Allen is the CEO and co-founder of Toronto based Wattpad. He leads the company’s efforts to transform how people discover, create and engage with stories across multiple platforms, including the top-rated Wattpad app with over 60 million monthly users. Today, entertainment companies work with Wattpad to adapt stories for other platforms; these stories have become blockbuster movies, hit television series, and bestselling books around the world. Since its inception in 2006, Wattpad raised US$118 million from top VCs in Silicon Valley, New York, Canada and Asia.
Prior to Wattpad, Allen was CEO and co-founder of FeedM8, a mobile advertising company that was acquired by Upstream Systems. In 2001, Allen co-founded Tira Wireless, a venture-backed mobile gaming and technology company. As CTO of Tira, Allen was responsible for its product vision, strategy and R&D. Tira raised over $30 million in funding from US and Canadian VCs.
Allen received his Bachelor and Master degrees from University of Toronto’s Electrical Engineering program.