Tim CapesIt's progress, but the ambiguous staying terms kind of suck. I'd really hate to be worrying about unclear policy and responses at bureaucratic time scales when scaling a start-up. If you want to back start-up based immigration, there should be more stability. Maybe: 30-day voiding if company goes bankrupt (similar to other conditional work VISAs), otherwise on 4/5-year renewals with clearly posted targets for whether a 4/5-year renewal will be approved, and the ability to apply for exceptions in some circumstances. Right now this VISA is shorter than a NAFTA VISA with a more ambiguous renewal process despite the fundraising bar for entry seeming much higher than a NAFTA bar. It's also a limited enough VISA that any start-up founder who can get an O-1 instead is better off doing so.
Hi SN, We are issuing our first press release next week. Any suggestions on the channel. Also we are seeking an English copywriter to review the text. Please message me if you have recommendations of any of these. Big thanks! ... See MoreSee Less
Amazingly hyped to kick off bilingual content on BetaKit today. Wouldn't be possible without Gabrielle Drouin and Lauren Jane holding it down in MTL. This is very new for us, so please don't hesitate to post (constructive) feedback. We'll continue to work and make our process better.
Georgian Partners has secured US$375 million ($485 million) for its third growth equity fund, winning limited partners over to an investment strategy that adds to the firm’s pioneering focus on applied analytics. The Toronto-based firm announced the close of Georgian Partners Growth Fund III this we...
Great interview with WLU Lazaridis Business School Dean Micheál Kelly on Lazaridis Institute's initiative to help Canadian companies scale globally through their Scale Up Program.
"Our goal at the institute is to build a network of top talented people who are practitioners, who’ve been on the battle lines of a lot of these companies, and who really understand the challenges that they’re going to face."
Question for my fellow SNs. We use Grasshopper + Vonage as our in-house phone combo for inbound sales/support. It's been less than reliable to say the least, so I was wondering if anyone had better options to propose? ... See MoreSee Less
Joseph TeoHey Yves We run our sales and support off Skype. It's $9.99/month and you get your own skype number and unlimited calling across north america. Get your own Skype number (We got a NY one so that it's familiar to our customers and prospect) and you can forward it to your local number as well. Been working great for us! Hope that helps :)
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Yogi YoganathanCheck out aircall.io don't use them but they are doing some cool things
Ali H DinaniInteresting - We use Talkdesk for support at CareGuide and our team loves it. The only problem is that their analytics platform isn't great.
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Rodrigo Madrizvonage has worked for me at my home for about 5 years. Not one glitch. I understand VOIP.ms is as good but you may expect an inferior service level (e.g. by email) vs. a call center. Voip.ms is significantly cheaper too
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Colin SampaleanuI like voip.ms. They are very reliable, have great support, and are way cheaper than Vonage. I don't know why somebody would pay the premium for Vonage given the other options out there...
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Jevon MacDonaldIf it's for anything customer facing, don't be cheap! Get a high quality route -- something like trulywireless.com/ -- Twilio, Grasshopper, etc are NOT good enough or reliable enough IMO.
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Brian SharwoodWe use Talkdesk and it's been solid. I think we've got about 6-7 agent licences on it. Grasshopper is really just for 1-5 people. Vonage is really just for single use.
Douglas SoltysVery interesting stuff. Is it silly of me to ask though what type of illegal questions Melissa Shapiro Nightingale is referring to in the piece? I didn't even know that was a thing, honestly.
Kamil RextinI've been told about simillar experiences from men and women and some have happened to me. Thank you for writing about this :) There's always this massive power imbalance in hiring that I find odd, it should always be a mutually respectful process.
Krista PawleyHad a similar experience with a high profile startup - people need to remember that the community is small and a hard earned reputation can quickly destroyed by terrible experiences like these. All the fancy perks in the world don't mean a thing if candidates don't feel respected. Who wants to work with jerks?!
Nicole KellyYES. I hear this way too often. Oftentimes I attribute it to complete oblivion on the CEO's part (or whoever is doing the interview) on how to actually assess “culture fit". IMO, that was the best interview she has ever had. She was able to get a true sense of what the leadership entails at that company before joining the team. I don't chalk this up to just interview questions and pipeline, but signs of being a poor leader overall and how that likely resonates in other aspects of the company and this person's decision making.
Sarah Prevette and I co-authored a piece in the Globe today on our technical talent shortages here in Canada - and how the government can help address as part of the upcoming innovation agenda. ... See MoreSee Less
Abhishek MathurWell written! To take this article to the next level ... what are your thoughts on producing tech talent in Canada vs. retaining tech talent in Canada?
Engineering schools in Canada are producing fantastic tech talent, but a fair portion of my friends and acquaintances interested in tech are leaving Canada. What's the government's role in that?
Matthew HollingsheadI'd also put the onus on companies to focus on expanding the capabilities of the talent that is available. Knowledge sharing and internal mentoring can help develop and inspire your employees. As I grow our team, I see it as an opportunity to mould talent.
Boris MannFor basic contracts, especially around custom development (either you providing it or you contracting it) we really should just have free high quality templates available. Here's mine -- [email protected]/sample-consulting-agreement-8300bcbe538
So, which law firm in Canada is actually going to go all 21st century and provide a set of these?!?!?!?!!?
Kelly McGregorIf you're involved with Velocity (you appear to be from uw), there's a lawyer/advisor who has done some work for us that we are happy with and she offers free to cheap rates for velocity companies. Email me at [email protected] and I'll refer you.