60 Seconds With Brad Lowe

60 Seconds With is a series that profiles British Columbians who are making BC a great place for entrepreneurs.

Brad Lowe can speak English, French, Norwegian and Italian. Being a polyglot—someone who can speak several languages—has given him a professional edge in a career that has included senior roles with global information and communications giant MDA, Redback Networks (Ericsson) and Finnish phone maker Nokia.

With that background, it’s not surprising that when Brad speaks to startup founders in his role as a Wavefront Executive in Residence (and VP, National Accelerator Operations), they listen. Take 60 seconds to meet Brad and find out what famous children’s book he’s reading right now.

What was your original career aspiration?

I wanted to be a professional musician.

Tell us one thing about you that people won’t see on your LinkedIn profile?

I played Timpani (percussion instrument) in Beethoven’s 9th symphony for the 100th anniversary of the University Of Oslo Symphony Orchestra on the stage where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded.

If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

I’d be curling at the Marpole Curling Club, the friendly home of curling in south Vancouver.

What are the biggest challenges facing the BC tech sector today?

I think that BC has great tech talent with amazing ideas. The challenge I see is that we have a hard time getting these great ideas into market. We need to become better business people so that our tech ideas can change the world!

What are you doing to make BC a great place for tech entrepreneurs?

I’m working with companies to develop their ideas into businesses and to connect them with customers, investors and others who can help them succeed.

What is the best piece of career advice you’ve received?

Don’t be a professional musician.

What’s a book you’re reading right now?

Ole Brumm

In your opinion, what is the most important invention of all time?

The smartphone.


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