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Raif Barbaros

Most of my career has been as founder or CTO of venture-backed startups in the Bay area, and Toronto, three of which were acquired and two reached millions of users. I’m a seven-time startup CTO, currently at BFS Capital, where our mission is to leverage advanced technology and data science to unlock exciting new financial products and services for underserved small businesses. Today, we provide working capital to customers in the US, Canada and the UK. But stay tuned … there is more to come. We are building a revolutionary product that will prove essential for small businesses to recover and resurge in the post-COVID economy.
Prior to that, I led the product, design, engineering, and customer success teams at Influitive, a late-stage B2B SaaS company whose customers include 8 of the world’s 10 largest software companies.
Before Influitive, I was part of the founding team at Loblaw Digital – the team responsible for digital and e-commerce at Canada’s largest retailer. I led engineering, data science, QA and support and built a team of 150 from the ground up. We grew the eCommerce business from zero to nine figures in four years by launching four distinct eCommerce and customer engagement platforms. I also had a tenure at a seed-stage VC firm in San Francisco, where I cut my teeth on the startup business and three very formative years at Deloitte as a management consultant. I have an MBA from UC Berkeley, a B.Sc.H. in Computer Science, and a B.Sc in Mathematics from Queen’s University.