Kaylee Astle, 29
Life Story: Saskatoon-born Kaylee Astle spent her formative years being homeschooled in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Her entrepreneurial parents–dad was a financial planner, mom an interior designer–retired early and moved Astle and her sister to the Baja Peninsula. An internship at SAP Canada during her commerce degree at UBC Sauder School of Business prompted her interest in “the way technology is transforming organizations,” she remembers.
Following two years at professional services firm Deloitte, Astle was drawn to the startup world. She and two other Sauder alumni founded MobSquad, a Calgary-based business that brings top technology talent to Canada. Though she remains an investor in and adviser to MobSquad, Astle returned to Vancouver and joined Spocket, an online dropshipping retail solution that lets shop owners select from thousands of high-quality products and add them to their online stores with a few clicks.
Bottom Line: Founded in 2017, Spocket is on a mission to “create a million entrepreneurs,” says Astle, who heads operations and finance. One female online retailer from Toronto makes more than six figures a month, she adds. Currently, 33,000 people operate online stores through Spocket.