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Who is DREW GREEN? Inside the Mind of Perennial Entrepreneur and CEO of INDOCHINO

One of Canada’s most prolific entrepreneurs, Drew has been an executive and chairman across multiple businesses, one of his greatest feats perhaps is building Indochino. If you’ve heard of it, then you most definitely have ordered a suit or two from it. Tuning in from Indochino HQ, we’re here today with the CEO Drew Green to discuss all things under the smoky haze of the Vancouver sky. Drew opens up about his philosophy as an entrepreneur, father, and contributing member of society. Find out how he turned Indochino from a niche brand into a global phenom, the moments he’s been most proud of in his career, and how he structures his day to day life by striving to inspire. This is a must listen to interview.

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“There is a lot of power in saying 'I don’t know.' It’s actually a gift not to know.”
Drew Green
CEO of Indochino

the substance.

In this episode, you’ll hear about:

  • Drew’s philosophical take on leading an inspired life
  • What it looks like to successfully prioritize your happiness 
  • On keeping track of his daily goals through a 25-year-old spreadsheet 
  • A snippet on building Indochino into a global brand

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guest bio.

Drew Green is an award winning Chief Executive Officer, entrepreneur and expert in managing fast-paced, high-growth companies. A visionary leader, Green has created one of the world’s fastest growing apparel brands. Since 2015, he has established significant strategic capital and global alliances that have led to over 500% growth, and enhanced profitability KPIs. Previously recognized as Top 40 Under 40, as well as CEO of the year, Green has been recognized for his accomplishments throughout his career. In 2017, Green was awarded the Innovation in Retail award by the University of Alberta. In 2018, he was awarded Breakout Retailer of the Year by Chain Store Age and was selected as the Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young.

Green’s vision, decisiveness and commitment has grown INDOCHINO over 5X, in just four years, while turning the company EBITDA positive since 2017. Over the past four years, INDOCHINO launched and then expanded its retail network across North America to include 55 showrooms by the end of 2019, with more than 20 additional showrooms planned for 2020.

Over the past four years, Drew has established up to $100M CDN in strategic long term capital commitments from Madrona Venture Partners, Highland Consumer, Dayang Group, Mitsui & Co and Post Media, setting the company on a path to become a globally recognized brand.

INDOCHINO continues to focus on innovation. In 2018, the company expanded beyond formalwear into new categories to include custom casual pants, casual shirts, shorts and outerwear. Drew is committed to continuously improving fabric assortment, enhancing the product and reducing delivery times to become the undisputed worldwide leader in custom apparel.

Prior to INDOCHINO, Drew founded and was CEO of SHOP.CA, Canada’s first multi-merchant marketplace, which is now owned by EMERGE COMMERCE, a company he leads as Chairman and major shareholder. EMERGE has successfully combined six eCommerce brands globally over the past two years and raised significant capital towards global expansion. Throughout his career, Drew has played key leadership roles at companies that have created billions in shareholder value: DoubleClick (acquired by Google), SHOP.COM (acquired by Market America) and Flonetwork (acquired by DoubleClick).

A sought after technology, ecommerce and retail expert, Drew has presented to hundreds of thousands of industry peers, leaders, students and entrepreneurs through events, conferences and educational forums. Over his career, Drew has been quoted in more than 3,000 articles including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail, National Post, Washington Post, Toronto Star, Fortune, Forbes, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg, BNN, CNN and CBC.

As an enthusiastic champion of Canadian Entrepreneurs, Drew has become a founder, chairman and/or a shareholder for 25 private companies that drive innovation and growth across commerce, consumer products, artificial intelligence, technology and real estate industries. Drew is a proud member of the Board of Directors at The Scarborough Hospital Foundation, which oversees a network of hospitals in one of the most underprivileged and underfunded urban areas in Canada. He plans to significantly redevelop this Canadian district in the decades ahead through an EMERALD CITY vision he’s developed.

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