Rob Douglas, the man behind GTAN (Golden Triangle Angelnet), sat down with Jeffery Potvin as they discussed his journey from an accountant to becoming one of the prime movers in Canada’s angel investment community. With Rob’s finance background, he emphasizes the importance of cashflow management for early stage entrepreneurs, the benefits of a fractional CFO, and the importance of reporting.
As a person who has so much passion in helping startups, his advice to businesses is to persevere and that while as an entrepreneur you have to focus on your business, you must not forget that you have a life and to make sure that you get up every day doing what you want to do.
Rob Douglas is passionate about building Canada’s economy. A founder of the Golden Triangle Angel Network (GTAN), one of Canada’s largest and most active angel investor networks, Rob enables new Canadian companies to succeed. Rob has served as President and Executive Director of GTAN since its inception in 2009 and has recently stepped down from that role to return to Roseview Capital Consultants, a company which he co-founded in 1998, and where he looks forward to new opportunities in the early-stage ecosystem.
A chartered accountant by profession, Rob is a past Board Member and Treasurer of the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO), Canada’s voice of angel investors. A leader in the investment community, Douglas bridges the gap between local initiatives and national policies.
He commits his energy towards building the entrepreneurial spirit in Waterloo Region and currently holds equity positions in several early-stage growth companies. Rob is a man of vision distinguished by his strong entrepreneurial spirit and a wealth of experience in owning and managing private businesses where he has developed strong skills in strategic planning, business plan execution, process analysis and human resource development.