About

Lon mcgowan
founder, canard

You know the age old question — if you were a bird, what type of bird would it be? It's important to know who you are as an entrepreneur. And what I've learned about myself over the years is that I'm not made out to be a vulture. I'm a duck. Le canard, en français. Yes, I’m now a venture capitalist, but I am more comfortable paddling like hell under water with my entrepreneurial flock than vulturing over the scraps of startups on the surface. Don't get me wrong though, I love to see the businesses I invest in soar. The difference with me is that I do everything I can do to help them, because I’m in it with them. Which is why I only invest in people and ideas that I’m truly passionate about.

I founded Canard Ventures in 2014 as a small holding company for some of my early investments. It quickly grew to be the cornerstone of my professional endeavors. Through Canard I invest in startups, incubate in-house ventures, and collaborate on design and architecture projects.

I believe good design matters, that profitability is paramount, and that great people are always more important than great ideas.

About

Restaurants are tough business. Yet, we are captivated by hospitality's unique challenges that play to our strengths of interior design, community building, and good eats. We have launched two hospitality concepts in Boulder that we're gearing up to expand nationwide.

Team

Lon McGowan

Lon McGowan

Founder

Lon started his first company, iClick, in Seattle in 2001. Since then, he has founded or partnered in dozens of ventures in a variety of industries including hospitality, fast-casual restaurants, packaged foods, consumer retail, publishing, creative, overseas sourcing, and vertically integrated manufacturing. Lon started Canard to manage and scale his growing investment portfolio of emerging brands. He believes in profit sharing, investing in people over ideas, and that good design really does matter. His spirit animal is a duck, or en français, le canard.

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Jon Baker

Jon Baker

CEO Hospitality

Many entrepreneurs thrive most during the inception of a company. Then there are the folks that come in behind founders and run with the big ideas. Jon proudly falls in the second camp. With a background in operations, Jon is driving the growth of our food and beverage investments all the while keeping an eye out for strategic opportunities for Canard. He lives in the mountains just outside Boulder with his wife and three kids.

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Brett Russell

Brett Russell

Director of Operations Hospitality

Brett's love affair with the restaurant business began when he was a little tike and used to tag along with his dad to business meetings at The Palm in downtown Dallas, and then solidified the first time he saw the long take scene in Goodfellas at the Copacabana. As long as he can remember, he always wanted to be a restaurateur. Brett has owned and operated his own restaurant group, as well as managed Regional Operations for Snooze an AM Eatery, helping them grow from a small Colorado company to a national player. He lives in Golden, Colorado with his wife and kids, and enjoys eating and drinking his way through new cities whenever he can, and sleeping in the back of his truck with his dogs in the woods when he can't.

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Dory Troutman

Dory Troutman

Finance & Accounting

When you think "accountant" it probably doesn't conjure up a person who has biked Scotland from coast to coast, or someone who has an herbalist certification, yet here we are, talking about Dory, Canard's in-house accountant. Dory grew up on the west coast, and while she still yearns for the ocean, hiking through the wildflowers of her home in Nederland isn't too bad of a consolation. A public accountant for 15 years, Dory loves numbers, almost as much as she loves working in her garden.

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