Eric Quon-Lee
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Eric Quon-Lee is a management consultant and entrepreneur. Having obtained a MBA from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, Eric has worked for some of Canada’s leading companies in a variety of finance and consulting roles. Currently at a San Francisco based management consultancy, Eric focuses on the topics of strategy and innovation where he acts as an intermediary between startups engaged in disruptive change and corporations trying to navigate these changes.

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Should Individual Corporate Incubators Give Way To Industry Incubators?

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 12:06 PM

With startups and innovation the hot trends in the corporate world at the moment, it is no wonder that numerous corporations are opening incubators to capture startup and innovation momentum. The increasing need to innovate in today's globalized business environment is encouraging corporations across all industry sectors to innovate. One...

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Not All Entrepreneurs Are 20-Year-Old Ramen-Eating Programmers

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 5:59 PM

The latest stereotype perpetuated by the media regarding entrepreneurship is that it is populated with 20-year-old master programmers who survive on a diet of ramen noodles. While this may be true of Silicon Valley it is hardly a true reflection of all entrepreneurs. Increasingly entrepreneurs are people of all ages...

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Tea Partiers & the Occupy Movement: Two Different Sides Of The Same Coin

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 11:34 AM

Much has been discussed concerning the increasing political polarization occurring globally. From the rise of the Occupy Movement on the left and the rise of neo-conservative groups such as the Tea Party, this polarization is having dramatic impact on the global political discourse. While many are utilizing these two polar...

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Social Entrepreneurship: Benefiting the Bottom Line While Benefiting Society

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 5:17 PM

When most individuals think of creating a startup, they dream of the riches that have been accumulated by the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates. Increasingly, when the Millennial Generation thinks of creating a startup, they are not only looking at the financial gain of such an endeavor, but...

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The Difference Between a Small Business Owner and an Entrepreneur

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 5:13 PM

With start-ups being the latest hot "industry", everyone from programmers to MBA graduates are attempting to form their own start-up and become the next Google or Whatsapp. While the new economy is gradually moving individuals away from large, process-oriented multinational corporations and towards fast, nimble start-ups, significant questions are starting...

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The Advantages of Being a Part-Time Entrepreneur

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 7:32 AM

Most people who begin considering entrepreneurship are told repeatedly that they need to devote 100 per cent of their time, energy and resources to make the startup successful. In an ideal world, such devotion would be possible for all entrepreneurs, but in reality, the situation is drastically different.

There...

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How Post-Secondary Education Is Failing

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 10:38 AM

For nations to remain competitive, it is necessary to develop a highly educated population with the range of critical technical skills to adjust to today's dynamic economy. While there is no question as to the direction that the economy is heading, one must question whether or not the methodology used...

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Millennial "Laziness" Is a Cry for Change

(3) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 7:26 AM

Many leaders have been lamenting the fact that the Millennial Generation is "not up to snuff" concerning workforce integration. Whether lamenting the fact that they do not have the technological skills or the fact that today's Millennial Generation is incredibly lazy, corporate leaders lament the work ethic of the next...

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What Can Be Done To Fix Poorly Designed Corporate Incubators?

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 2:59 PM

While the concept of creating corporate incubators is sound, the numerous attempts at implementation have been beset by a number of issues, including lacklustre results. With so many of today's corporate incubators having significant problems creating positive results, what can be done to address these issues?

A number of...

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Activists Need to Get Out of the Street and into the Boardroom

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 3:27 PM

By any account, the Occupy Movement failed. Yes, the recent recession exposed inequality amongst the population that desperately needs to be addressed. However, is protesting in the streets and "occupying" public spaces while inconveniencing thousands of honest, hard-working citizens the best way to drive positive lasting social change in the...

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What Is a Corporate Incubator, and Why Is it a Bad Idea?

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 4:12 PM

As innovation moves to the forefront of corporate agendas, corporations are attempting to capture the competitive advantages that result from innovation. While many believe that innovation can be captured with existing organizational processes, these are actually a severe impediment to innovation.

A number of key reasons that corporate incubators are...

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Make Year-Round Volunteering a 2014 New Year's Resolution

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 4:17 PM

As the dawn of a New Year begins, many of us are making New Year's resolutions both of a professional and personal nature. From eating healthier to taking steps to get that promotion, individuals around the globe are cleaning up the detritus from 2013 and making new resolutions for 2014....

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10 Things a Startup Founder Should Never Do

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 11:25 AM

Here are the top 10 things a startup founder should not do:

(1) Not being consistent and focused.

Today's economy offers the dreamer many opportunities but without following through, no dream can be turned into reality. Entrepreneurs must be consistent and focused in their actions and their resolve no matter...

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Education for Career or Education for Life?

(2) Comments | Posted December 1, 2013 | 8:14 PM

As the dynamic global economy continues to hammer away at employee stability, those just starting their post secondary studies are the most affected and concerned. Many students are looking for advice concerning what degrees to pursue to ensure that they extract the most value from their education.

The standard...

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What Type of Entrepreneur Are You?

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 6:43 AM

Today's venture capital community and media have heavily emphasized the youth oriented nature of entrepreneurship. While young entrepreneurs populate the front covers of today's magazine covers, they are part of a bigger entrepreneurship ecosystem. From serial entrepreneurs with decades of experience to hobbyists turned business owners, there is a complete...

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"Entrepreneur" Shouldn't Be a Dirty Word

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 11:42 AM

It seems everywhere an MBA candidate turns all they see are the difficulties that plague today's economy. The relentless need to improve efficiency in the face of faster and smarter foreign competition has led to dramatic corporate downsizing that has further affected the relative stability of white collar professionals.

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Believe it or Not, Millennials Are Most Prepared for This Economy

(31) Comments | Posted October 13, 2013 | 11:35 PM

"You have to pay your dues."

"You don't have enough experience."

These phrases have been heard countless times by employees. While every career advisory site states that such statements are normal, an inherent problem remains, where the economy from which such statements originate, no longer exists.

The economy of past...

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Treat Yourself Like a Corporation

(6) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 5:27 PM

As the Great Recession has taught us, the nature of employment is changing. Jobs that involve routine are rapidly disappearing and being devalued through automation and technology. Traditional nine-to-five jobs are increasingly scarce relative to the available global labor force. Career paths that were once norm for Baby Boomers no...

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