Scaleable IO is the startup of an idea. It’s the idea that Canada’s perspective on the innovation economy is misguided. Our focus on R&D spending, patents, and productivity as measures of our capabilities looks only at symptoms. Our problem instead is that we are challenged to scale tech companies to world class size.
This site brings together a group of experienced entrepreneurs, executives, researchers and experts who are contributing to helping technology entrepreneurs transition from startup to scaleup. Each of us brings a unique perspective on our challenges and possible solutions. We believe in evidence based management and consequently support an active research program to better understand what it takes to grow world-class companies.
As individuals we work with companies on a full-time or part-time basis. We focus on helping entrepreneurs improve their market potential, raise capital and build leadership skills.
Charles spent 15 years as co founder and CEO of Synamics, a telecommunications software firm that provided mass calling platforms to telcos. Since then he has been an officer, director or investor in a dozen technology companies. Charles has worked in investment banking, venture capital and banking serving the technology industry and provided financing, consulting and coaching services to dozens of firms and training to thousands.
He spent four years at MaRS ending as CFO and spent seven years on the faculty of York’s Schulich School of Business. He is now at the University of Toronto where he’s a Senior Fellow at the Impact Centre doing research and teaching courses in innovation and entrepreneurship. He has an MBA in marketing and is a Chartered Accountant.
cplant (at) imc.utoronto.ca