I’m Bobbie the Founder & CEO of Virtual Gurus. Our company creates work from home opportunities for underserved people. We do this by leveraging technology to match the talent as back office support to businesses of all sizes. We currently have 700+ assistants working through the platform now and we are on a mission to hire 2000 more.
We recently closed a Series A funding round, and I am proud to say I am the only Indigenous Woman in Tech in Canada to do so.
Before Virtual Gurus, I worked as a safety technician in the energy industry. When the layoffs in oil and gas happened, I had a hard time finding a position, so I decided to create my own job and signed myself up as a freelance virtual assistant. I soon realized the agencies available at the time were failing to really deliver a sense of job security or satisfaction. I thought the only way to fix this was to create something myself, so the idea of Virtual Gurus was born, with a goal of providing meaningful work opportunities for underrepresented folx. I never planned to be an entrepreneur -- my original aspiration was to be a music teacher for deaf children!
During my downtime, I love spending time with my family, including my two Moms in Saskatchewan. They are both very hard working women. One of them was Saskatchewan’s first female carpenter; she built a lot of houses in Regina. My other Mom was always working, and still is to this day, when she should be retired. Their hard work influenced my work ethic.
For a while after high school, I became a mentor to Indigenous youth, some of whom were at-risk. The experience taught me that I have the power to use my culture to help other people who may not have had many opportunities.
I also volunteer my time with a few organizations, as I’m passionate about encouraging and mentoring the next generation of leaders. I’m a mentor for eCommere North, an Entreprenur in Residence at Platform Incubator, and a board member for the Telus Future Friendly Foundation.
Ask me anything about raising a Series A, evaluating investors, creating social impact, scaling a business, being an indigenous or LGBTQ person in tech, or anything else!