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Randall Howard - Verdexus. Kitchener, ON, CA

Randall Howard Randall Howard

General Partner | Verdexus

Kitchener, ON, CANADA

Senior serial technology executive working to build world leading, high growth technology organizations




Niagara venture forum 25 jan-2011 Money and Startups


Interview with Randall Howard




A prolific serial technology CEO, investor and philanthropist, committed to building world leading high growth technology organizations through “Venture 2.0” boutique VERDEXUS. We have a globally portfolio of business-to-business, “Enterprise 2.0” companies in which I help drive strategic execution as founding General Partner.

Currently, General Partner at Verdexus, a transatlantic strategic advisory firm, primarily delivering our "Venture 2.0" hands on investment playbook to early and mid-stage companies in Canada and Europe. Prior to 2001 was founder and CEO of MKS, a global lead in application lifecycle management solutions, which was sold in 2011 to Parametric Technology Corporation for $304 million.

I am passionate about building a globally competitive tech ecosystem locally and helped grow Golden Triangle AngelNet by driving its Selection process such that over 40 transactions were completed from inception in 2009.

Finally, I have a passion for transformation and growth in the world of Social Enterprises and believe that a new crop of "Social Innovation" can truly change the world. In that regard, am Director since founding of Innovation Guelph, Board Chair of Centre Wellington Community Foundation and Director and Treasurer of Roseneath Theatre. In late 2013 was invited to the “Group of Seven” by Governor General David Johnston to assist in nation building around Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

I bring long experience as a corporate director with strong knowledge of governance, strategic risk assessment and financial literacy.

Industry Expertise (7)

Investment Management Wireless Internet Cleantech Computer Software VC and Private Equity Non-Profit/Charitable

Areas of Expertise (12)

Building Enterprise Software Venture Capital Investments Infrastructure Software High Growth Technology Enterprise 2.0 Social Innovation Entrepreneurship Disruptive Innovation Corporate Strategy Board Governance Mergers & Acquisitions Angel Investing

Accomplishments (5)

Canadian Angel of the Year (professional)


National Angel Capital Organization

Entrepreneur of the Year (professional)


1997 High Technology Entrepreneur of the Year

1st Annual Community Builder of the Year (personal)


"Pauli" Award from GTAN

Alumni Achievement Award (personal)


Faculty of Mathematics, University of Waterloo

Communitech Impact Award (professional)


Awarded for work building Waterloo technology ecosystem.

Education (1)

University of Waterloo: Honours B.Math, Computer Science and Pure Math 1977

Affiliations (5)

  • C100 Supporting Canadian Entrepreneurs
  • MKS Inc. Alumni
  • National Angel Capital Organization
  • Golden Triangle AngelNet
  • Roseneath Theatre Company

Event Appearances (13)

Panellist: NACO Academy: Structuring Deals and Term Sheets

World Angel Investment Summit 17  Montreal, QC


Judge: Aquahacking 2017

Aquahacking 2017 Finals  University of Waterloo


Panellist: Overview of the Canadian Investment Ecosystem

UK Re$earch Money Conference  Canada House, London, UK


Keynote: Connecting the Canadian Innovation Economy with the World

LATAM Startup Conference  MaRS Centre, Toronto, ON


Keynote: Canadian Angel Investment Poised for a Quantum Leap

National Angel Capital Organization Sumit  Quebec City


Panel: Best Practices for Building a Private Equity Portfolio

Angel Capital Association Summit  San DIego, CA


Expert Commentator: CIX Top 20

Canadian Innovation Exchange  Toronto, ON


International Syndication with Co-Investment Funds

Angel Capital Association Summit  Washington, DC


Panel: Show Me The Money

Gearing Up For Growth Conference  London, ON


International Venture Club

Roundtable of International Startup Financing  WOW Convention Center, Istanbul, Turkey


Investor Mentor and Judge

7th European Space Agency Investment Forum  Hôtel de Région, Toulouse, France


Keynote: Animating Future Innovation Via Angel Groups

Niagara Venture Forum  St Catharines, ON


Mobile Thought Leadership Panel

Mobile Monday Toronto  MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, ON




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