NEW) CO-FOUNDER & CEO, BENCH
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 air 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 oors in Telus Garden.