Entrepreneurship

Three Secrets to Unravelling Risk

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

Ever felt like risk stopped you from doing something you truly desired? Ever had risk keep you up at night?

Don't Succumb to Lonesome Entrepreneur Syndrome

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 07.15.2014 | 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.

Entrepreneurs, This Is Why You Shouldn't Worry About 'Normal'

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

Nothing is normal or weird. Never focus on what the norm is or what is standard procedure. Rules are there for interpretation, unless they accompany jail time. Keep every solution open as an option. Never rule out a possibility because you've put options into "boxes". Unwrap every option like it's Christmas morning.

Do You Know the Zuckerbergs of the Snack Food Industry?

Nancy A. Shenker | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada
Nancy A. Shenker

The oldest Wink team member is 27. Does that help or hurt them? According to Wolff, "Our youth is a double-edged sword. We are flexible when it comes to making decisions and make them swiftly, while being able to stay up all night working if need be. We're also the same age as the majority of our customers -- allowing us to truly tap into the pulse of their wants and needs."

How to Find Your Ideal Mentor

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 07.03.2014 | 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.

Ten Body Lessons for Entrepreneurs

Neil Seeman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada Business
Neil Seeman

Etymology offers insights into deity-associated bodily terms to understand the lessons of the Ancients and apply these lessons to entrepreneurship.

Detroit: A City Revolution Built to Last

Adam Moscoe | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Adam Moscoe

I was thrilled to participate in my first ever 'live' event as a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. But after hearing endless stories about the glamour of Davos, I certainly never expected that my involvement with the Shapers would bring me to Detroit.

Making Connections vs. Maintaining Connections: Which Is Worth More?

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

Plainly, even if you think you have connections -- you likely don't. It is not unless you have made a connection to someone...you developed that connection through a number of interactions, that you might be able to call them a connection. This matters not though.

Will the Rise of Female Entrepreneurship Break the Glass Ceiling?

Leah Eichler | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

Looking back on my entrepreneurial journey so far, there were many reasons I'd wanted to say goodbye to the corporate life. But the one that sticks out is the moment I realized that, no matter how hard I worked in my previous role, I'd never make it to the top. I wanted to be the Chief Executive Officer and, for me, the only way to do that was to launch my own venture.

The Burdens of Our Past Success

Darrell Kopke | Posted 06.12.2014 | Canada Business
Darrell Kopke

How often, as leaders of organizations who make critical decisions daily, are we more than just informed by the past but actually burdened by it? Without even being conscious of it, we react to daily events based on all these and many more influences.

15 Lessons After 15 Years of Being an Entrepreneur

Julie Rusciolelli | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada Business
Julie Rusciolelli

As an entrepreneur I've learned valuable lessons along the way; on how to run a company, how to manage people and how to create a signature culture that transcends every part of the organization. So on this historical day, here are my 15 lessons learned over the past 15 years.

Get Off Your Hamster Wheel and Make Something

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 05.30.2014 | Canada
Sarah Vermunt

By the same token, he says you shouldn't feel bad about creating stuff that doesn't sell. Your art doesn't have to be what pays the bills. Also, getting really good at something requires iterations. Maybe your stuff won't sell at first, but keep at it. You'll get better.

Why Optimism Is Our Only Gateway To a Cleaner Future

Mark Milke | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Some Canadians seek to create new opportunities, expand the economy, hire more people and provide opportunities. They might even -- gasp -- argue that governments are better off and have more revenues (without raising taxes) when entrepreneurs are allowed to flourish.

What Kevin O'Leary Gets Wrong About Business

Jason Clemens | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Business
Jason Clemens

Kevin O'Leary has created an entire persona around a sort of modern-day Gordon Gekko. O'Leary is fond of and famous for employing phrases like "it's all about the money," "people only care about money," and "money makes the world go round." To put it mildly, this is a superficial, even one-dimensional understanding of markets.

How Entrepreneurship Can Help Fight Global Poverty

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Business is often seen by the non-profit sector and protest movements as the enemy of sustainable development in poor countries. But entrepreneurship is a key player in ending global poverty by reversing the cycle of dependency with a cycle of self-sufficiency and employment.

If You Want an Amazing Job You Have to Ask the Right Questions

Neil Seeman | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Business
Neil Seeman

I am fascinated by questions vastly more than answers. Socrates was a genius because he asked questions -- all the time. When I meet a company founder, he or she tends to ask bucket-loads of killer questions. Why is that?

The Key to Winning Is Simpler Than You Think

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

The key to winning Canada's #1 Female Entrepreneur of the year two years in a row can be simmered down to just this: I dared to apply two years in a row. I am willing to go at something a second time, even if it means I might not finish as well the second time.

Three Predictions for Capitalism

Darrell Kopke | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Darrell Kopke

Generation Y cares more about the world and social causes than any previous generation. They are connected, passionate activists and are starting for-profit corporations as their tools for social change. The gap between activism and capitalism is closing and closing fast.

Why I Wouldn't Want To Be A 20-Something Today

Anne Day | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada
Anne Day

Part of me questions how that pays the bills, or pays off the debt you've incurred in getting these qualifications? What I would advocate is not locking yourself into a career or job, finding you don't like it, and thinking this is forever. You need to explore what is out there and not feel trapped. Plus with maturity comes clarity.

At 74, This Woman Is Re-Inventing Her Business

Shannon Skinner | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

As Tripi continues to impact the lives of many women and men in Toronto, and solidify her legacy, at the heart of her passion is a desire to inspire our city's youth to not only look and feel their best, but also to be empowered and follow their dreams.

Can Your Corporate Culture Make You Money?

Darrell Kopke | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Darrell Kopke

Your organization has a culture whether you like it or not. The culture is a mood, feeling, and attitude. In our practice we describe culture as the sum total of conversations that happen in your organization and amongst its stakeholders. It is not genetically encoded; your culture can be shaped, evolved, and enhanced. The question is: Can your corporate culture make you money?

Successful People Share These 5 Habits

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada
Kelsey Ramsden

I hang around with all kinds of successful people. There are all kinds of success. You, too, likely hang out with all kinds of successful people if yo...

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

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

The latest stereotype 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. Some may question why anyone in this highly unstable economy would choose to transition from the relative security of a corporate position to the instability of entrepreneurship. The reasons are varied but include the following.

Don't Ban Bossy, BYOB (Be Your Own Boss) Instead

Gloria Roheim McRae | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Living
Gloria Roheim McRae

Although the campaign execution and commitment to girls is grand, I was disappointed that of all the words chipping away at our self-esteem everyday, that "bossy" was being sentenced to exile by powerful and recognized women. Unfortunately for all of us, banning words only mutes the systemic and cultural norms that are actually responsible for social inequalities.

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.