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There's A Good Chance You're A Horrible Boss

Since I've been both an employee and an employer, I know rules are needed to help a company run smoothly. Yet, many (too many) are for (as corporations love to say) "optics." It's always amazed me how little wiggle room there is in big companies. Employees typically work more hours than they're supposed to, and while not all employers have the ability to reward their hard work monetarily, they can certainly thank them in other ways.
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Identity Crisis Is Killing So Many Service Startups

With a ride home at our fingertips, we now expect food, accommodations, even dates via the swipe of a finger, and hundreds of companies around the world have attempted to capitalize on a generation of consumers willing to pay a premium for "right here, right now" service. But after billions of dollars were poured into this hyper-growth industry, we are beginning to see some of these companies surrender. Here's why.
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Canada's Top Entrepreneurs Reflect On Their Challenges

Nothing is harder than being an entrepreneur: self-sacrifice, countless hours, true diligence and undying commitment. I interviewed the following accomplished entrepreneurs, who excel at what they do and have been handpicked by the media as ones to watch. Here, they reflect on their past mistakes and share some of their insights with their B2B counterparts when it comes to e-commerce, IT, funding, delegation, sales and scaling too fast.
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How To Be A Serial Entrepreneur

More than a decade ago, I made the life-changing (aka turned upside down) transition from the corporate world to the realm of self-employment. Being able to set my own schedule, control my income, follow my passion and be my own boss has been equal parts rewarding and terrifying, and it's something I think everyone should experience.
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Why Is There No Uber For Health Care?

With the rise of smart phone technologies and development of lower cost health tech, there are more and more convenient and inexpensive ways to connect providers and consumers. There are in fact a growing number of services offering on-demand medical services like medication delivery, house calls, and tele-medicine. In other words, we haven't seen the new health-Uber yet. But why not?
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I Left My Job, Failed At A Startup, And Changed My Life

Many people in corporate roles fantasize about breaking free and launching an entrepreneurial venture. Three years ago I took the plunge and did just that, leaving behind a senior role in management consulting to start a talent marketplace for freelance consultants. Unfortunately, my business model didn't gain traction, but the experience was the best thing that ever happened to me professionally speaking.
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How To Grow Up And Out Of Your Startup Status

There are many things that are expected to go hand-in-hand with growing a business, such as little sleep, cash flow concerns, stress, and endless coffee consumption, but with so many tasks to complete (and endless decisions to make), many entrepreneurs fail to acquire the proper tools to successfully transition from startup to successful business.
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We Can Transform Vancouver Into A Global Tech Hub

It is time that Metro Vancouver bands together to form a regional strategy that collectively concentrates tech into a defined area that can serve as the catalyst for greater overall success for the industry. Toronto's tech community understands its value in being close to the financial centre of the country, and clustering will similarly allow Vancouver to better develop our brand and competitive advantage for the future.
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Successful Entrepreneurs Need To Be Selfish Sometimes

I think becoming an entrepreneur is not as hard as some might think, but staying an entrepreneur with passion and drive is not for everyone. It's not a label of courage or wisdom by any means, it's about one's personality. But when you've decided to build a business you need to do all it takes, without burning out, and this could mean being selfish.
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More Startups Should Choose Vancouver

Some of Canada's biggest success stories show us that if you want to make it big, you've got to move south. Slack, the popular chat application for business teams, was originally founded in Victoria but is now headquartered in San Francisco, where access to capital has helped the company achieve explosive growth. So why-oh-why would anyone want to live and work in Vancouver?