Hi! I’m Sylvia, a tech professional. I’m the CEO of ReturnBear, a reverse logistics company with a mission to reduce waste in ecommerce return logistics. I also run my own brand of cancer care boxes called Amidira (I’m a cancer survivor). I’m formerly the GM of Shopify’s Start product line, where I tackled the problem of creating more entrepreneurs in the world through education, community, and tooling. Before that I was the VP of Product & Growth at 500px, one of the world’s largest photography platforms backed by A16z. And before that? I’ve held past roles at Google, eBay, OANDA, and ScribbleLive.
I started my career in data which led to doing growth and product work and me getting my Masters in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University. This blog started out as me sharing my thoughts on growth and product, but cancer hit, and over time it’s just become my talks and podcasts, plus my musings on women in tech.
This blog has been listed by Ty Magnin at Appcues as one of the 21 Best Growth Hacking Blogs to Follow and I’ve been named one of the Canadian 50 Inspiring Women in STEM.
Select Speaking Engagements
- World Product Day 2018
- GrowthHackers.com AMA
- Mobile Growth Toronto
- SMX Toronto
- Data Marketing Conference (2014 and 2016)
- WatrHub Big Data Talk
- SORA (Southern Ontario Chapter of American Statistical Association)
- Big Data Toronto 2017
- Filling the Gap TO
- Carleton University Faculty of Engineering and Design Roadmaps Lecture
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