Justin LaFayette


Toronto Life - - The Fifty Most Influential 2018 -

lafayette’s firm had made big-time in­vest­ments in suc­cess sto­ries like the take­out app Rit­ual, ac­count­ing soft­ware FreshBooks, ed­u­ca­tion plat­form Top Hat and re­tail be­he­moth Shopify. This past Au­gust, Ge­or­gian raised $714 mil­lion, the largest in­de­pen­dent VC round in Cana­dian his­tory—cash that banks and other in­vestors have en­trusted to Ge­or­gian to pour into aus­pi­cious start-ups and, in turn, fur­ther pro­pel Toronto into tech su­per­star­dom. In­ter­na­tional VCs ven­er­ate Ge­or­gian’s ap­proach to AI and data, which is good news for the city: they’ll take LaFayette’s word on which com­pa­nies are worth in­vest­ing in, driv­ing more dol­lars into the coun­try. side gigs: He sits on the board of Canada Learn­ing Code, an ed­u­ca­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion that re­cently re­ceived $8 mil­lion as part of the fed­eral govern­ment’s CanCode ini­tia­tive.

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