Real Ventures nabs former Radian 6 CEO as venture partner


Montreal’s Real Ventures fund has hired former Radian 6 CEO Marcel LeBrun as a Venture Partner.

It’s a move that gives Real Ventures a partner with instant credibility after leading the $326-million sale of Radian6 to Salesforce.com in 2011. Naturally, Lebrun told Huddle’s Inda Intiar that he’ll help Real Ventures startups exectute on ideas and execution.

“I think a lot of people are focused on, ‘Is this a good idea? Is this a good market?’ But really the difference between the successful companies and the not so successful companies is all about their ability to execute,” he told Huddle.

“It’s exciting for me and I think it’s exciting for Atlantic Canada as well,” LeBrun said in an interview with Huddle. “I think Real Ventures has really moved into the top spot of venture firms in Canada and with entrepreneurs, they’re on the top of every list. I think it’s exciting to be part of their continued growth across the country and also to provide some presence here in Atlantic Canada.”

Real Ventures published a post on Medium to celebrate the new hire.

“The addition of Marcel to our team aligns with our mission to serve world-changing entrepreneurs,” said Real founding partner, JS Cournoyer. “He is an amazing human being and successful entrepreneur who took a company public, built one of the most successful SaaS companies in Canada and then built and ran one of Salesforce’s fastest growing divisions. He has the experience and mindset to guide entrepreneurs on their journey to success and we are grateful to have him on board.”

Lebrun’s street cred includes cofounding two startups, leading a NASDAQ/TSX IPO and six acquisitions. Most recently, he was SVP & GM of Marketing Cloud at Salesforce.com.

Real Ventures wrote that Lebrun will continue to be based in Fredericton, New Brunswick where he also teaches and mentors part-time in the Masters of Technology Management and Entrepreneurship program at the University of New Brunswick.

“I’ve loved building companies in the past and I can bring a lot of my experience to help new companies break through,” LeBrun said. “I’ve been involved in the tech ecosystem in both Canada and globally for a while and I’ve been able to go against the idea that you have to be in a certain place to build a globally-successful tech company. I hope that I can bring increased attention to the quality of companies across the country and help wherever the need is.”

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