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Ryan Spong

Founder and CEO, Foodee

About The Speaker

My career began in the mailroom licking stamps and envelopes at an online brokerage in 1999. Three months later I was trading client accounts. In 2003, I was recruited out of my MBA to a formal career in investment banking, structuring high-grade bonds for a bulge bracket global bank.

I like the definition of entrepreneurship: initiating calculated risks to take advantage of opportunities through innovation or improvement. I have experience in public and private markets and I've brought that entrepreneurial attitude into everything I've done.

I've started, grown and sold innovative businesses. When I returned to Vancouver, I leveraged my experience, contacts and licenses (NASD and BCSC) to form Mainstreet Advisors, a boutique financing company, which raised several million dollars for public companies, some of which I've served as CEO and CFO.

Mainstreet now focuses on incubating business ideas. In 2006, we founded Raincity Rock with two very talented operators which we sold in 2013 to a civil contractor. In 2008, we established Preform Construction - a sustainable high-end prefab manufacturer - with Architect firm AARobins, which we closed in the 2011 housing crash and sold for assets. In 2010, we partnered in Tacofino Cantina. We cook surf-inspired, Asian-Mexican fusion with a focus on slow-food practices and reducing our waste. We support the people who support us by giving back to the communities we serve through volunteerism and donations.

In September 2013, I joined Foodee and we instituted a commitment to quality and best practices. It's a high growth story that our team is very proud of.

I spend my free time advocating for local business on the boards of LocoBC and Knives & Forks Investment Co-op. I ride my bicycle to our Yaletown office from Mount Pleasant (and occasionally longer distances) where I live with my wife Chloe and our children Sawyer, Kincaid, and our newest addition... little miss Olive.