Kerry Liu originally hails from BC but is “much fonder” of Toronto than Vancouver. He’s now the founder of Rubikloud, a retail business intelligence software, headquartered in Toronto. Read on to see his global idea for tech and innovation.
How did you get involved in tech?
I was taking business at UBC, and I learned about a business pitch competition called Enterprise; the winner got $10,000 for their startup idea. It was cool, but you weren’t going to quit your degree with only ten thousand in the bank.
I took over Enterprise the following year as chair, and built a program where the winner got $500,000 in seed funding for their startup. We had to talk to VCs, startup lawyers, and founders in the Vancouver ecosystem. That’s how I ‘caught the bug’ of tech.
From that competition, I met a VC by the name of Frank Pho, who gave me my first internship at the BDC. I’d never been exposed to startups or VCs in that capacity before, and I knew immediately that I was going to get into tech and be an entrepreneur. However, the reality is that I didn’t have courage or context to do it properly right after graduating.
Instead, I joined the tech practice at PwC, where I stayed for three years. Then I joined Strange Loop Networks, a Vancouver startup, and grew with them to 65 employees before they were acquired.
Now, I’m working on Rubikloud.