The story: As a 19-year-old UBC business student looking for a route into the video game industry, bookkeeping wasn’t Ian Crosby’s ambition. “I didn’t have any useful skills, or at least I didn’t feel I did,” says the now 28-year-old CEO and co-founder of Bench Accounting. But at a job fair in third year, after pitching himself to about a dozen companies, “lo and behold one of the companies liked my attitude.” He ended up working at Threewave Software as a bookkeeper through to graduation. As it turns out, balancing the books struck a chord: “I thought, I’m just going to try and build this better.” After graduation, he spent two years at Bain & Company’s Toronto office before quitting to launch his own firm. Bench Accounting builds and sells bookkeeping software for small businesses and provides a support team of accountants to help its clients navigate the intricacies of bookkeeping. His biggest problem these days? Finding employees for his fast-growing firm: “It’s hard to find executive sales talent in Vancouver.”
Markers of Success: Bench—which now has 110 employees (up from just 10 employees 18 months ago)—has secured $9 million in venture capital funding from investors in Vancouver, New York and San Francisco. Revenues are increasing 15 per cent month-over-month. —Jacob Parry
Meet Ian Crosby and the rest of the 2015 30 Under 30 winners at this year's celebration event!
BCBusiness 30 Under 30
Our 30 Under 30 celebrates B.C.'s young guns who excel in their respective industries, give back to their community and planet and who will lead business in this province for years to come. Each year, winners of our 30 Under 30 will be featured in the April issue of BCBusiness and on BCBusiness.ca, with one exceptionally amazing young world-changer gracing that issue's cover.
“I thought, I’m just going to try and build this better"