Leonard Brody

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Leonard Brody is a Canadian venture capitalist, author[1] and media commentator.[2] He has helped in raising money for startup companies, been through a number of internet IPOs and has been involved in the building, financing and/or sale of more than five companies to date.[3]

In 2004, Brody co-founded, and was CEO of, NowPublic, a citizen journalism online news source.[4] In 2007, the company was named by Time Magazine as one of the top 50 websites in the world,[5] was inducted into the Newseum in Washington and was recently acquired by the Anschutz Corporation.[6] Currently he sits as the President of the Clarity Digital Group [7] responsible for overseeing one of the largest online news conglomerates in the world including Examiner.com and NowPublic, which between them, share over 30 million unique visitors a month and over 300,000 contributors.

Brody was the Senior Technology Advisor to the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Trade. Currently, he is one of the co-founders of GrowLab, a Vancouver & San Francisco based accelerator.

His work has been featured in such publications as Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC and the New York Times[citation needed] . He is co-author of the best selling books, "Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Jurassic Park to Java" and "Everything I Needed to Know About Business...I Learned from a Canadian" both published by John Wiley & Sons.[8][9]

Brody holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Queen's University, a law degree from Osgoode Hall and is a graduate of the Private Equity Course at the Harvard Business School.[citation needed]

Brody owns a stake in Coventry City Football Club in the UK and until November 2011 served on the board.[citation needed]


  • Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Jurassic Park to Java. ISBN 0-470-83202-9 (with Ken Grant, Matt Holland (writer) - Toronto: Wiley, 2002.
  • Everything I Needed to Know About Business...I learned from a Canadian. Toronto: Wiley, 2005. ISBN 0-470-83637-7 (with David Raffa)