Our team is diverse, experienced, and one of a kind. We come from a range of backgrounds and have cross-continental experience. We are immigrants, dreamers, doers, and over-achievers. Some of us have started and built our own ventures and companies before joining Two Small Fish. We all have deep domain expertise and we all know what it takes to be an entrepreneur and have unique perspectives and insights to share with our portfolios.
Meet our team
Before starting Two Small Fish Ventures, she was Wattpad’s Head of Community and Content. She helped nurture and scale Wattpad from its infancy to become one of the largest online communities with tens of millions of monthly users around the world (Note: In January, 2021, Naver, the South Korean internet conglomerate, announced the acquisition of Wattpad in a transaction valued at more than USD $600 million / CAD $800 million). With a sharp focus on investing companies with strong network effect as their defensibility, Eva has created the ASSET framework that many entrepreneurs and accelerators have adopted in their developing business strategies. Eva is regarded as an expert in this area.
Prior to Wattpad, she was Director of Product Development of Brightspark Labs, a Toronto based accelerator. During her tenure at Brightspark Labs she mentored and helped many tech startups in Toronto.
Eva is also involved in many incubators and accelerators, such as Creative Destruction Lab at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto’s Entrepreneurship Hatchery, Ryerson’s DMZ, University of Waterloo’s Velocity and Techstars. She also serves on the board of Branksome Hall, Upside Foundation, Volta in Halifax and a number of startup companies.
Eva has a bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Toronto and an MBA from Schulich School of Business. Her husband constantly teases her that the two degrees offset each other.
Eva hangs out online all the time.
As the CEO and co-founder of Toronto-based Wattpad, a global multi-platform entertainment company for original stories and leading social storytelling platform, Allen led an international team with the inspiring vision to leverage groundbreaking technology to fundamentally disrupt the entertainment industry while empowering diverse voices.
Wattpad raised USD $120 million from top VCs in Silicon Valley, New York, Canada, and Asia. In 2021, the company was acquired by Naver, the South Korean internet conglomerate, in a transaction valued at more than USD $600 million.
Because of Allen's leadership and vision, today Wattpad is home to a community of nearly 100 million people who have written more than a billion uploads on the platform. Thousands of Wattpad stories have been adapted for other platforms and gone on to become blockbuster movies and #1 Netflix hits, Emmy-nominated television series, and bestselling books around the world.
In 2021 Allen was invited to sit on the board of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), a cultural, non-profit organization with a mission to transform the way people see the world through film. As a board member, Allen will offer his unique perspective and experiences to support and advance TIFF's mission.
In 2022, Allen also joined the board of directors for MaRS Discovery District, North America's largest urban innovation hub. As a board member, Allen will join MaRS in supporting high-growth startups and scale-ups to drive breakthrough discoveries, grow the economy, and make an impact by solving real problems for real people.
Allen champions the interest of Canadian technology companies at all levels of government as a member of the Canadian Council of Innovators. He consults on legislation and practices to spur innovation and support the growth of the technology sector. Allen is regularly quoted by the media about the benefits of launching and scaling an internet-based company in Canada.
Allen has a keen ability to spot the next big thing. He is the co-founder of Two Small Fish Ventures, a fund that invests in early-stage internet companies with strong network effects. Two Small Fish Ventures' portfolio includes Skip the Dishes (acquired by Just Eat for $200 million), Ada (an AI startup valued at over US$1.2 billion), BenchSci (which raised a total of over $120 million) and Sheertex (which recently raised over $100 million, led by retail giant H&M).
Allen has commanded the stage at several notable events, including the Wall Street Journal's Future of Everything Festival, the TechCrunch Disrupt Conference, the Business Insider Global Trends Festival, Collision Conference, WIRED Business Conference, and APOS. Twice named one of the Top 50 Most Influential People by Toronto Life, Allen has also been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Canada's prestigious Report on Business Magazine, among other publications. Under his leadership, Wattpad has twice been named to Fast Company's World's Most Innovative Companies. In 2020, Allen was inducted into the Engineering Alumni Hall of Distinction of the University of Toronto.
Brandon is a Venture Partner at TSFV, where he focuses on AI and Blockchain. Prior to TSFV, he was the founding Data Scientist at Wattpad where he built and lead the evolution of the data platform. A machine learning pioneer in recommendation engines for long form content, Brandon grew and lead a team of data scientists, engineers and analysts scaling the system to support over 90 million active users per month. In January 2021, Wattpad was acquired by Naver, the South Korean internet conglomerate, in a transaction valued at more than USD $600 million / CAD $800 million.
Brandon holds a Bachelors degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
He started his career at Grant Thornton as a Business Risk Consultant, where his passion for understanding the intricacies of diverse businesses was seeded. Soon after, he worked as an advisory manager helping organizations from small to mid-size and multinational organizations in areas such as financial reporting.
Tarun holds an MBA from Schulich School of Business in Toronto, where he specialized in finance and entrepreneurship. He is also a Chartered Accountant and is awaiting his CFA charter, having cleared all levels. In his spare time, Tarun loves to teach Finance and Accounts to undergraduate students from schools all over Canada.
Aaleen is passionate about entrepreneurship, biotech, racial equity in the VC ecosystem, mental health advocacy, and good cups of coffee. She holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto.
The Creator Circle is more than just an advisory board. It's expertise redefined.
The Creator Circle is a unique group of gritty visionaries and leaders. They all have extensive experience in creating products or companies. From building something from nothing and scaling it to something exceptional. They are all reputable and proven leaders in our ecosystem.
Most importantly, they all choose to invest in TSFV. Every single one of them.
When our fund invests in your company, all these creators are part of your team because the success of your company directly effects their own investment. They have skin in the game.
We are different from many others in our ecosystem because Two Small Fish was started by entrepreneurs. We want to leverage our unique experience to help you build the next big thing. When we invest in your company, this amazing team of creators will also leverage their experience to help your company become massively successful – like theirs!