3 Startup Tips from an Experienced LaunchPad Mentor

Posted by on November 13th, 2014

There is no shortage of smart people in the KW startup ecosystem. As a mentor and supporter of Laurier’s LaunchPad program I’ve had the opportunity to engage directly with some of the regions best minds as they look to attack a market, solve a customer problem or make the world a better place. I am […]

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What does it take to build the next big thing?

Posted by on November 10th, 2014

Through my experiences as an undergraduate student I’ve seen the two sides of the student spectrum. On one hand, through amazing programs like LaunchPad, I’ve spoken to students who wake up hustling and trying to build the next big thing. On the other hand, I’ve spoken to students who are lost. They have big dreams […]

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The Impact Equation

Posted by on November 3rd, 2014

We get it- social media is powerful. What we don’t get is how to harness its power and customize it to each of our businesses. Far too often it feels like the most popular social media strategy is to throw a bunch of stuff at the wall and hope something sticks. In other words, many do […]

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Slaying the Hydra: Managing startup business risk

Posted by on October 30th, 2014

All businesses are inherently risky, but none are more risky than an untested startup. Business analysts discuss at great lengths the relationship of risk versus reward. Actuaries, accountants and investors have attempted to turn the analysis of risk into a definitive and empirical science. While great strides have been made in reducing the uncertainty in […]

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How Do You Test a Niche Market Without Spending?

Posted by on October 28th, 2014

I’ve always had a compelling need to go fast on anything with 2 wheels.  Especially if it involved doing this on dirt.  I’ve never really understood why, but for longer than most readers have been alive, I’ve been going down trails as fast as I can on coaster bikes, motorcycles and mountain bikes. I left […]

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No labour… No bread: A Story of Staying Busy

Posted by on October 20th, 2014

The origin of the word business comes from “busy-ness” or “the state of being busy” either as an individual or as a group. The greatest challenge in business is uncovering what motivates an individual to stay busy. After all, “no labour … no bread.” Those basic words were forged in steel as a plaque by […]

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What did I learn today? How 5 mins and one question can improve learning and success

Posted by on October 15th, 2014

Success for entrepreneurs, and students, revolves around learning and applying new information. With the volume of available information, it’s important to filter and keep what’s valuable. Here’s a 5 minute trick to improve the process of retaining the signals from noise. At the end of each day, before going to sleep, take a blank piece […]

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