Bruce Croxon

Bruce Croxon

Toronto, Ontario
Digital Investor - Co-Host of 'The Disrupt' BNN Bloomberg - Successful Entrepreneur
Bruce Croxon is a managing partner of Round 13 Capita, and co-host of The Disruptors, BNN’s most recent, original TV program that spotlights Canadian digital innovators. He is a digital pioneer and a successful entrepreneur. In his starting businessman career, in 1998, he co-founded Lavalife, one of the first online dating sites and grew this early tech start-up into the marquee brand in online dating with over 2,000,000 users and led the sale of the company for 180 million dollars in 2004 and stayed on as CEO until 2006. Bruce has over 20 years of experience assisting start-up businesses in their growth and has participated in CBC's Dragon's Den for three years as an investor.
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  • Personal Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Business Growth
  • Business Management
  • Business Technology
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Board Meetings & Strategic Advisory
  • Career Development
  • Celebrity
  • Conference
  • Conferences & Summits
  • Corporate Audience
  • Corporations & Businesses


Bruce Croxon is a managing partner of Round 13 Capita, and co-host of The Disruptors, BNN’s most recent, original TV program that spotlights Canadian digital innovators. He is a digital pioneer and a successful entrepreneur who started his first business in 1998 and successfully sold it at 180 million dollars in 2004.

Bruce enjoys talking to business owners and sharing his insights. Bruce has over 20 years of experience assisting start-up businesses in their growth and has participated in CBC’s Dragon’s Den for three years as an investor. The visions and principles necessary to create firms in a dynamic commercial climate are particularly important to Bruce.

By co-founding Lavalife in 1988, Bruce established himself as a digital pioneer long before the term “social networking” became fashionable. This early digital start-up under his leadership developed into the leading name in online dating, with over 2,000,000 subscribers (and countless happy weddings!). With the help of his partners, he oversaw the sale of the business for an astounding 180 million dollars after its meteoric rise.

Bruce is presently expanding the scope of his experience; he is the CEO of Round13, a business that invests in Canadian digital startups in their development stages. He co-hosts The Disruptors, a weekly programme on BNN and CTV that features Canadian businesses, and he thinks our entrepreneurs can compete with anyone in the world.

He invests personally in the health and wellness industry and is the owner of the Vida network of upscale holistic spas on Canada’s west coast. Most recently, he made an investment in FEAST, a Toronto-based luxury food store that caters to allergy sufferers.

Over the course of his three years as an investor on CBC’s Dragons’ Den (2011–2013), Bruce added a wide range of companies and goods to his portfolio, including Balzac’s Coffee and EnRICHed Academy, which capitalize on his enthusiasm for digital media, marketing, and doing good in the world.

Bruce is always up for “going offline” to embrace his second love – the great outdoors. He considers Canada’s terrain to be his personal backyard, where he enjoys surfing, golfing, and kayaking. He spends his leisure time on the exhilarating slopes of Whistler Blackcomb, whether by bike or ski.

Bruce likes spending time away with his wife and two children at his eco-friendly home, which is set on an island in gorgeous Georgian Bay. Bruce lives in Toronto with his family and is an outspoken advocate for Anaphylaxis Canada.



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Bruce Croxon Topic Presentations

surviving and prospering in a period of unprecedented disruption

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  • Through the network effect of connected devices, we are arguably in the greatest period of change since the Internet was commercialized in the mid 90’s. What is going on, how fast, who is being impacted and what can today’s businesses do to adapt to an environment where nothing seems to stay the same.

the formula for innovative success

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  • Innovation and risk-taking go hand in hand. In order for an entrepreneur and organization to continuously innovate and succeed, they must be willing to take calculated risks, make mistakes and most importantly learn from them.

