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Paul Hecht

Entrepreneur • Advisor Vancouver, Canada Area, CA

Product Expert. I held significant roles in startups and global leaders. I care about the user & can drive a roadmap. Expedia.ca co-founder.

Product Expert. I held significant roles in startups and global leaders. I care about the user & can drive a roadmap. Expedia.ca co-founder.

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18 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Ad Sales
  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Product
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
Immediately

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Ad Sales
  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Product

Involved In

Advisor

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
BCIC (BC Innovation Council)
bucketlist.org
Athletes for Africa
BCIC (BC Innovation Council)
Athletes for Africa

Side Projects

Venzee.com

Positions

Principal Flat 44 Media Inc. May 2013 - present
Mentor BCIC (BC Innovation Council) April 2013 - present
Volunteer Consultant and Board Member Athletes for Africa March 2009 - present
Chief Operating Officer Venzee August 2014 - October 2015
Vice President, Digital Glacier Media Inc. 2010 - May 2013
Global Product Director Cheapflights March 2008 - March 2009
Off Ice Official National Hockey League September 2000 - January 2008
Senior Director, Product Management Expedia, Inc. 2001 - 2008
Director, E Commerce Operations Expedia, Inc. January 2005 - June 2005
Team Lead ICE 1999 - 2001
Consultant Tennis Canada 1998 - 1999

Education

Concordia University Communication and Media Studies; Philosophy 1989 - 1992

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
  • • Marketing
  • • UI/Design
  • • Industrial Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Hardware
  • • Media
  • • Music
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Social Impact
  • • Travel
  • • Advertising
  • • Real Estate
  • • Sports
  • • Video
  • • Transportation
  • • News
  • • Content
  • • Sports - anything with a helmet
  • • music and travel

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

E-Commerce • Contract negotiation • Digital marketing • Team Building • User Experience Design

Key Accomplishments

I am proud of the industry and geographic diversity that I have experienced throughout my career. I have worked in sports, travel, media, advertising and philanthropy in several countries. If I had to highlight one area it would be helping grow Expedia into the global leader it is now. We changed how people searched and purchased travel, and that was really cool!

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Product expertise; business and financial acumen; an understanding of how to build, lead and motivate teams; global experience across multiple platforms and verticals.

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Vouches Received

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Tom Seery
We worked together
Paul is someone who takes action; he's not just all talk. I've also seen Paul get great stuff done in the face of considerable resource cons ... traints. Both traits are important to succeeding at entrepreneurship.
Sarah Elkins
They're my friends
Paul is driven to make things happen and make them successful. He has the skills to get an idea off the ground and turn it into reality
Mark Wasserman
We worked together
Paul is an excellent leader with an exceptional and proven understanding of digital strategy and operations. He was solely responsible for t ... ransforming the Glacier Media web sites from static, unappealing sites to modern, dynamic and graphic-based pages. He has the capability to work his magic with media and non-media companies. He knows how to drive organizations in terms of change management and achieving business objectives.
David Udow
They're my friends
Paul has been around long enough to know what not to do, but also has the passion of a true entrepreneur. Having worked in companies both hu ... ge and tiny has given Paul the experience to see how things can be done, but also how to do them when money matters. He's a great ideas guy and a fantastic communicator.
Alexandra T. Greenhill
They're my mentor
He brings experience and serious intent. Was able to persuade a large team to join him at a Startup Weekend. He has ideas and is willing to ... act on them with a lot of determination and skill.
Dave Luxton
We worked together
I sincerely trust Paul. He is smart and sensible but also a bit fearless. I think those are great attributes for an entrepreneur.
Ali Kashani
We worked together  •  Co-founder & CEO, Sepio Inc.
I met Rob at Vancouver Startup Weekend; he came in with a good idea, formed a team that managed to execute well and was placed 3rd out of a ... dozen competitive teams. He followed up with me afterwards as well and is forming a company with a viable idea.
Kelvin Mangaroo
We worked together
Paul has many years of international experience in early stage and entrepreneurial companies that would enable him to excel.
Jamie McDonald
We worked together at Expedia
Paul is smart, driven and fun to be around. I loved working with him and hope I get to work with him again. He is an "A player".
Richard Peirce
We worked together
Always thinking about the client experience and what's next.
Johann Starke
We worked together at Expedia  •  President & CEO, FCV Interactive. Previously Director of Business Development, Expedia. University of Alberta grad.
Paul is a business leader, innovator of new ideas and was a valued colleague at Expedia. He has excellent management skills and is great at ... team-building. He is someone I recommend without reservation.
Rachel Shen
We worked together
He has lots of great ideas and a hunger to bring something new to the market.
Sean Shannon
We worked together
Paul has experienced start ups such as Expedia Canada and Cheap Flights from the inside and been a key contributor to their early start up s ... uccesses. Paul understands how to get traction and also has worked inside of larger orgs to understand where any start up needs to get to.
Omar Ahmad
We worked together
Paul's background and passions lend themselves to be a great entrpreneur. His desire to buld not only a great business but also a great wor ... king environment for people to flourish are hghly desirable charateristics. Paul bring a balance of high etchical and social responsibility and believs that captailism with a concience is the best way to business.
Paulin Laberge
We worked together
Paul is a passionate individual with good strategic vision, has the ability to think things through before acting and is able to apply learn ... ings from past experiences to new situations.
Kerry Morrison
They're my friends
He has the drive, the experience and the intellect.
Jason Lindstrom
We worked together  •  Director, Advisor Websites and Managing Partner, Senior Editor, Bucketlist.org. Simon Fraser grad.
I've known Paul for a number of years, he's a smart guy who really understanding how to build and scale a company. He also provides very cle ... ar cut honest advice. He's a good dude that you want on your team.
Mark Rabin
They're my friends  •  Founder, Portable Electric and Co-Founder, Future Harmonic.
Paul is open, insightful and easy to approach!

Johann Starke
We worked together at Expedia  •  President & CEO, FCV Interactive. Previously Director of Business Development, Expedia. University of Alberta grad.
Yes. He has proven it already on multiple occasions! He started a small business while still at Expedia. He later moved to Vancouver, a new ... city and built arguably the largest independent agency in town.

Keith Ippel
Advisor, Control 4 and Entrepreneur in Residence, Wavefront.

Mark Rabin
They're my advisor  •  Founder, Portable Electric and Co-Founder, Future Harmonic.
Deep product knowledge. Global experience.