Canada Startups

How Canadian Businesses Can Become the Powerhouses of Tomorrow

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 08.19.2015 | Canada Business
Nikolas Badminton

'Unicorn' is a term in the investment and venture capital industry use to define a start-up company whose valuation has exceeded USD$1 billion dollars. When you look for these (apparently not so) mythical creatures we find a plethora of U.S.-based companies: Uber, Airbnb, Palantir, Snapchat, Dropbox and others.

Vancouver's Startup Viability Is OK, But The Rest Of The World Is Better

Matt Toner | Posted 08.14.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Matt Toner

It isn't that we all started to collectively do things wrong, it's that the rest of the world is getting a LOT better at this sort of thing. We need to catch up.

Meet the Millennial Executive

Lina Duque | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Business
Lina Duque

Abdullah Snobar is the executive director of Ryerson University's DMZ business incubator, ranked first in Canada and fifth in the world. That puts Snobar in charge of the downtown Toronto home to over 400 entrepreneurs and 50 employees.

Think Outside the Cubicle With Coworking

Nick Cowling | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

In the constantly evolving and socially driven society we live in today, the very definition of a workplace has changed. Coworking has become a global movement where work is done outside the confines of a traditional workspace and is instead in a shared working environment either in an office or other public space.

15 Signs You Have an Entrepreneur Mindset

Kelly Lovell | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

True success of an entrepreneur comes not from their ideas, but from their inner mindset and character traits. It takes a certain type of leader to endure startup life and persevere past the hurdles that will inevitable lay ahead in their efforts to inspire disruption or bring a new innovation to life.

Saving Energy Is a Much More Profitable Business Than You Think

David Dodge | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Business
David Dodge

Energy consultants have been helping companies reduce operator error, identifying energy wasting systems and proposing energy efficient retrofits for a while now. But what is new is the next generation of energy efficiency companies who are using super smart meters and big data to identify, measure and wrestle energy sucking systems to submission.

Vancouver Technology Companies Need to Create a Culture of Growth

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Business
Nikolas Badminton

My prediction is that, in the next two to three years, and with the right kinds of risk-taking and mentorship we can increase the culture of growth here in Vancouver. With investment in more Growth Hackers and Data Scientists in Vancouver and we will start to see more billion-dollar companies emerge.

Outsource These Five Key Business Functions to Cut Operating Costs

Claudio Nespeca | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Business
Claudio Nespeca

Transferring day-to-day responsibilities for voice and data management to an outside vendor is an immense load off the staff of any growing company. It means not having to worry about hardware and software issues, as well as ongoing technical support, remote monitoring, troubleshooting, repairs and ongoing upgrades.

Do Startups Still Need Traditional Corporations?

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 04.18.2015 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

The Uber / Lyft / Sidecar battle seems to be an increasingly prevalent theme where startups are focused more on fighting each other than responding to countermoves from traditional players. With statistics showing that the San Francisco taxi industry is steadily collapsing, it is no wonder that Uber is more focused on retaining market share against other startup competitors.

How Big Startups Are Trying to Maintain Their Competitive Edge

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

The rules are changing in today's globalized, hyper-competitive economy and startups are attempting to keep up by maintaining their innovative edge. No longer can any established or traditional company afford to enter a period of ossification. Indeed, ossification in today's economy means death rather than stability.

Advice from Canada's Most Talented Entrepreneurs

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Business
Nikolas Badminton

When I started my new job with Freelancer.com, I was researching where and who to reach out to in Canada and I quickly realized the force that is the Ottawa start up scene. Sure it's the capital and that should be an obvious choice however I found something truly unique. The startup community is very creative and keen plus they are very adept at getting the government to pay attention.

Dad Was Right, You Should Change Careers At Least 3 Times In Your Life

Suzanne Ma | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Suzanne Ma

Since I was a little, I knew what I wanted to be: a journalist. My career aspirations helped define my personality and helped shape my world view. It influenced where I went to school, what I majored in, and who I hung out with -- until suddenly, one day, those aspirations changed.

