You know, the age old question — if your business were a bird, what type of bird would it be? It's important to know who you are as a company. And what we've learned about ourselves over the years is that we're not made out to be vultures.

We're Canard.

We're venture people, but really, we're passion people. Don't get us wrong though, we love to see the businesses we invest in soar. The difference with us is that we do everything we can do to help them, because we're in it with them. Which is why we only invest in people and ideas that we're truly passionate about.

A bird of a different venture.

Portfolio & Work

We are continuously seeking the balance between investing in our own ventures and those of others. We surround ourselves with friends that share in our ethos that good design really does matter.

In addition to financial capital, Canard adds value to its portfolio companies with brand strategy, product manufacturing, access to the right people, and a discerning eye for aesthetics.
Investment Type Key
House Brand
→ Majority Ownership
→ Direct Minority Investment
BCV Fund
→ Indirect Investment With Batshit Crazy Ventures
→ No Investment, Exclusively Partnered on Branding or Design


Some say it takes a village. We're making do with just the six of us.
Lon McGowan

Lon McGowan

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 in French, le canard.
Jim Heekin

Jim Heekin

Jim is the best. He's such a neat guy and so creative. He's too modest to tell you that, so I will. I'll also tell you that his creative journey has been vast and rich. It all started as a copywriter at Grey in New York City where he cut his teeth on brands like Etrade, Captain Morgan, Febreze, and many more. He moved to Boulder in 2010 to help run brands like Best Buy and Bing at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, and to raise a family. After four great years he decided to leave them (CPB, not his family) and help Al Gore try to save the world (Climate Reality Project). Jim has created everything from SuperBowl ads to sandwich boards and loves a stiff challenge.
Jon Baker

Jon Baker

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.
Justin McKinley

Justin McKinley

Justin's skills range from art direction and illustration to creative strategy and graphic design. Invite him to coffee and he'll likely share stories about art, bikes, motorcycles, coffee, camping, design, dogs, furniture and Fleetwood Mac. He has been a part of in-house creative teams delivering award-winning work for national brands, he's collaborated with business owners, engineers, developers, creative directors, product designers, and strategists.
Dory Troutman

Dory Troutman

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.
Andrea Potas

Andrea Potas

Hailing from the great city of Yankton, South Dakota, Andrea is our resident fashionista and the gal who keeps us organized. With a love for fashion and travel she has been a resident of New York, Alaska and Hawaii working as a personal stylist before settling in Colorado with her husband and baby daughter. When not keeping the conversations going at work you can find her getting creative in the kitchen, handstanding in the mountains and having dance parties with her fam.

Connect With Us

We are located in Miami, FL and Boulder, CO. Socially distanced meetings welcomed beachside, along trails of the rocky mountains and virtually, of course.

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2790 Valmont Road Boulder, CO 80304 USA

Pitch Us

Have An Idea That Will Change The World?

We're always on the hunt for opportunities to invest in ambitious, intelligent, and compassionate entrepreneurs. Our Canard fund invests between $25,000-$100,000 per investment in both venture and debt financing.

What We Are Looking For

  • Brand-forward concepts with a keen eye for design
  • Led by Founder(s)
  • Seed and Pre-Seed rounds, only
  • Both pre-revenue and revenue generating businesses considered


While most VC's rely only on their private network to source deals, we believe in open access to capital for as many entrepreneurs as possible. That means that we are willing to explore investment opportunities outside of our professional network. No warm intros needed. If you've got a great idea, we want to hear it.

Send us an Outpost so we can review your idea. We'll then reach out if we think it's a fit.