Allen and Eva Lau are husband and wife, well known Toronto-based power couple, that turned Wattpad into a global media sensation — the startup has raised USD $118 million, and they are the people behind a small VC firm Two Small Fish Ventures, showing that it's possible to be on the both sides of the table. Join them at Startup Grind Taipei for a one-time unique event.
Allen and Eva will share their stories from the years of entrepreneurship, and will share how raising capital works when you are entrepreneur and when you are an investor. Their unique position will help aspiring entrepreneurs understand better all the hidden paths of a successful business venture.
Two Small Fish Ventures
Managing Director and Co-founder
Co-founder and CEO
Eva has extensive knowledge and experience in building Internet products and online communities. Before starting Two Small Fish Ventures, she was Wattpad’s Head of Community and Content. She helped nurture and scale the Wattpad community from its infancy to become one of the largest online communities with tens of millions of monthly users around the world. Prior to Wattpad, she was Director of Product Development of Brightspark Labs, a Toronto based accelerator. During her tenure at Brightspark Labs she mentored and helped many tech startups in Toronto.
Eva currently serves as an Associate in Creative Destruction Lab at the Rotman School of Management, and a mentor in the Entrepreneurship Hatchery at Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science in University of Toronto.
Eva has a bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Toronto and an MBA from Schulich School of Business. Her husband constantly teases her that the two degrees offset each other.
In 2004, before Facebook and photo-sharing sites, Evgeny Tchebotarev created a community for photographers to meet, exchange information and share photos. He initially developed this as a LiveJournal blog and later transformed the idea into 500px - the premier photo community for discovering, sharing, buying and selling the highest quality photography backed by Andreessen Horowitz and Visual China Group. Every month, millions of people from around the world visit our website and apps to find the world’s most inspiring photography.
Originally from Moscow, Evgeny has a BA in Commerce and Finance from Ryerson University in Toronto. He began photography in 2002 and immediately became inspired by it, when he sold three photos to magazines from his first roll of film.