Northwest Passage Ventures

We partner with entrepreneurs who want to build great businesses.

Who We Are

Northwest Passage Ventures is a consulting firm focused on early-stage high growth companies. We give you the tools, knowledge and deep industry connections to accelerate your growth and realize your vision. Our principals have deep capital markets knowledge and a proven track record of delivering tangible results to companies across a wide range of industries. We are focused on understanding your unique needs, customizing solutions that work for you and executing on a strategy that delivers long term value.



Mission Statement

We believe the future is not something to be predicted, feared or ignored – it is something to be achieved through vision, hard work and grit. We want to partner with entrepreneurs who challenge the status quo and dare to dream; who want to build great businesses that redefine a product, service or entire industry.

Thought Leadership

What’s the Next-Generation Internet? Surprise: It’s All About the Blockchain!

Yes, the digital revolution has brought countless wonders. The Internet, the World Wide Web, social media, mobile computing, geospatiality, big data, and the cloud have enabled myriad wonderful developments in virtually every aspect of life.

But when it comes to business, a careful analysis shows that, to date, the changes are only scratching the surface…

Read on Huffington Post

A Bitcoin Governance Network

The multi-stakeholder Solution to the Challenges of Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrencies are products of the digital revolution and the networked age. As distributed networks with no central issuer and no central command, they are also a distinctly global phenomenom that will force national governments to not only re-evaluate a number of substantive regulatory issues, but perhaps also re-think the very nature of governance itself. . .

Read on Global Solution Networks


Alex Tapscott spoke at the third annual Blockchain (R)evolution conference in London, UK, a multi-disciplinary collaboration between leading academic and institutions that convenes stakeholders at the intersection of related disciplines to focus discussion on the high value application of blockchain technologies and implications for our global community, oversight regimes, economic infrastructure, and evolving social order.

Learn More at Blockchain Workshops

Speaker, Business Innovation Factory Summit

Alex Tapscott spoke at the Business Innovation Summit in Rhode Island. One of the nation’s most renowned storytelling gatherings, the BIF Summit provides innovators with the space to be curious and crazy, get inspired, and collide with unusual collaborators. The BIF Summit exists as a means to enable a purposeful community of innovation junkies who want to design, prototype, and test new business models and social systems in the real world.

Learn More at Business Innovation Factory

New Book by Alex Tapscott

BLOCKCHAIN REVOLUTION: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott

The Portfolio imprint of Penguin Random House has acquired world rights to BLOCKCHAIN REVOLUTION by Don Tapscott, the bestselling author of Wikinomics, and his son Alex Tapscott. This will be the first book to explain why blockchain technology – a truly open, distributed, global platform – will fundamentally change what we can achieve online, how we do it, and who can participate.

The new book will show how the blockchain will shape the next era of prosperity in finance, business, healthcare, education, governance, and many other fields.

Alex and Don Tapscott

In the Press

Alex Tapscott on Talks at GS

Most commonly known as the primary innovation behind bitcoin, blockchain technology is poised to revolutionize the financial industry and beyond. Alex Tapscott, co-author of Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business and the...

The Internet of Things Needs A Ledger of Things

Animating the Objects in our Environment Using emerging software and technologies, we can instill intelligence into existing infrastructure such as a power grid by adding smart devices that can communicate with one another, reconfigure themselves depending upon...

Coin Toss | Will blockchain undermine or buttress state power?

Ever since the Romans established a central currency system in the third century BC, money has been controlled by the state as a tool of political power. This control was exerted by manufacturing coins, issuing currencies backed by stored gold and, eventually, through...

Mark Carney has seeded a revolution by embracing fintech

After Britain’s referendum vote to leave the European Union, Brexit’s loudest advocates scurried from public view and the political establishment descended into a caustic battle for control. Emerging from the melee was Theresa May, who has a reputation for...


Alex Tapscott

Alex Tapscott, CEO and Founder

Alex Tapscott is the CEO and Founder of Northwest Passage Ventures, an advisory firm building industry-leading blockchain businesses. Formerly, Alex was a senior executive at Canaccord Genuity, Canada’s largest independent investment bank. At age 25, he became the firm’s youngest-ever Vice President and in 2014, he founded the firm’s blockchain practice. Over his career, Alex has worked tirelessly for his clients, raising hundreds of millions of dollars in growth capital from a global institutional investor base, and provided sound advice and counsel.

A passionate advocate for the disruptive potential of new technology, Alex is the co-author with Don Tapscott of the new book: BLOCKCHAIN REVOLUTION: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World. In 2014, Alex published the seminal white paper “A Bitcoin Governance Network.”

Active in his community, Alex sits on the board of CAMH Engage, a young leadership council he co-founded at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Alex is a graduate of Amherst College (Cum Laude) in Amherst, MA and is a CFA charterholder.