Elena Yunusovoh wow. kind of glad I wasn't there.. I know just how this kind of thing would make me feel
15 hours ago · 5
Amanda LevinA great share and an important discussion to have. "It is also a stark reminder that having a few women in the mix doesn’t mean that the conversation will necessarily change."
15 hours ago · 9
Douglas SoltysThis is probably going to spur a lot of conversation, and before it ramps up too much, I just like to be on the record saying that John Philip Green I appreciate the care you take in creating context/space for these important conversations. You, for one, don't compare people to Trump.
Alyssa AtkinsI have both publicly and privately pressed Next Canada to take its gender imbalance seriously. Have been constantly assured that the org is "working on it". Such an egregious display of poor judgement (or blatant disregard?) shows my imploring has fallen of deaf ears.
Claire AtkinThank you for your support. It means the world to me. If there is anything you need to bolster your argument, please let me know. Signed, a women in tech
14 hours ago · 9
Rena WangJust reminded me of a conversation I had with someone at Beyond the Code - about gender inequality in tech. Literally a diversity event and the dude tells me: "Oh, well other people have it hard too. Women here should be grateful."
Well, I guess if you put it that way...
14 hours ago · 8
Christian LassondeI’m the VC friend that shared this with John Philip Green, full kudos to him for starting this conversation. I didn’t attend the Spotlight awards, I had to attend another event that night. If I was there I would like to think I would have said something much sooner.
What they did was unacceptable to my mind. I've shared my thoughts with them privately. Here is hoping they step up and do the right thing.
And even bigger kudos to Petra Kassun-Mutch, who I don't know, for be brave, going against the bro-culture, and calling out bullshit when she saw it.
Kamil RextinI was puzzled by the thumbnail and then it made sense. Wow.
14 hours ago · 2
Erin GrahamWow. I didn't know about this. I am not so much a woman in tech but an angel investor who loves this space. I was at the first Toronto chapter of CultureLabx last night, which was raising money for Ladies Learning Code, and the speaker was... CEO of Next himself. Disappointed that I was tweeting comments that now seem rather disingenuous.
Gilbert Jason BaileyDouglas Soltys and John Philip Green. I don't think there has to be a lot of sensitivity. I don't think there is much room for differences of opinion. You are either on the right side of history or the wrong side of it. Where this one lies is not up to 'opinion'. #Because2016
Mark MacLeodOurs should be the most progressive industry. I caught a bunch of slack on this group in January for saying I was looking for a female analyst. I was accused of bias but it led to finding Rena Wang. If we don't proactively force change we will get more of the same. My firm is 1/3 white male. But we need to work harder on gender.
13 hours ago · 26
Daneal CharneyMichael Moore's recent film, "where to invade next" talks about several countries including France and Germany getting to 1/3rd women execs through a quota. One woman in leadership is token, 2 is a minority, 3 finally starts to change the conversation.
12 hours ago · 4
John MacRitchieWhat the hell were they thinking? If I had put together an event with this feature, I would be fired. If I brought my boss to this event I would have been very embarrassed and it would have cost my credibility as well as that of the event and its organizers. Stuff like this works against us on so many levels.
12 hours ago · 5
Malgosia GreenI will take full responsibility for John being cautious on this matter. I'm always reticent to publicly call somebody out and shame them over something. They could have been honestly unaware or oblivious to the matter. God knows I put my foot in my mouth on many occasions. I personally find it more effective to reach out privately and have an honest, tempered conversation. People are less likely to get their backs up and become polarized. It was a great event overall with a great theme and a good cause. Do I agree with the choice of server staff and after party venue? Definitely not.
Vicki SaundersFeedback to N36 - newly rebranded NextCanada - has fallen on deaf ears for years and has recently been met with "hush up" emails to grads from the program who have called them out. This group is #notMYnextCanada
11 hours ago · 12
Jill EarthyWe absolutely need to call these situations out publicly but in a constructive way. It needs to be Men & Women working together to make this change by creating new environments supportive of all.
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Has anyone worked with MarkMonitor (www.markmonitor.com/) before in regards to buying a domain name that they are squatting on? Or even tips on how to get a domain name that is owned by a squatter. ... See MoreSee Less
Ben LucierFormer Tucowser here. If you're serious about acquiring a domain name, I'd recommend you talk to Bill Sweetman over at Name Ninja before you do anything. I've sent a number of friends to him (some of them StartupNorth members) and the feedback has always been positive (disclosure: Bill and I used to work together at Tucows where he ran their domain portfolio).
2 days ago · 2
Ryan McKegneyMarkMonitor isn't really a retail registrar, so the domain you are looking at may be owned by a major corp like Google or Verizon. They handle registrations for major brands like that and also do things like trademark enforcement.
Speaking at NACO (National Angel Summit) nxt wk w Globe & Mail on creating a culture of risk and success in Canada.
The Canadian brand & culture is generally perceived as being about modesty & politeness. This is often cited by investors and entrepreneurs as a leading cause for why we don't realize our fullest potential when competing globally.
So my questions are: - is this even accurate? how risk-averse are we really? or do you see something else @ play here? - how we can overcome issues that limit the growth of Canada's startup ecosystem? - what we can do to get our investors & founders to be bolder, to take bigger moonshot risks & to celebrate their success?
Thanks a mill, Startup North peeps - look forward to hearing your voices & sharing with the Summit! Mx cc Michael Daniel Marcus Boris ... See MoreSee Less
Varun MathurSorry to answer a question with a question, but I think the answer lies in what is the state of pre-seed investing in Canada - when its just the team+market opportunity ? Which first-time entrepreneur here has raised $500k-$1M at that stage without a product and without traction ? Who are the investors willing to write those kind of checks ?
If bulk of the investment activity is in stages where some risk has been managed -- eg seed -- "show me traction and evidence of PM/fit", then that is increasingly coming down from a moonshot to a specific, niche market.
Anecdotal experience: First startup I did here in Toronto wanted to make a "web operating system" which would provide a unified set of UI components and back-end services like single-sign on to develop their web apps. Idea was to provide web-based tools to enable anybody (including non-developers) to build their own apps quickly enough; along with a custom markup language. That was in 2005 - way before Facebook Platform, Facebook connect, fbml, etc; that was our moonshot. The team included folks with extensive s/w and CS background, including a programmer who was ranked amongst the top 50 in the world.
Yet - we didn't believe it was feasible to execute on that in Toronto as it was too big of an idea and a...moonshot.
Only if I had known of a local investor writing pre-seed checks at the founder/market opportunity level for moonshots.. If I ever crack it big and have the ability to write $500k-$1M checks, first and foremost thing I would promote is the belief that "yes, you can..Dream big and yes, it can be supported here". Its not the founders who are not thinking big enough.. but again, just my anecdotal experience on my startup #1 here in Toronto.
Boris MannMeredith J Powell I believe pre-seed / pre-A and lack of risk taking angels is the biggest issue, which is why I work on Open Angel Canada.
Yes, our founder entrepreneurs need to think big. But, the best of them that do get sucked directly into top tier US programs.