Lisa Melchior of Vertu Capital

Founder and Managing Partner of Vertu Capital

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We are pleased to introduce you to Lisa Melchior, Founder and Managing partner of Vertu Capital.

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m an optimist, am energized by creativity and innovation and was raised to be very grateful for the opportunities that living in Canada provides. My career passion is tech investing; collaborating with founders and management teams that are building exciting, high potential businesses. I also have a passion for contemporary art and supporting artists who are creating meaningful work. However, I’m most proud of being a mom to three incredible daughters, who motivate me to be the best role model possible every day.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

That’s an easy one – the people I get to work with every day, starting with the Vertu team and including the management teams that lead Vertu portfolio companies and our investors who partner with us. Leading a firm gives me the privilege to choose the community of people that I’m surrounded by.

What is a mantra you live by?

Focus on the horizon. I choose to focus on substantive, long term goals and having them frame my actions and decisions. It may be unpopular or difficult at times but ultimately it is the right thing to do.

If you could have coffee with one business disruptor—past or present—who would it be and why?

I’m fascinated by the mind of Steve Jobs, someone whose innovations have transformed so dramatically how we work, live and play. I’d also want to hear how he remained so resilient and focused despite multiple setbacks.

When you were young, what did you think you would be doing for work when you “grew up”?

When I was really young I spent so much time at the library I thought I’d be a librarian. (I realize this ages me!) Thankfully, I learned that I am happiest collaborating with smart, driven people so the thought of reading and research all day lost its appeal. That said, I still love to read so always have a book or two on the go.

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