Date: Jan 25th 2007 (Thursday) , 7pm
Guest Speaker: Shawn Abbott, Principal & Director SpringBank
Shawn Abbott has been a Principle and Director of SpringBank
TechVentures since its inception in 2000. Shawn will focus on deal
origination and deal analysis, particularly from a strategic and
As a technologist, entrepreneur, executive, venture capitalist and
educator, Shawn Abbott has over twenty years experience in the
information technology business.
As President of Rainbow Technologies (NASDAQ: RNBO) commercial
operations, he consolidated three divisions, built a management team
to return the US$70 million business to profitable growth, and
positioned it for a successful sale in 2004 at nearly one-half
As corporate Chief Technology Officer, he was responsible for
technology strategy and instrumental in the creation and leadership
of a new business that quickly grew to US$10 million revenue per
Prior to joining Rainbow, Shawn established and built the AND group,
which pioneered the encryption-based CD-ROM software distribution
system used on several million discs. Under his leadership, AND was
consistently profitable and grew to twenty staff before sale.
Shawn has served as a board member on half a dozen private and
public companies internationally. he is an accomplished public
speaker, having presented at more than one hundred conferences on
Internet security and business topics, and taught software design
courses in several countries.
Shawn is the primary inventor of "USBKeys", holding a key patent in
the area. He has written numerous articles and feature pieces for
industry publications, and contributed the chapter on hardware
cryptography to McGraw Hill's, "ICSA Guide to Cryptography".
Shawn currently chairs the Banff Venture Forum. Shawn holds a B.Sc.
in physics from the University of Alberta and has done post graduate
study at the University of Calgary, Stanford, and UC Irvine.
When not working, Shawn can usually be found flying a helicopter or
playing the piano.
Location: Calgary Technologies, Room 2&3
Time: 7pm sharp
3553 - 31 Street NW
Calgary , AB T2L 2K7