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Ilan KoganI have one set up in my basement. Pretty easy to do for under $200. Just buy a white background and a couple of lights/umbrellas (the latter you can often find on Kijiji for cheap). If you get strobes/flashes those will be more expensive, but if you use constant lighting then you can do it for pretty cheap (some good natural white bulbs are sold on Adorama and B&H).

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More details on the 2017 Federal Budget and what it means for Startups.

- $400 million over 3 years for a new Venture Capital Catalyst program

- $14 million over 2 years for Futurpreneur Canada

- $395.5 million over 3 years to expand the youth employment strategy

- $225 million for a new agency over 4 years to advance future skill development

- $124 million over for a Pan Canadian Artificial Intelligence strategy

-$75 million over 2 years to address challenges such as helping Canada’s rural and remote communities reduce their reliance on diesel as a power source

- $300 million over 11 years, that will support the Smart Cities Challenge

- $1.4 billion to support cleantech firms plus

- $400 million additional investment over 5 years for SDTC’s SD Tech Fund

- $8.1 million over five years, starting in 2017–18, to oversee the implementation of the Impact Canada Fund to foster experimentation.

- $1.26 billion five-year Strategic Innovation Fund to consolidate and simplify existing business innovation programming, in particular the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative, Technology Demonstration Program, Automotive Innovation Fund and Automotive Supplier Innovation Program

- $50 million, starting in 2017–18, to launch a new procurement program, Innovative Solutions Canada

- $950 million over 5 years to support superclusters
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Drop is looking for the best employee expense reimbursement tool out there... I've worked with Receipt Bank in the past, anyone have any better recommendations? ... See MoreSee Less

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David CrowCurrently using Receipt Bank with Xero (thanks Liveca, Chartered Accountant) and have used Concur in the past. Love to see what others are using.

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Huda IdreesWe use Expensify now, I like it a touch better than Receipt Bank.

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Leah CarrWe use receipt bank at Crowdmatrix but I've also used Nexonia (Toronto based)

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Karel VuongAlso very happy with Expensify at Diagram.

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Jeff GoldenbergReceipt bank.

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Daniel WarnerCan't go wrong with either Receipt Bank or Expensify. Currently using Receipt Bank linked with Xero, HubDoc and Plooto w/ Liveca,

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Alex ShipilloI've used Expensify and Receipt Bank... I prefer Expensify.

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Yohan MahimwalaCheck out Concur. Used by the big banks as well but very friendly even on mobile.

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Sameera BandukExpensify is pretty great!

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Josh ZweigThanks for the shout-out Daniel Warner and David Crow. There are a lot of factors that go into a decision like this (already using Receipt Bank, number of non-shareholders asking for reimbursements, using corporate vs personal cards, the type of corporate card, complication of approvals, etc.) A general rule of thumb is to use Expensify for employee paid reimbursements and use Receipt Bank for corporate cards and shareholder only receipts. Receipt Bank lacks approvals, mileage and non-receipt entries. Every situation is a little different, but you probably won't be disappointed by using Expensify if it's just for your employees.

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Finally considering making my first angel investment. Tips? ... See MoreSee Less

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Matt BurnsDon't invest just money 😉

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Alexander PehHi Julie. Be very clear (both verbally & on paper) what is expected of you as an Investor (amount of time, use of name, intro to network etc). Good luck 👍

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Andrew PeekHonestly... Pick things that feel right. Even if you can't identify why yet. A natural thesis will emerge.

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Katherine HagueThink about building a portfolio from the beginning (10+ investments). Decide on your cheque size, and stick too it - despite the temptation to put more in some investments than others. Most first time angels put too much in their first couple investments and only later realize they should actually be building a portfolio rather than making a couple big bets.

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Chris SnoyerJulie, congrats on getting to this point! I can't wait to be there one day! I don't have the right resume to be giving advice, but I can relay info on any cool companies I meet that plan to add investors/advisors. In COMPLETELY unrelated news, I'd love to chat with some group members who are: - reading this - part of the 50% (of adults who have worked in the restaurant industry at some point in their lives) - looking for sales/marketing work

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Marc AlloulAlong the good previous advices (number of investments and expectations) .. Make sure in your mind that you consider this amount of money "lost" or rather "parked" for a undefined amount of time (which could be for ever or lost).

