Ray Sharma

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Ray Sharma
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Ray Sharma presents on the evolution of the mobile application economy at Rotman School of Management in Toronto, Canada on February 1, 2012.
Born (1973-12-25) December 25, 1973 (age 43)
Anandpur Sahib, Punjab, India
Alma mater University of Western Ontario
Richard Ivey School of Business
Occupation Executive Manager of Extreme Venture Partners

Ray Sharma is the co-founder and executive manager of Extreme Venture Partners, the founder of XMG Studio and a super angel investor. [1][2][3][4][5][6]

Education and career[edit]

Sharma was born in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab, India.[2] He obtained his degree in Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario.[7]

Sharma started his career in the global investment banking industry where he worked as a stock market analyst, focusing on wireless-related technology companies.[1][2] Sharma has also served as a member of the Ontario Judicial Council.[8]

Sharma is an angel investor and has invested in venture capital rounds during early-stage funding. His private investments have included Xtreme Labs, Extreme Venture Partners, Athabasca Oil (IPO), Bridgewater (IPO), and Cancervax (IPO).[1][9][10] In 2009, he founded XMG Studio, a mobile games studio in Toronto, Canada and co-founded Extreme Venture Partners.[2][11]

In addition, Sharma has spoken at mobile industry events including Interactive Ontario’s iP3 Forum, the 2013 Milken Institute Global Conference, the 2012 Application Developers Conference hosted by Scotia Capital and the 2010 CTIA Mobile Web and Apps WorldForum.[3][4][12][13] In February 2013, Sharma participated in a discussion panel with Tony Clement and other entrepreneurs and developers over the open data made available by the Canadian government.[14][15] Through XMG Studio, he founded The Great Canadian Appathon in 2011, an app-building competition for Canadian college students.[5][16][17]

Sharma has contributed as a guest author for Pocket Gamer and The Globe and Mail and serves on the Royal Ontario Museum Board of Trustees as well as the Government of Canada's Advisory Panel on Open Government.[18][19][20][4][21]

He is the creator of Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE), which is Canada's largest open data hackathon.[22][23]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "RIM signs U.K. deal". Ottawa Business Journal. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "XMG Studio scouts for partner in India". Business Standard. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Someday, Your Smartphone Will Actually Improve Your Life". U.S. News. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Ray Sharma talks about mobile, apps and games". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 29 October 2013.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "The_Globe_and_Mail" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  5. ^ a b "A second wind: Extreme Venture Partners looks to 'import' entrepreneurs, invest in IoT, Big Data". Financial Post. Retrieved 28 October 2014.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Financial_Post" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  6. ^ "Extreme Venture Partners Returns with Fund II". Tech Vibes. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ray Sharma". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Fifteenth Annual Report" (PDF). Ontario Judicial Court. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Venture capital drought over, would-be entrepreneurs told". IT Business. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Ray Sharma" (PDF). XMG. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "High score? Candy Crush readies for a public debut". 18 February 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Portable Media and the Business and Technology of iDevices". Media Caster. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Developers speak: BlackBerry is making great progress". CrackBerry. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "TBS Prez Tony Clement talks open data at 'first ever' ministerial Google+ hangout". CBC News. Archived from the original on July 31, 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "Tony Clement discusses open data during Google+ hangout". Global News. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Can an Appathon create the next big thing in one weekend?". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Great Canadian Appathon [4] Awards $35,000 To Student Game Makers". 14 February 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "XMG Studio's Ray Sharma points to the creative power of 48 hours hackathons". Pocket Gamer.biz. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  19. ^ "ROM Trustees". Royal Ontario Museum. Archived from the original on June 23, 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  20. ^ "Agency Members Biographies". Public Appointments Secretariat. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "Advisory Panel on Open Government". 
  22. ^ "Minister Clement Celebrates the Launch of CODE". 28 February 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  23. ^ "Canada-wide hackathon to create apps using Canadian government data". 20 January 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 

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