I'm involved with a terrific organization called Founders Pledge, which has completely redesigned how we as founders can intelligently give back to the society that enables our innovation and growth. I've spent years thinking about how to do this, and these folks have nailed it with brilliant design. Founders Pledge is based in London UK and I am bringing them to Canada this year.
The process is simple - you commit to donate at least 2% of your personal proceeds upon exit to charity. Founders Pledge does deep, proprietary research on charities of all types so that your money drives the most value. There are lots of opportunities to learn more about valuable social causes, as well as networking with your fellow founders and social entrepreneurs. These events are so good that I fly to London to attend the ones that are there. Starting in October, we will have events in Toronto as well.
Some of you are involved with the Upside Foundation, which is also great. Founders Pledge is not in competition with Upside, but rather complementary as Upside focuses on business giving and Founders Pledge is personal for founders. If your business is already valued over $50M, it can be challenging to get approval to donate 1% of company equity - Founders Pledge is easy as it is personal, and you have a lot more control over how you donate.
If you are interested in learning more, please message me. I would love to have some more great founders to work with to build up this incredible organization here in Canada.
Jen CouldreySo great to see this Mark! We at Upside have already started having conversations with David about how we can collaborate in Canada. Would love to have a conversation with you around this as well. We're excited to see our collective movement for founders to give back taking off in such a big way!
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We are moving to our beautiful new space right by the lake and have some extra space available for shared office rental on a separate floor. Know anyone looking for an awesome office in downtown Toronto ? Get in touch with us.
Bob VaezThis used to be UFC Canada's office, hence the red walls. And we got them to leave behind some of their furniture too the board room table was a custom design table to match the Octagon shaped fight cages 🥊
This week on #AskAnInvestor (sponsored by TribalScale) we feature Randy Cass the founder & CEO of Nest Wealth and his thoughts on how strategic/corporate investors can be a fit for early stage startups.
Nest Wealth recently raised $6 million from National Bank Financial
Varun MathurThese were the notes which led to the book "Zero to One". Here is another interesting essay about "distribution" -- same key principle, find one distribution strategy which works really well as opposed to the kitchen sink approach.
" Poor distribution—not product—is the number one cause of failure. If you can get even a single distribution channel to work, you have great business. If you try for several but don’t nail one, you’re finished. So it’s worth thinking really hard about finding the single best distribution channel."
Kudos to Sunil & the FI team on this partnership - there aren't many opportunities for first time founders at a nascent stage with their idea/MVP, so this $5000 grant surely could help make a big impact.
SAN FRANCISCO, April 25, 2017: Semiannually, C100 invites a group of the most promising companies in Canada to San Francisco for 48Hrs in the Valley , a program designed to support the organization’s mission to “bring the best of Silicon Valley to accelerate Canada’s innovation economy”. Las
David CrowI'm a "Startup Whisperer".
I help founders perform a variety of different tasseography techniques. Including reading the smiling faces of potential investors.
But this is amazing, I totally have been positioning my efforts wrong.