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Leah CarrYou can also invest through crowdmatrix.co our platform allows you to invest alongside sophisticated lead investors who have vetted the deal and set the terms

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Ian Andrew BellDon't do just one. Odds are, you'll be disappointed. Do it as part of a portfolio strategy or, do it as means to roll up your sleeves and get involved.

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Yuri NavarroDon't invest alone. Try to lean on your network for both deal flow and intel. If you like, I would be happy to speak with you about it.

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Parveen KalerI wrote my first two cheques last year. Here are some takeaways: - know your cheque size and pace - spreadsheet out your risk/probability/expected value - know what the outcomes have to look like for your next 10 cheques - you'll probably write 50 cheques in your career. Think through the distribution - say yes fast. Entrepreneurs appreciate that. - say no fast. Entrepreneurs appreciate that. - Think through who is leading the round and what "lead" means - Put together a due diligence checklist and be up front with entrepreneurs about your process - Think through proprietary deal flow - Know if you will do notes, preferred equity, and/or common equity - Know which terms matter to you (pro-rata?) - Will/when will you follow on? - Can you hand off your investment to a VC that will put more capital into the company in later rounds? That's off the top of my head.

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Kevin KlimanBe quick. Dont waste any of your entrepreneurs time.

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Yves BoudreauAlso recommend reading: www.amazon.com/Venture-Deals-Smarter-Lawyer-Capitalist/dp/1118443616 it offers a lot of insights and provides a balanced approach for both founders and investors on what is typically considered fair terms. Congrats!

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Matt McGowanHave fun and enjoy it!

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Phil CutlerHappy to chat about that.

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Amir MotahariMake sure your experience and knowledge align with the company you're investing into. A cheque and direct industry experience is a lot more valuable than the cheque alone.

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Alexander NormanThere are some great articles / posts on being a successful angel here: angel.co/syndicates/for-investors

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Gershon HurwenA lot of people have mentioned diversification already. Another layer on top of that, is holding back funds for reinvestment in your winners.

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In acknowledgement and celebration of International Women's Day I'd love to hear what percentage of the team you work with are women?

I'm proud to say that 53% of the VarageSale team are women; 67% of our managers are women.

Anyone else want to share? #BeBoldForChange
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Eva LauAt Wattpad, we have 57% women in the leadership team 😊

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Rachael CraigAt MotionHall, 60% of our team are women, including our first engineering hire. I'm extremely proud to be working with such a smart and driven group of women.

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Corey Herscu100% of my team are women and I couldn't do what I do successfully without them.

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Saadia MuzaffarI am here to say thank you to Tami for creating space for both celebration and accountability. If you feel reluctant posting your numbers here, let's get to work. 💪

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Mudit Singh RawatAt Urbery, 50% of the workforce is women. That's not including the amazing women who are part of our shopping and delivery fleet (which is ~ 70% women)

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Amrita ChandraAt CrowdRiff we are 37% women and only one woman (me) out of 6 ppl on the leadership team. We know we have work to do, and I hope we'll post better numbers as we grow.

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John Philip GreenLast time we did the tally CareGuide was 60-65% women. (I can also point out that we've had employees in their teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s.)

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Christian LassondeAt impression 0% of our partners are women (boo hiss) though the sample size is 2. That said, 33% of our investments are lead by women. 33% of our advisory council (our bosses) are women.

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Lucas WalkerWe're only two people so saying 50% of our team is women is misleading. However we wouldn't be able to do it without all the support of the women in our lives. Also, most of our customers are women.

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Amar Gandhi85% at AN Commerce

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Nicole Smith92% of our team are women.

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Jim Moss5/11 at Plasticity 1/3 founders

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Nelson Lai0% with no plans to change.

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Naomi Elana ZenerMy entire small but mighty department is currently all women.

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Bohdan ZabawskyjOne third of my *engineering team* (including leadership roles) are women.

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