Start Ups

Top 10 Tips for New Entrepreneurs

Anne Day | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada Business
Anne Day

Over the years I have worked with hundreds of new entrepreneurs. I often compare starting a business to motherhood -- both involve excitement, joy and complete fear and self doubt as to whether you are up for the job -- be it as a business owner or parent. Here are some pointers for new entrepreneurs.

As Technology Improves, Are We Moving Towards 'Her' or HAL 9000?

Carlos de Torres | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Business
Carlos de Torres

As our relationship with technology matures, we do expect more human connections online and we want our things to have some intuition. But are we building a world where HAL 9000 or Samantha the OS from Her will become our confidantes?

How I Hacked My Husband's Programming Addiction

Suzanne Ma | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Suzanne Ma

There are worse things he could be addicted to. It could have been drugs, sex, porn, or the Candy Crush Saga. With my husband, who is a straight up sort of guy, it was computer science.

Truth, Filth, and Tightrope Walking: Lessons From 'Set List' Masterminds Paul Provenza and Troy Conrad

Karen Geier | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada Business
Karen Geier

In September of 2010, Troy Conrad launched a new format of stand up: unscripted and on a topic that the performer sees at the same time as the audience. It is (quite aptly) billed as "Stand-up Without a Net. I recently spoke to creator Troy Conrad and Paul Provenza about Set List, and the changing business of comedy.

Want to Be Canada's Most Innovative Business Tycoon?

Norm Nopper | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada
Norm Nopper

If you need to build connections from scratch, be fearless. Pick up the phone. Write the letter or email. At conferences and social events, approach people and be approachable. Be clear about your value proposition and needs. Ask how you may help them, and ask for support. What's the worst that can happen? They politely decline.

Why Vancouver's Digital Strategy Falls Short

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Nikolas Badminton

The City of Vancouver has ignored how quickly digital moves in terms of technology, trends, opportunities for citizen empowerment and needs for infrastructure. For the digitally advanced, Vancouver will continue to be behind the times. For the average citizen, very little change will be seen or felt.

How LinkedIn Helped My Business

Steven Uster | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada
Steven Uster

Everyone said I had to use LinkedIn when I was working to launch Zillidy. I currently have over 600 LinkedIn connections, which according to the website links me to over 10.5 million professionals. So why is LinkedIn such a powerful tool for small business? I believe it's because of the following reasons.

The Cost of Borrowing From a Bank

Steven Uster | Posted 04.27.2013 | Canada
Steven Uster

The competition continues to intensify between Canadian bank and non-bank lenders to carve out their share of the $18.4-billion market for small-business loans of up to $250,000. But as entrepreneurs assess their options, here are 10 points to consider that, in addition to the headline interest rate, impact the total cost of borrowing.

VIDEO: The Importance of Pre-Selling Clients

Krizia | Posted 11.15.2012 | Canada Business
Krizia

Dane Maxwell could be mistaken for just another entrepreneur, but the reality is that Dane is far more than that. He's smart, strategic, caring, a savvy entrepreneur and he's shaking up a lot of the old ways of building an online business. There are so many more golden nuggets in this interview -- far too many to count. I hope you'll take the time to listen to it.

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.

How to Build Brand Loyalty

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 05.02.2012 | Canada Business
Sharon Vinderine

As most start ups can tell you, introducing a new business to the market place requires factoring in many components. The most vital of which is credibility. A new business needs to figure out how to convince its target audience that they are a worthy supplier. The dilemma is that it's hard to prove how great you are when you haven't gotten the chance to do so.