    Bruce Croxon will reveal his entrepreneurial journey and lessons learned in building the Lavalife organization into a 100 million dollar company. Providing informed insights on what it takes to achieve success in today’s ever fast paced and demanding entrepreneurial environment.

values & vision - at the heart of an organization

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  • With a strong vision and a belief in the power of partnerships, Bruce Croxon helped Lavalife grow to 600 employees, achieve almost  $100 million in revenue, and to ultimately sell the business for over $170 million. Under his direction as Partner and CEO, this early tech start-up became the marquee brand in online dating with over two million users (and countless successful marriages!).

    Bruce Croxon shares with audiences the importance of having a company vision, defining core values, believing in organizational development, and other lessons learned throughout his successful career.

got passion? - the life of an entrepreneur - only the passionate need apply

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  • To be a successful entrepreneur takes more than a great idea and a desire to build a great company. To be truly successful, you need passion. Bold all-consuming passion. Bruce Croxon shares how passion can tip the scales of success and addresses the challenges of balancing 24/7 business passion with your life’s commitments and desires.

building a brand - bruce croxon’s lavalife revolutionized how people connect

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  • Bruce Croxon and his partners at Lavalife tackled the socially stigmatized world of personals to become a category leader and one of Canada’s great success stories. How do you market your business when your happy customers are too shy to admit they use your service? You change perceptions. You change stigma into a great story. Lavalife made it desirable to connect online.

    Today, if you’re single and aren’t looking online, you’re missing out. That mindset is now incorporated into the undeniable social media lifestyle of our culture. Bruce Croxon shows organizations the importance of redefining a brand through marketing. That no matter what the challenges are, businesses can reinvent themselves and thrive.

entrepreneurship by collaboration

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  • There are successful maverick entrepreneurs – but they are the exception and stand out because of it. Most successful businesses are built of partnership and collaboration.

    “The results of the group far outweigh those of the individual, every time,” says Bruce Croxon, digital pioneer and co-founder of Lavalife.

    Bruce guides the audience along the exciting and intense entrepreneurial path, describing — through his own experiences and informed insight — what it takes to achieve success in today’s ever faster and demanding entrepreneurial environment.

building a corporate culture by design, not default

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  • Clear vision and unwavering values are the driving force that built Lavalife into a 100 million dollar business. Often entrepreneurial success is defined retrospectively — not so with Lavalife, whose executive team were early adopters, not only of technology, but of organizational development strategy.

    Bruce Croxon shares his philosophy for business growth and success, and how the impact of decisions guided by core values, benefits recruitment, culture, innovation, and ultimately success.

marketing lessons from a social networking pioneer

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  • Bruce Croxon shares marketing strategies and tales from the trenches from his vantage point at the helm of the very first online social network.

    Having navigated Lavalife from its start in the 80s as Telepersonals, a telephone-based dating service, Bruce recounts how getting on-side emerging trends and influencing societal shifts revolutionized how people connect and led to Lavalife’s 97% brand recognition in Canada.


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Articles & Media

Croxon: Business is in his blood

The Chronicles

Flying high in the business world is never easy. But Dragon’s Den’s Bruce Croxon has worked hard throughout his life to take to the sky and soar. Croxon is a small-town guy you may well recognize. His achievements including his work as a former investor on the CBC show Dragon’s Den, and as...

Bruce Croxon: Lifelong Entrepreneur

University of Toroto

Long before "social networking" became a buzzword, Bruce Croxon made his mark as a digital pioneer by co-founding the beginnings of Lavalife in 1988. Under his direction, this early tech start-up grew into the marquee brand in online dating with over 2,000,000 users (and countless successful...

Former ‘Dragon’ Bruce Croxon to kick off new entrepreneurship speaker series Feb. 9

Inside NC

NC’s schools of Business and Management, and Hospitality, Tourism and Sport, have launched a new virtual speaker series to shine the spotlight on entrepreneurship with two exciting upcoming speakers on the roster. The series will kick off on February 9 at 9:30 a.m. with former Dragon’s Den...



Former Dragon Bruce Croxon Talks Start-ups and Growing Your Business:



Meet Bruce Croxon, our new Dragon.


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