Co-founder and President, Validere
Ian is the co-founder and President of Validere, which provides data intelligence for oil and gas quality, logistics and trading. Validere’s insights enable industry participants to identify operational efficiencies and the highest-margin marketing and supply decisions. Since graduating from the Next Founders program in 2016, Validere has raised US$22M from leading global venture capital funds, including Wing VC, Greylock Partners, Sallyport Investments and Y Combinator, and currently has >50 employees in Toronto, Calgary, and Houston. Ian is also a Senior Venture Partner at Pioneer Fund, a seed-stage venture fund that pools capital and expertise from 200+ Y Combinator alumni. Ian holds a BSc in Mathematical Physics from the University of Waterloo and a PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University.