Canadian entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist Mark Rivkin was born in Toronto, and he is best known for co-founding Cryptologic, a company that pioneered secure transaction management for online gaming, and is now one of the largest software application service providers. Rivkin’s entrepreneurial drive developed at an early, and his success would manifest before he even graduated college. While attending the University of Western Ontario he founded Campus Notes, which was a lecture note service that was used on a number of Canadian campuses.
Upon graduating in 1993, he and his brother began working on a concept that involved the pleasures of online gaming and secure online financial software for Internet users. What began as an idea conjured in their parents’ basement evolved to become the world’s largest and most successful online gaming software, Cryptologic. The Rivkin’s solution provided users with a secure environment to play and appreciate thanks to a combination of a secure transaction management system, E-Cash and Internet gaming software. The brothers based their technology on the concept of secure entertainment, and their innovative thought process and entrepreneurial spirit achieved tremendous success in a very short period of time. Under the supervision of Mark Rivkin, Cryptologic had eighteen licensees operating in more than forty branded casinos, and the company was listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, NASDAQ and London Stock Exchange.
In 2002, the Rivkin’s departed from their multi-million dollar empire to explore new business ventures, and in 2005 Mark became a Chairman of Groove Media, a Toronto based video game developer (Groove Games) that has published more than twenty retail game titles on the PC, Xbox and PlayStation platforms. Rivkin also recently co-founded his own investment firm, QT Inc., and he currently acts as a principal of the company.
In 2014, Rivkin created Helix Healthcare Group, which is an innovative, Ontario-based provider of leading edge intervention and treatment services for those facing mental health, trauma and/or addiction issues. Located in downtown Toronto, Helix Healthcare’s world-class treatment facility has quickly set the benchmark for patient-centric and cost effective mental health and addictions programming.
Mr. Rivkin is one of the great Canadian entrepreneurs of our generation. This site is maintained to serve as a motivating resource for other entrepreneurs who want to reach his level of professional success while striving for their own unique goals.