Andy Nulman
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President of Just For Laughs, world's biggest comedy organization. Former highly-successful mobile tech entrepreneur. Risky and dangerous public speaker. Riskier public dresser. Prolific author and blogger. Ageless hockey player. Gutsy rock singer. Sweaty gym rat. Loves heavy jewelry, adorable dogs, eye-popping art and excessive adjectives. Needs longer bio for full appreciation.

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What I Learned This Week: The Precarious Future of Voting

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 12:34 PM

Well, cross another one off the bucket list, as last Monday I made my debut as a TV political commentator.

The occasion was a momentous one -- the most recent Quebec election, one which saw the governing PQ swept out by a massive Liberal tidal wave following...

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What I Learned This Week: Dogs Are Animals, But People Are Pigs

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 10:24 AM

I just returned from a most interesting walk with my two dogs where I was -- or more specifically, they were -- assailed for ruining the Spring season.

It happened a mere block away from my residence, near a grimy patch of exhaust-fume-encrusted snow upon which my male dog Rawqui...

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What I Learned This Week: De Dirt on Debates

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 8:55 AM

Given that Quebeckers are facing yet another pivotal election on April 7, over the past couple of weeks, I paid close attention to the two political "debates" held between the leaders of the province's four main parties.

I bracket the word "debates" with quotation marks, as these two two-hour sessions...

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What I Learned This Week: Here Are The Crayons

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 8:43 AM

Since January, I've been teaching a somewhat different type of course at McGill University. While saddled with the unfortunate standard curriculum name "Marketing and Society," the class is anything but.

Given carte blanche, I put together more of a "marketing TO society" approach, and focused on the YouTube platform...

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Why Sending Loyal Customers Away Is Great For Business

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 12:19 PM

When I was in my final year of high school, some of the more shall we say "sensitive" types accessorized their graduation bios with a floral quote that went:

"If you love something, set it free.
If it comes back, it's yours.
If it doesn't,...

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What I Learned This Week: A Great Lesson Lasts Forever

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 1:10 AM

There are few activities I love more than snowboarding, but due to a perfect storm of conflicts and unfavorable conditions -- weather, vacation availability, work and social commitments -- I haven't shredded a mountain in over a year; to be exact, the last time was on Sunday, January 13, 2013.

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What I Learned This Week: The New Math of Vacations

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 4:23 PM

I am writing this post from the Alyeska Hotel in Girdwood, Alaska, a place our shuttle bus driver described as a "hippie town," about 45 miles away from Anchorage. I am in the midst of a snowboard vacation, and while I know that I...

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What I Learned This Week: You Are What You Share

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 9:48 AM

The phrase "You Are What You Eat" became a mainstay of individual definition in North American during the hippy-dippy 1960s...although it was first uttered by a French lawyer/politician in 1826.

In the latter part of the 20th century, the defining features of who we are turned...

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What I Learned This Week: The Devastating Power of the Cold Hard Truth

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2014 | 10:08 PM

It's rare to hear anyone say anything negative about someone who has just died, but when the deceased is a Hollywood luminary, the tributes take on a most reverential and syrupy tone.

Case in point: the eulogies of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, who I must admit was probably...

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What I Learned This Week: Love Thy Hater

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 10:52 PM

In a recent interview, singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow admitted to succumbing to something she rarely does, namely reading the online comments about her work. Bad move. One particularly nasty quip, which likened a song on her latest album to the sound of "being raped in an open field," truly...

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What I Learned This Week: Good Deeds Plant Seeds

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 7:21 AM

I don't wanna sound all tree-huggy, but this week's lesson is a simple one of business that has more to do with green thumbs than it does with red ink or blue-chip stocks.

In a nutshell:

Good Deeds Plant Seeds

And now here's the story behind it.

A...

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What I Learned This Week: Aim For The Front-Lash

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 9:34 AM

Every once in a while, I get happily blindsided by a superb business adage. An instant classic. One for the ages. Better still, one that needs to be emblazoned on a T-shirt, or at least on one of those motivational posters that still line many offices across this great land...

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What I Learned This Week: Surprise Clients With How You Choose to Charge

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 9:43 AM

As the words jumped from my mouth, I knew I sounded like a crusty cliché from an old black-and-white movie.

"Turn the cab around!" I cried. "There's something I gotta see!"

The "something" was a sign outside The Bay's massive flagship store in downtown Toronto. I was on my...

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What I Learned This Week: In Business You've Got to Be Hungry Enough

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 10:22 AM

One of my first orders of business in 2014 was rewarding a most substantial contract to a new supplier of ours at Just For Laughs. While I would love to name names as both were incredibly worthy and inspiring companies, I won't...for reasons that will become obvious as you read...

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What I Learned This Week: Learning Is A Gift, Not A Given

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2014 | 11:11 PM

I've drawn a blank.

A big, honking, vacuous one.

Over the past week, for the first time in years, I didn't learn anything new.

Yikes.

This is no big deal to most, but when one writes a long-standing weekly blog on the subject, and is usually drowning in a...

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What I Learned This Year: The Top 3 Lessons of 2013

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 3:42 AM

One of the reasons I love this time of year is that I overindulge in one of my guilty pleasures, namely the consumption of umpteen year-end compendiums and best-of/worst-of lists. While spiced with a soupcon of hokum and Barnumism, these late-stage look-backs somehow manage to make sense of the previous...

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What I Learned This Week: "Your Time"...And What To Do With It

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 8:30 AM

When I was six, I appeared on a legendary local TV show in Montreal called The Magic Tom Show. Every day, the suave and beloved Tom Auburn performed for a group of kids, some of whom were lucky enough to be asked to sing a song in front...

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What I Learned This Week: Print Is Dead! Long Live Print!

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 10:58 PM

This is the story of 14 magazines and two books.

And the death of the print medium.

And the resurrection of the print medium.

Epic story, it seems!

Let's begin it with me. I am a voracious reader. Spend a disproportionate amount of my free time buried in books...

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What I Learned This Week: Great Ideas Rarely Start Out Great

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2013 | 10:20 PM

What constitutes a great idea these days?

I'll get to the answer in a second, but as a related aside, Fortune Magazine named Elon Musk its Business Person of the Year. Musk is the CEO/founder of TWO boundary-busting companies; Tesla, which produces sleek electric...

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What I Learned This Week: It's Not Enough To Be Smart

(3) Comments | Posted December 1, 2013 | 6:31 PM

Way back in 1931, Albert Einstein famously mused that "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

In saying this, as in so many other ways, Einstein was ahead of his time, since the value of the entity called "the fact" has eroded almost down to nothing in the 82...

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