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Empire Avenue

Empire Avenue is a global marketplace where any individual can realize the value of their online networks and knowledge

  • Stage $500K in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Internet / Web Services
  • Location Canada
  • Currency USD
  • Founded September 2009
  • Employees 4
  • Website empireavenue.com

Company Summary

Empire Avenue is based around a fun social media stock market game. Individuals and businesses utilize our game mechanics, which uses virtual currency, to drive higher engagement online and drive real business value. We have built a fun global marketplace where people are connecting with the most reputable people in the world and driving remarkable network engagement.

Team

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    Duleepa Wijayawardhana
    CEO

    Duleepa, or “Dups” has been working with Internet-related stuff since 1993 and has experienced the joy and frustrations of leading and developing large-scale databases and applications accessed by millions of users, including game-related properties at BioWare Corp. (now a division of Electronic Arts). Most recently, Dups was the Community Relations Manager in North America for Sun Microsystems/MySQL.

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    Craig Miller
    CTO

    Working in the world of infrastructure since 2001, there aren’t too many things Craig hasn’t seen nor tried to squeeze every last bit of performance out of. For the last decade he helped BioWare (and then Electronic Arts) grow from a small web site and forum with less than a few thousand weekly users to a massively successful online destination for millions of users around the world.

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    Niall Brown
    VP Product

    Over the past decade Niall has worked at a couple of Canadian universities and recently left his position at MySQL (Oracle) to help Empire Avenue Inc. build new products. When not flicking between screens helping his co-workers solve snags and snazz up the site, he can be found growing tomatoes, playing games on his iPod or eating pastries and drinking coffee in the Atwater Market.

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    Michael Mannion
    VP Research

    Michael holds a doctorate in organic chemistry from Memorial University of Newfoundland and has ten years of experience in the pharmaceutical sector, as a research fellow at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) and a Senior Scientist at MethylGene Inc (Montreal, QC). He is a co-author of 15 scientific papers and 7 patents.

Advisors

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    Bishop and Mackenzie, Morrison Foerster
    Lawyer
    Unconfirmed
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    Todd Derechey, Price Waterhouse Coopers
    Accountant
    Unconfirmed

Previous Investors

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    Ray Muzyka, Greg Zeschuk, Boris Wertz,
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    Kevin Swan, iNovia Capital, Crosslink Capital,
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    Ben Narasin, TriplePoint Capital
    Unconfirmed