InNetwork Board Chair: Gerry Pond
After an interview featuring him in Canadian Business this month, and after being named the inaugural BDC Entrepreneurship Champion in March 2015, it’s about time that we take some time to talk about Gerry Pond, ICT legend, entrepreneurship and community leader, and Chair of InNetwork’s Board of Directors.
As Gerry explains to James Cowan of CB, he grew up in the Information and Communications Technology sector working at NBTel and has learned to recognize the evolution of technology. When it became very clear that social media was going to change the direction of communications, he and his Mariner Partners become founding investors in Radian6, a social media monitoring platform that sold to Salesforce in 2011 for $326 million. Around the same time he sold Q1 Labs, and Internet security firm to IBM for something like $800 million (unconfirmed).
When it comes to sizing up a company, Gerry Pond knows what to look for. Beyond looking at the strength and determination of the team, he’s looking for those big ideas, the ones that provide elegant reliable solutions, and have the potential to change everything.
Gerry Pond has received much respect over the years not only for his business success, but also for being an inspiring innovator and social entrepreneur. It is an honour and a pleasure to be under his leadership and with this, the whole team at InNetwork would like to salute him and thank him for his continued support.
Just as we believe that InNetwork is changing things for marketers, Gerry is changing things for all the companies that he supports in the community of Atlantic Canada where he lives.
(Post: I was fortunate to honour Gerry at a charity dinner in Saint John, NB in October 2014. Some people have asked for a copy of the presentation that I gave and so I have attached it here as a slideshare.)