If this is the first time you're hearing about Women and Color, please read this feature on BetaKit by Jessica Galang which covers why I started this initiative, what I plan to do and how I'm going about it.
Early stage—The stage at which a company has been established but has not yet started generating revenues. Typically, an early-stage company has a core management team and a proven concept or product, but does not have a positive cash flow.
So after a session I participated in at MaRS about tech recruiting a few weeks ago, Sarah Efron from the Globe & Mail asked me to put some of my points into an op-ed. It just posted here, if you’re interested:
I have to say, I was hesitant to write it. On the one hand, I think tech is in a really shitty spot on diversity, and I want to help any way I can because it pisses me off and it’s a place that Toronto should really be excellent and we aren’t, yet. But I also know that white men have a nasty habit of ending up in the centre of every conversation and I don’t really like any situation where I seem to be putting myself up there as an expert on stuff that, really, many other people know far more about than I do. The stuff in the article is pretty basic, first pass stuff, but judging from the MaRS audience, still new to some.
Anyhow, I hope I got that through in the post — it is a thing I care a lot about, but I am curious to know if you folks think I got the balance right, or just became another part of the problem. Thanks for any feedback, regardless. ... See MoreSee Less
Avery SwartzThis is so great Johnathan. I love that you even acknowledge that you shouldn't be the one saying it, but you have to.
Also, don't assume this is "basic, first pass stuff." It's still new to a lot... I've seen many in this group make many of these mistakes.
Kamil Rextin"I don’t care who you are, just show me your hobby projects on Github, or your think pieces on Medium” – but a bit of reflection is all it takes to realize that screening based on free-time pursuits gets you more affluent white men than it does underemployed single moms." ✊🏾
Colleen Sargeant JamesVery well written and valid points! I find companies are talking about diversity now because it's a hot topic but they are disingenuous. The fact is, in order to be diverse you must be inclusive and the lack of diversity will always suggest exclusion.
John Philip GreenNice that everyone is talking about this (again)... but is my company CareGuide still the only high growth tech startup in Canada that actually has more women than men?
Can anyone name another like us with more than 20 employees?
Karen Schulman DupuisJonathan, it's a good, solid piece, and I commend you for calling out the fact that you're a white man speaking about diversity (which of course is crazy in this context). I think that there are some people that are in the startup community that wouldn't listen to this piece unless it was written by a guy, so we have to tackle these issues piece by piece.
Next steps in this conversation is to include the women who're doing the hard work in this space day after day. I encourage you to connect with Cathy Gallagher-Louisy of The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion for resources, guidance, experts and insights.
I am looking for help in identifying female angel investors across Canada. Suggestions, please!
Also, if you are attending StartupFest already and are interested in the topic of founders & funders, join me at AngelFest. I know I'm going to try and rope David Crow into at least an AMA or round table :) ... See MoreSee Less
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Lucas WalkerGood post but I'd like to add something if I may. Identify your ideal customer and make them a special list of prospect. They will have a higher LTV and be less likely to churn. Once you've identified them use all the methods you've mentioned to win them. Create intros, cold call their entire executive team, make a blog post that they will see the value in and send it to them.
Even hit them with a custom audience based on email so they see you on FB.
Hi all, we're recording a very special edition podcast on startups and mental health tomorrow as part of CMHA Mental Health Week next week. We have one spot still left open and are looking for a founder willing to speak about the internal struggle that can accompany and burden building a business, as well as the needs of all founders to look after the mental needs of their employees.
This is a topic close to my heart (and head). Hit me with a message if you can be downtown Toronto tomorrow afternoon as part of a dope pod crew. ... See MoreSee Less
Douglas SoltysHi everyone, totally overwhelmed by the number of public and private messages being sent my way with offers to participate and share personal stories. This is great. I think we're good for tomorrow's podcast recording, but I'm going to reach out to everyone individually to see if there's more that we can do. This isn't just a one-off for us.
What do you guys think is a fair amount to pay per hour to have access to a meeting room or boardroom in somebody else’s office (during office hours)?
Update: we are now looking for a sublet, our own place, or joining another startup that has enough place for us. We are 5 now and growing, would need 2-3 desks more soon. Any help/recommendations would be appreciated. We were formerly at the DMZ and CSI before that. ... See MoreSee Less
Aram MelkoumovRyan Shupak I looked into that, but that's like a loft/apartment. I just need access to a board room or a 4-5 person meeting room per hour. Let me rephrase - I have somewhere I can get a boardroom, but just need to find a fair price to propose to them. (We are on the same floor).