Andrew Wilkinson is the founder of MetaLab, a design agency based in Vancouver, and Flow. MetaLab is the design team behind Slack which is now valued at $2.8 billion. Flow is a task management SaaS application for teams which is used by companies like Etsy, Tesla, Adobe, and TED.
Andrew Wilkinson is building a multi-million dollar empire. The entrepreneur, who was named one of "Canada's Top 40 Under 40" by the Financial Post in 2018, boasts an impressive list of companies within his portfolio. Andrew started by buying some apartments, before moving on to investing in tech startups. His latest acquisition? Tiny Capital in 2018. The company specializes in acquiring majority or whole stakes in “profitable, simple, and often boring” internet companies."
The billionaire has been quite a student in his time. After graduating from Oak Bay High School in 2004, he won a place at Ryerson University studying journalism. Whether he ever had any serious intention of working in media, who knows?
In 2006, Andrew Wilkinson dropped out of Ryerson and immediately launched into his first venture, MetaLab. The company experienced rapid growth, flushed with success he and his business partner Chris Sparling decided to plow the money into creating a portfolio of businesses that today form the holding company Tiny Capital. In 2013 they shifted focus from starting businesses to buying them – which proved remarkably successful.
How many has he sold?
Twentieth of the companies Wilkinson founded, he never sold two. Not that he’s averse to selling, he just finds dealing with private equity groups and hedge funds major hassle. “There have been many times I would’ve sold but they made it too complicated.”