After joining the board in 2005, to advise company founders, Longbottom and business partner Jeff Potts fully acquired T-Base in 2011, transforming the company with substantial customer acquisition, team development and revenue growth, culminating in sale of the company to Gestalt Equity Partners in late 2014. As a board member and largest shareholder (with Potts) Longbottom helped steer the company towards a subsequent acquisition by Thompson Street Capital Partners in 2019.
An active venture, Longbottom co-founded Studio Sixty Six with partner Carrie Colton in 2013 to create a unique and important Ottawa arts venue in which to incubate and showcase the region's most significant artists. Longbottom provides Colton and Studio Sixty Six strategic guidance and general management advice.
After an early stage investment in 2007 into this innovative medical technology company, Longbottom joined the board and provides active strategic guidance to company founder/CEO. Investment continues, and TMS continues to pursue its ambitious goal of introducing clinical decision software systems, based on vital sign variability, to the bedside.
After purchasing a derelict heritage building on Flora Street in 2016, Longbottom led a team of Larchwood Urban Developments, Atelier 292, Studio Sixty Six, and Cresa PM to transform the property - readying it to house it's main tenant - Flora Hall Brewing! As building owner, brewery founder and controlling shareholder, we are working hard to create a truly special gathering spot in Ottawa's vibrant Centretown. Follow on FB @Florahallbrewing
After joining the board in 2003, Longbottom spent 6 years as chairman, and active advisor to company founder - helping the company secure venture financing and develop market position. In 2009, Longbottom negotiated support from institutional investors for a management buyout - a stablizing move for this important software company, as they continue to innovate in the software engineering space.
After a direct investment in Speechfront in 1999, Longbottom assisted the startup team in raising additional seed financing, and advised on go-to-market strategy. Speechfront was acquired by Nuance in late 2000.
After a direct investment in 2010 with several other supportive investors to rescue the restaurant and a weak operator from bankruptcy, frustration and chaos ensued, as the operator failed to respond to input and guidance. The Cat finally died in 2017. Note to self - no more restaurant investments without control!
After joining the company as EVP Security Appliances, assuming role of CEO in 2001, Longbottom reorganized, turning the flagging venture around, driving customer acquisition, product innovation and profitability, attracting a strategic acquisition by Rainbow/Safenet (now Gemalto/Thales) in late 2003.
Joining the team in 1995, serving as VP Sales and Marketing, and ultimately COO, Longbottom worked closely with founding team (led by CEO Jim McGee) driving significant revenue growth and major account development, resulting in the strategic acquisition by market gorilla Rational Software (now a division of IBM) in 2000 - where many original ObjecTimers continue to innovate and contribute to this day..
After a direct investment in 2005, Longbottom joined the board as Chairman, and worked closely with company founder to build and grow this venture, attracting important investments from leading funds in California, and Montreal. Continued investment as Interset Software, led to subsequent acquisition by Micro Focus in 2019.