Start Up Advice

Make the Anti-Spam Law a Silver Lining For Your Business

Kelly Lovell | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada
Kelly Lovell

As an individual I must admit, it was a breath of fresh air to finally see my inbox shrink as the many subscriptions my email had accumulated over the years finally came to an end. As an entrepreneur leading several start-ups, however the true realities and restrictions of CASL became apparent.

Starting Up Again: Chatting with Figure 1 Co-Founder Richard Penner

Karen Geier | Posted 08.03.2013 | Canada Business
Karen Geier

Richard found himself in a situation where he wanted to get his hands dirty by starting again from the ground up. He and his two co-founders then created Figure 1, a medical application for smartphones which allows doctors to share photos. I spoke to Richard about his journey from salary man to start up co-founder.

Gary Vaynerchuk on What Investors Get Wrong

Karen Geier | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada Business
Karen Geier

For those who are interested in Angel investment or a VC round, there is a lot of contradictory information. Recently, I talked with Gary Vaynerchuk of WineLibrary and Vaynermedia about his experiences building his businesses, and also investing in some of the best known tech companies.

Your Start-Up Business: It Starts With a Tweet

Karen Geier | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada Business
Karen Geier

This week, I talked with Heather Payne, Co-Founder of Ladies Learning Code, a Toronto-based organization with the goal to empower women to learn how to program, and understand tech better. It all started when Heather Payne, fresh off learning how to build her first personal website, wanted to learn a backend language. She couldn't find great resources, and found it hard to get started.

Your Start-Up Business: The Art and Science of Cold Calling

Karen Geier | Posted 11.10.2012 | Canada Business
Karen Geier

When you're with a start-up and you run into a problem you can't solve, what do you do? The obvious answer is you turn to someone who has built a business before. What if you don't have someone like this in your sphere of influence? Well, that's where cold calling (or emailing) comes in. But people have an irrational fear of cold calling. Here's how to get the most out of a cold call.

Your Start-Up Business: Taking Advice vs. Listening to Your Gut

Karen Geier | Posted 10.09.2012 | Canada Business
Karen Geier

In the earliest stages of our start-up, we decided to pull in the opinions and advice of experts. We were eager to hear different perspectives from our own. It became clear early on, however, that we would need to navigate through the advice using our best judgement. Remember: One of the things only you and your team can bring to this business is your unique perspective.