Ian Crosby

Vancouver Magazine - - Cover Story -


Start-Up Sa­vant “I liked Elon Musk be­fore he was cool,” reads Ian Crosby’s Twit­ter bi­og­ra­phy. Though space ex­plo­ration might sound more ex­cit­ing than ac­count­ing, Crosby has high hopes to make his cloud-based book­keep­ing soft­ware just as sexy. The UBC grad is well on the way to achiev­ing his goal with his start-up, Bench, whose re­laxed tech-com­pany œair and killer brand­ing se­cured him a place on Forbes’s Top 30 Un­der 30 list this year. Mayor Gre­gor Robert­son stopped by Bench for ad­vice on how to sup­port small busi­nesses, and with over $30 mil­lion of ven­ture cap­i­tal to play with, Crosby’s sights are set on con­tin­ued growth—the com­pany re­cently ac­quired a new 55,000-square­foot o ce space oc­cu­py­ing three œoors in Telus Gar­den.

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