, Josh was an Analyst at BlackBerry Partners Fund / RBC Venture Partners. In this role, he was primarily responsible for conducting due diligence and writing investment recommendations for prospective investments in the mobile sector. He also worked closely with portfolio companies to develop business strategies, enhance product development, and improve user experience. Josh has developed expertise in mobile social networking and location-aware applications, mobile commerce, mobile advertising, and mobile search.

He loves wakeboarding and playing squash.

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