Rahul Raj

Member Since 2022

Rahul Raj

Founder & CMO


Toronto, Canada Area

I help Challenger Brands win. I started 5&Vine to help build, launch and grow meaningful brands that disrupt categories and better society. To date, our impact has helped our partners close over $1.4B in follow on financing and two have gone public. 5&Vine was born from my time as CMO at ecobee, where I helped transform the brand from relative obscurity into the #2 thermostat brand in North America with a 30% share and developed a playbook on how Challengers could take down industry incumbents. I know what a brand needs to take on Goliath. Prior to ecobee, I ran an incubator for Walmart in San Francisco. After seeing an opportunity to extract more value out of products that already existed, I built a refurbishing infrastructure that turned costly customer returns into a multi-billion dollar revenue stream. For these efforts, I was honoured with Walmart's Innovation Champion Award, a fellowship with the Aspen Institute and by GOOD magazine as 1 of 100 people pushing the world forward. My commitment to bettering the world started when I was young. At the age of 17, I founded and developed Meal Exchange to build healthy, just and environmentally sustainable food systems across Canada. Our work has been recognized by TIME magazine as "revolutionary”. Today, alongside my work at 5&Vine, I'm actively engaged in inspiring and empowering others to make their own positive impact. As well as being on the Design Team of the Aspen First Movers fellowship, I mentor entrepreneurs at First Round Capital, Tech Stars, the American Marketing Association, the University of Toronto’s Venture Mentoring Program, the Presidio Graduate School, and delivered a TEDx talk on the power of Challenger Thinking.


  • Branding
  • Innovation & Growth
  • Go to Marketing Strategy


November 22nd, 2022

14 ways employers can nurture their staff's creative contributions

Inspiring employees to address current business challenges—transparently and collaboratively—enables the opportunity to find innovative solutions for business growth. 

November 4th, 2022

14 tips to build brand awareness this holiday season (and beyond)

Implementing these top strategies may help your business stand out during one of the most competitive selling cycles of the year. 

November 4th, 2022

Act like everyone’s watching: How to make better business decisions and avoid reputational damage

Companies that possess a strong purpose—one that does good as well as makes money—and consistently base their decision-making against this criterion will be those that build legacies to last the test of time.

September 22nd, 2022

16 lessons leaders have learned from a crisis 

Your ability to weather a huge storm, in the marketplace, may also increase the growth potential of your business success down the line.



5&Vine is a full-service marketing agency trusted to challenge incumbents, and win. We’ve collaborated with some of the world’s largest VC’s to accelerate growth for Challenger Brands in their portfolio resulting in +$1.4Bn in follow-on financing, three acquisitions and two IPOs. We empower businesses to win while also being a force for good. 5&Vine is championing an evolved form of capitalism that benefits communities and the planet, alongside shareholders. We support our clients in being profitable and bettering the world around them. Our goal is to show how socially responsible transactions can help businesses make economic strides. We help brave and ethically-minded Challenger Brands achieve the impossible and come out on top. We empower our clients to challenge the status quo, stand up for what they believe in, and confidently take on global challenges.


  • Marketing
  • Social Media Advertising
  • Brand Marketing


Marketing & advertising