Keith Bates, CEO

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Keith has been an creative executive and investor in the technology and media industries for 20 years. Outside of Windigo Bay Group, he has run four companies as CEO and raised over $14 million in venture capital for them. As a VC and entrepreneur, Keith's investees were sold for over $130 million, with IRRs over 65 percent. Keith's VC investments in Plazmic won the CVCA Deal of the Year Award.

Keith has done deals with Disney, Reuters, Sony, Cineplex, AOL, Sun Microsystems, Torstar, Gannett, Accent Health and many more. He is a co-inventor on four patent applications. Early in his career he was a producer of two award-winning feature films (RoadKill and Highway 61)—running rights acquisitions, financings, distribution and ancillary rights deals. His full profile can be seen at LinkedIn here. Keith lives in Toronto, Canada. He has a law degree from Dalhousie, and articled at Davies Ward & Beck with a focus on mergers, securitisations and corporate transactions. Contact him here.

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Velo is out to revolutionize messaging. velo emerged from stealth mode in summer 2017. Windigo bay played a vital role in the development of this product,  and the pivot of the software company that owned it.

Velo is out to revolutionize messaging. velo emerged from stealth mode in summer 2017. Windigo bay played a vital role in the development of this product,  and the pivot of the software company that owned it.

scout, by kibboko, was an advanced content recommendation platform. its ui was a vast leap ahead of rivals taboola and outbrain at the time. scout served over 30 million unique visitors. KEITH BATES led product development and served as kibboko's ceo.

scout, by kibboko, was an advanced content recommendation platform. its ui was a vast leap ahead of rivals taboola and outbrain at the time. scout served over 30 million unique visitors. KEITH BATES led product development and served as kibboko's ceo.

PLAZMIC's media engine WAS LIKE FLash on mobile. it shipped on over 200 million blackberries. plazmic was acquired by blackberry (rim). keith bates was the original vc investor in plazmic, and later became its ceo, leading the company to succeSs and earning the top vc industry award for high irr exit.

PLAZMIC's media engine WAS LIKE FLash on mobile. it shipped on over 200 million blackberries. plazmic was acquired by blackberry (rim). keith bates was the original vc investor in plazmic, and later became its ceo, leading the company to succeSs and earning the top vc industry award for high irr exit.

roadkill haD a budget of $300,000 and became a hit. it broke new ground for a canadian indie film by releasing a soundtrack lp. keith bates handled financing, distribution and ancillary revenue deals.

roadkill haD a budget of $300,000 and became a hit. it broke new ground for a canadian indie film by releasing a soundtrack lp. keith bates handled financing, distribution and ancillary revenue deals.

highway 61, the follow-up, had a budget of $1.8 million. It won awards internationally and had an acclaimed soundtrack. keith bates handled financing, distribution and ancillary revenue deals.

highway 61, the follow-up, had a budget of $1.8 million. It won awards internationally and had an acclaimed soundtrack. keith bates handled financing, distribution and ancillary revenue deals.


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