I’m Kenton White. These are the lessons I’ve learned building startups. Disclaimer — I haven’t ever sold a startup to Google for a Billion Dollars or built a product with 500 Million ecstatic users. I have been through the whole startup process from end-to-end: incubation, financing, execution and acquisition. I’ve had my failures; I’ve learned my lessons; I’ve got the scars to prove it.
My first company Distil Interactive made made game creation as easy as building a PowerPoint presentation. We sold to the Canadian Standards Association in 2009, forming the basis of their new eLearning division.
Currently I’m many months into my second startup. Still in stealth mode but will be launching soon.
I’m the technical half of our founding team. I have a PhD in physics, am an Adjunct professor of computer science at Carleton University, and Chair of the National Science and Engineering Research Council committee on computer and electrical engineering.