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Dustin Sproat

Cofounder and CEO, Shnarped

Dustin Sproat is a cofounder and CEO of the tech startup Shnarped Hockey, which recently earned the support of all 5 Dragons on CBC’s Dragons’ Den.

Before Shnarped and while playing minor professional hockey, Dustin and 8 former Princeton University Classmates started Hockey Players for Kids, a charity that connects pro hockey players to kids in communities around the world. This charity inspired the vision for Shnarped, which scales this player-fan connection using mobile technology. Dustin grew up skating on a backyard rink in Red Deer, AB, but now is happy to call Vancouver home.
Behind the Scenes with Mark Cuban and Kevin

Behind the Scenes with Mark Cuban and Kevin O'Leary

I took some punches from Mark Cuban on the set of <em>Shark Tank</em> while pitching an app, but it's turned out to be a very positive experience. Here are a few lessons learned from the whole experience.
04/03/2014 05:57 EDT
How to Drink Vodka Like a

How to Drink Vodka Like a Russian

Take your time finding the right table at the right restaurant. You'll be there awhile -- might as well get comfortable. The bottle of vodka is to be served cold and of high quality. The person that picks up the first bottle is in charge of pouring and pacing shots for the entire night, even once you change venues...
03/03/2014 05:14 EST
Social Media in

Social Media in Sochi

<img alt="2014-02-14-sochibanner.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2014-02-14-sochibanner.jpg" width="300" height="70" />Given that our own startup company -- Shnarped Hockey -- plays in the social media space, I've paid particular attention to how people are connecting in Sochi, and have found that it's quite different than how people are staying in touch with family and friends back home.
02/24/2014 12:30 EST
Sochi Diaries: Losing With the Russians, Winning With the

Sochi Diaries: Losing With the Russians, Winning With the Swiss

<img alt="2014-02-14-sochibanner.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2014-02-14-sochibanner.jpg" width="300" height="70" />On Wednesday I decided I would try to ask some Russians what they knew about Canada. This line of questioning didn't go far, but did initiate a whirlwind experience that in and of itself has made my entire voyage to Sochi worthwhile.
02/20/2014 05:19 EST
The Molson Fridge at Sochi

The Molson Fridge at Sochi Revealed

<img alt="2014-02-14-sochibanner.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2014-02-14-sochibanner.jpg" width="300" height="70" /> The Passport fridge sits inside the Sochi Canada House, which permits only people with a passport who know an athlete inside. The fridge only has a few empty specialty bottles inside. The kicker - there is actually no Molson Canadian beer in the Canada House whatsoever! It got stuck at the border.
02/16/2014 09:06 EST
Here At Last: Some Surprises From

Here At Last: Some Surprises From Sochi

<img alt="2014-02-14-sochibanner.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2014-02-14-sochibanner.jpg" width="300" height="70" /> Booked three weeks ago on a whim, my trip from Vancouver to Sochi included 40 hours of buses, trains, taxis, layovers, and flights. Not to mention the four hours of standing in lines and two hours of wandering looking for wifi that were required before I could make this post. That said, I'm here and I'm pumped!
02/14/2014 12:28 EST
Why Dragons' Den is Saving

Why Dragons' Den is Saving Business

I recently came across Darrell Kopke's article denouncing the Dragons' Den and its American parallel, Shark Tank for their promotion of a "pitch-first" attitude to entrepreneurship. Kopke claims this approach is "killing businesses," however, there are two fundamental problems with this conclusion.
01/27/2014 12:43 EST