My name is Austin Hill. I’m a Canadian entrepreneur and angel investor.
I was born in Ottawa during the summer of 1973.
I spent most of my childhood growing up in Calgary, Alberta (whether I ever actually grew up is subject to opinion).
I currently spend my time in between Montreal, Toronto and Calgary with frequent visits to the Bay Area.
I got my first computer in 1980 – it was a Vic-20.
I was twelve when I got my first modem, started a BBS and started exploring the online world.
I think my career opportunities as a programmer peaked somewhere in between Applesoft Basic and TurboPascal on my Macintosh 128k. Despite these limitations as a programmer, my dream growing up was to be a technology entrepreneur. While other kids dreamt of Hollywood or Wall Street my dreams were about the Homebrew Computer Club and Silicon Valley. My heroes were geeks who built companies. Lucky for me it turns out I had skills other than programming that would come in handy.
I consider myself incredibly fortunate to be working as a technology entrepreneur for my entire professional career. I didn’t finish high school since I caught the entrepreneurial bug a few credits shy of my high school diploma and dropped out to start a company. I don’t recommend this, but it was the road less traveled and it’s been an interesting adventure.