It’s remarkable how many ways entrepreneurs find to give back after they sell their business; many commit to community and philanthropy. But Calgary entrepreneurs Nancy Knowlton and Dave Martin have taken it to a new level.
In 1987, the husband-and-wife team founded Smart Technologies, the producer of digital, interactive whiteboards that went public in 2012 in an $800-million IPO. After taking a break to recharge, the couple, now in their 60s, went back to work in 2014 and launched Nureva, which develops new video and audio technologies that facilitate collaboration and teaching.
Smart was a hard act to follow: after a sluggish start, its sales grew at an annual rate of 35% for 13 years. Why jump back into the fray now, at an age when others might retire? Knowlton and Martin say it’s their way of giving back. Not by contributing to good causes, but by bringing innovation
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