Hello & Bonjour !
My name is Lon McGowan.
I am an American entrepreneur and investor living in France. This is my advisory and investment studio — Canard.

About Canard

Since 2011 I have founded, partnered, invested, and advised companies in a variety of industries including consumer tech, hospitality, food & beverage, retail, publishing, brand creative, overseas product sourcing, and domestic manufacturing. I founded Canard to manage and scale my growing investment and advisory portfolio. I believe in profit sharing, investing in people over ideas, and that good design really does matter.

Sharing Profits

Shortly after graduating with a BS in business from CU Boulder in 2001 I migrated to Seattle and bootstrapped my first company, iClick. Ten years later I grew it large enough that it outgrew me. I no longer possessed the passion or capabilities to manage the operations. I hired Jeff Hall, a seasoned executive, to take the helm. I stepped aside to advise on higher level decisions and pursue new ventures. Jeff and the rest of our super-stellar team stabilized the business and grew the company 6x in 8 years. I implemented an employee profit sharing plan in 2012 that shares nearly one quarter of annual profits with our employees. I remain iClick's only shareholder. Each year when we divide and distribute the profits at our holiday party it reminds me that selling a company is not the only viable exit. It's not the only way to win. Building something valuable, together, to be shared, can be equally, if not more, rewarding. I have shared Google sheets template for our profit share plan that you can use here.

Advisory & Investments

Growth Strategy

Profit Sharing

Product Development

Creative Direction

Promotional Products

OEM/ODM Sourcing

Reach out if you think my expertise or investment capital can help you or your company thrive.


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