Russell Ovans

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Gender MALE
Industry Technology
Occupation Computer Scientist
Location Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Introduction Computer scientist, educator, entrepreneur, father, author of Lord of the Files, and frustrated musician, Russell Ovans is the President of the Barkerville Brewing Co. Dr. Ovans earned a Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and has taught software engineering at the University of Victoria. He was the founding CEO of Backstage, a company that pioneered the monetization of social games on Facebook through the sale of virtual currency. After selling Backstage to RealNetworks in 2010, he retired to Scotland where he kept busy visiting 365 different pubs in 365 days. Upon his return to Canada he was an Executive-in-Residence at VIATeC.
Interests beer, entrepreneurship, startups, microbreweries, social aspects of computer science