About Us

C. Paul Slaby – Managing Director

I’m an entrepreneurial technology business specialist with deep expertise in building successful companies and business units, taking them from napkin sketch to revenue and investment exit. As a founder, hired-gun CEO and angel investor, I’ve experienced it all – in addition to my PHD in technology, I also claim an MBA from the School of Hard Knocks.

Based on decades of experience in raising multiple rounds of multi-million financing for a variety of tech companies, Yariba Tech provides specialized fundraising support and project management services that save you the time and energy you need to focus on your core business.

Think of me as your “CEO-Sidekick”; someone with practical experience who’s been there and done that, who’s pragmatic, loyal and available as needed to deliver the support to grow your business.

Successful fundraising experiences

  • raising $300-500K angel seed funding for several startups,
  • multiple IRAP projects varying from $50-500K
  • OCE R&D grants
  • CIIRDC $800K international R&D grant
  • Multiple YEP employment grants
  • Several EUREKA (EU-Canada) international collaboration $600K projects
  • SR&ED claims with up to $1M cash refunds
  • Export Market Access (EMA) grants
  • CFDC $200K equity investment
  • Debt based financing
  • Venture Capital rounds ranging from $2-15M
  • M&A transactions

Tech venture building experiences

  • Nortel – R&D management of new technologies
  • Atmos Corporation (semiconductor company) – founded, built it, sold it
  • MicroSemiX (offshore engineering) – founded, ran it, sold it
  • VoIPShield Systems (IT security) – co-founder
  • Kaben Wireless – hired CEO; tripled revenue in 2 years
  • Teslonix – privately funded; Founder & CEO
  • Yariba Tech – consulting and supporting management services

Innovation & Commercialization

  • Strategic Microelectronics Development for Industry Canada
  • Technology Advisor to Paul Castrucci & Associates
  • CMC LDW Evaluation
  • Advisor to Carleton University Foundry Programme
  • International R&D Facility Project for BNR
  • Future Semi Fab Study for Fluor Daniel Inc 
  • New Technology Evaluation for Hewlett Packard 

Let’s work together.


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