"1. What you measure matters. 2. And org chart matters. 3. Listen to your users, but know when to ignore them too. 4. Think of user trust like a bank. You want to deposit a lot more than you withdraw. 5. It's not always up and to the right, and that's okay. Stay focused on the long term, and keep perspective on what you've accomplished." ... See MoreSee Less
Come out to the first Troughs and Triumphs event at Influitive, inspired by the great off the record dinner chats of experienced SaaS leaders popular in Silicon Valley. We have Steven Woods, my co-founder at Eloqua and now co-founder/CTO of Nudge, Razor Suleman, founder/CEO from Achievers, and Ashira Lapin, SVP of People and Culture from Wave discussing how they stared down the abyss and built incredible high growth, valuable companies. I'm going to moderate and ferret out how to get through the trough from product, go-to-market and culture/leadership perspectives.
IT World Canada is hosting its first Digital Transformation Awards this June 14 in Toronto. We're looking for nominees from the private and public sector that have reinvented a business model and demonstrated innovation in technology and strategy. If you think your own business or perhaps one of your clients might be a fit, completing a nomination only takes minutes. My team of journalists will also be covering many of the stories coming out of this project, so I'd love to hear from you. ... See MoreSee Less
I'm trying to have a market research of competitors and work on SEO & PPC, any suggestion for an engine? I have tried SpyFU but it only provides services for the markets in US & UK. I need to look into couple of different countries (will be an English search anyways) ... See MoreSee Less
Inspiring story. Someone without a background in "VC" or tech entrepreneurship has had such an amazing run, based on instincts and understanding the pulse of the consumers and the acquirers.
Apart from Jet.com and Dollar Shave Club...she has also invested in Warby Parker and Birchbox...
"In 2010, she raised an angel investment fund to make one-off investments in companies like Birchbox, a cosmetics subscription service, and Warby Parker, an eyeglasses retailer, while she studied how to raise a venture fund."
This is where I drop my morning coffee -- "while she studied how to raise a venture fund" she already made two spectacular investments...
..and then later on "..With that fund, Ms. Green put $1 million into Dollar Shave Club when the start-up was valued at just $5 million. "
"Last year, both those start-ups hit the jackpot: Unilever bought Dollar Shave Club for $1 billion, while Walmart purchased Jet.com for $3.3 billion."
and this : "Of the 30 companies in her first fund, eight have been acquired. In her second $75 million fund, which she raised in 2014, two companies have been acquired, including Jet.com."
Ben ZifkinReal deal. Love this firm. They are helping drive this new world of retail/brand that we believe in at Hubba. You can imagine, the crazy two weeks they had when Dollar Shave Club acquisition was announced and then 13 days later Jet.com acquisition was announced.
Which Canadian tech startups do you see being talked about in Asia ?
Tonight I found myself casually surfing through India's largest read newspaper's website at midnight today - and here it is - people talking about Wattpad. Regular Indians writing massively long and interesting Bollywood-inspired stories on Wattpad, and here is India's largest English language newspaper covering it.
When a Canada-based startup is part of the conversation in that part of the world, in India or China - that is quite something!
(Not linking the story here because it is about Bollywood and not relevant otherwise - just a snippet here..)
This level of reach prior to this I have only seen for Shopify - in a random Facebook group people from Indonesia were raving about it!
I would imagine HootSuite reaches far and wide with its products as well. Which are the other truly global locally-based tech startups ? ... See MoreSee Less
Joyce JanczynBonnie, I'm not that connected to the Waterloo community. Hopefully some folks from Communitech chime in here, if they've haven't been in contact directly already. If you find yourself in Toronto, let me know.