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About JS Cournoyer

In pursuit of balance

I am a father of 5 wonderful children and a husband. I married my high school sweetheart and love my wife and kids more than anything. I am a family man first, although my wife may disagree and it wasn’t always that way.

I’m a VC and entrepreneur. I’m a co-founder and partner of Montreal Startup and Real Ventures, seed funds investing in web, mobile, software, digital media and gaming. I love working with entrepreneurs. They are the driving force of our world. Being an entrepreneur is hard. Being one helps me relate with the entrepreneurs I meet and work with. I meet every entrepreneur I can.

I live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, one of best cities in the world. I love Montreal for many reasons. It is diverse, international, pro startups and bilingual. It has its own local music, TV, movie and art scene. You can’t find a bad restaurant in Montreal and most importantly, it’s a great place to raise a family.

I’m French Canadian, and as such, speak French at home. It is important to me that my kids grow up to know French as much as I do so that my grandchildren can speak to me in French.

I love sports. I practice ice hockey, which I played in College. I started swimming in 2008 and did the 10K traversee du lac megantic in 2009. Will do it again. I run and bike to work when I can. I see triathlons in my future. I started kite surfing this summer. We’ll see.

I love music and food. I cook, do the dishes and do the groceries. Don’t ask me why, I just do. I also spend a lot of time driving my kids around.

I studied Physics at Middlebury College where I also learned English, so you’ll have to bear with me.

I believe in generosity, honesty, fairness, equality, hard work, making the world a better place, and providing more to the world and the people I interact with than I take back. I call this the net positive principle. I try to raise my kids this way, but its not easy. If every human being lived this way, the world would be a much better place. I’m getting there. I try to spend most of my time with people who abide by this principle, but they’re not easy to find.

I believe that with the constant evolution of technologies such as social networking, automatic translation, smart systems, access to information, computing power and communications networks, and the application of information technologies to other fields, we are likely to experience in our lifetime disruptive changes to government, democracy, energy, food, healthcare, age expectancy and education on a global scale. If we work together, there is no reason why every human being cannot have the same access to food, water, education, healthcare, personal realization and happiness. We are one tribe after all.

I have yet to find balance in my life, but I’m working on it.