How Yelp Turned a Bumpy Decade Into a Strong Future

Jeff Quipp | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada Business
Jeff Quipp

For the first time since Yelp became a publicly traded company, it reported a profit (Q2 of 2014). Today, its valuation sits around $5 billion, and boasts a monthly average of 138 million unique visitors. And while Yelp faces competition from some pretty heavy hitters -- Google, for one -- the future of the company looks promising.

Don't Succumb to Lonesome Entrepreneur Syndrome

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

Ever felt like an army of one in your business? I get it. It is both tremendously powerful food for my ego and poisonous for my mental health. Today I share three ways to combat LES (lonesome entrepreneur syndrome) and win the battle of entrepreneurial solitary confinement.

Women Are Dreaming Bigger and Speaking Louder

Doina Oncel | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Doina Oncel

Across the Fortune 500 companies and throughout cities worldwide, women appear to hold the short end of the stick. Women are considerably underrepresented as CEOs, officers, and directors in the corporate world. Since women occupy nearly half the total work force in the United States, what is the reasoning behind these inexplicable labour statistics?

How to Find Your Ideal Mentor

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

In answering hundreds of questions from entrepreneurs over the past month, I have heard the number one call for help to be "I need a mentor." Here are the top five things you need to ask yourself before you go looking for a mentor.

Inspiring Your Work Team to Be Like a Start-Up

Barbara Morris-Blake | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Business
Barbara Morris-Blake

Many of the most successful companies on the planet are start-ups that didn't even exist a few years ago, or sometimes just a few months ago. How do t...

Should Individual Corporate Incubators Give Way To Industry Incubators?

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada
Eric Quon-Lee

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...

Small Business Owners, Make Tax Season Work for You

Jeff Cates | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Business
Jeff Cates

The following is a list of the critical first steps SMBs should take to prepare and get through tax season.

Part-Time Entrepreneurs Need to Be Empowered

Jeff Cates | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Business
Jeff Cates

A new Intuit survey found that 53 per cent of new businesses in Canada -- those in operation less than three years -- are run by part-time entrepreneurs. If you are one of these part-time start-ups, you're living your entrepreneurial dream on the side.

5 Reasons to Close The Door on Private Offices

Neil Martin | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Business
Neil Martin

Coworking spaces are emerging as the new work environment of choice. Today, shared spaces around the world are bringing increased levels of happiness, productivity and collaboration to their members, and at a price far more affordable than the alternative. So here they are, five reasons to close the door on private offices.

Why Waterloo Must Embrace Light Rail Transit To Survive

Pat Lynch | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Business
Pat Lynch

In an election year, anything goes: While Waterloo Region council convenes on March 4 to vote on a $550-million contract for the work and materials for the project (which has technically already started), the first candidate to file his nomination papers for October's Waterloo mayoral contest has decided to run on an anti-LRT platform... and he's finding supporters.

Five Tips for Making Money as an Artist Entrepreneur

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

There's a ton of information out there for anyone looking to create a traditional scalable business. And there's no shortage of incubators for tech startups in search of money and mentorship. But what about artists who are going solo and getting paid for their art?

Startup Franchise Brands: Inadequate Disclosure and Irrational Decisions

Ben Hanuka | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Business
Ben Hanuka

All Canadians have a stake in reducing franchisees' drastic losses in startup brands. Franchising is an integral part of Canada's economy, particularly the retail sector. Canadian franchisee investors and consumers are drawn to franchise brands based on their potential to offer proven business systems, consistency and recognized goodwill.

Why 'Dragons' Den' is Killing Business

Darrell Kopke | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Darrell Kopke

Much as I like the intertwining of inspiring stories, witty repartee, and gong show ideas -- I don't watch 'Dragons' Den' or its American equivalent 'Shark Tank.' These shows, in my opinion, are misleading a generation of entrepreneurs into believing that the end game is a financing, not a business.