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 launching TSFV Eva was a founding team member of Wattpad, one of Canada’s most successful tech companies. As head of the community and content for the storytelling platform, she helped the company scale from hundreds to tens of millions of users.
Prior to Wattpad, she was director of product development of Brightspark Labs, a Toronto-based accelerator, where she mentored numerous local startups.
Eva continues to offer her time and expertise to help other tech companies succeed and is involved with many incubators and accelerators. She also serves on the board of many startups as well as Volta, Upside Foundation, and Branksome Hall.
Eva has a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.
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.
Tarun began his professional career at Grant Thornton as a Business Risk Consultant in 2012 while pursuing his undergraduate degree in Business at University of Mumbai, India.
His interest in understanding the intricacies of diverse businesses began around this time. Soon after, he worked as an advisory manager assisting organizations from small to mid-size and multinational organizations in areas such as financial reporting.
With a global business education and more than eight years of professional work experience, Tarun holds both a CFA and a CA charter. He also has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, with a focus on finance and entrepreneurship.
Previously Nazia was Chief of Staff at Wattpad. As COS she took on a variety of roles and responsibilities to optimize the CEO’s time for maximum productivity and impact. Nazia was also a key member of the deal team that managed the company’s acquisition, one of the largest exits in Canadian technology.
Nazia joined Wattpad as its first communications lead. In this role, she designed the company’s early narrative and messaging and executed a communications strategy that resulted in hundreds of articles in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail, Techcrunch, Business Insider, The Verge, and many more, as well as key executives taking the stage at notable events like WIRED Business Conference, SxSW, and Collision Conference.
Nazia is a seasoned communications professional with over 15 years of public relations, corporate communications, and marketing experience. Her work has been recognized by peers and industry, including the Canadian Public Relations Society and the International Association of Business Communicators.