Startup Canada Podcast: Building A Global Company In Canada With Mike McDerment


Mike McDerment is the founder and CEO of Freshbooks, the world’s number one cloud-based accounting software for self-employed professionals and entrepreneurs. McDerment designed Freshbooks to meet the accounting needs of individuals across all fields, from designers, marketing professionals, plumbers, architects and everyone in between.

“I would hope, if you are Canadian, you are saying “I can build a global company,” McDerment said.

In this week’s episode, McDerment reflects on his humble beginnings of starting Freshbooks and why he created a secret competitor company, BillSpring.

The Startup Canada Podcast Show is a production of Startup Canada, a grassroots, entrepreneur-led movement to bring together, celebrate, and give a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurship community. On the podcast, award-winning entrepreneur host Rivers Corbett speaks with the movers and shakers of Canada’s entrepreneurship community to give a glimpse into the future of business, and share insights on everything from social innovation to the future of work, investing, and why we need to think bigger to take our businesses global. Join Rivers Corbett for new episodes every Tuesday airing at 10 AM ET for lessons, trends, and opportunities in entrepreneurship from Vancouver to Fredericton; and Israel to Peru.

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