CO- FOUNDER AND CEO, UNBOUNCE
Rick Perreault co-founded Vancouverbased software company Unbounce in 2009 because he had an itch nobody else could scratch. He was a digital marketer whose campaigns kept getting delayed because he couldn't make or change a landing page without getting the IT department involved. Perreault wanted a simple, drag-and-drop tool that even technically challenged marketers could use to build, publish and test landing pages by themselves. It didn't exist, so he and five co-founders started Unbounce to make it happen.
About 800 customers bought the first bare-bones product in the year after launch. Now Unbounce has 15,000 clients globally. The co-founders have been joined by 160 employees and 15 dogs in the company's Vancouver and Berlin offices. Perreault says he and his partners wanted to provide careers worth getting up for every day: “Let's create a place that's awesome, where people want to work–and that can make money.” –D.H.