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Smart, frank insights in here (as well as a big shout-out to Harley Finkelstein and the gang at Shopify) but I think the most interesting observations in this piece about the challenges of innovating in legacy businesses are in this paragraph: "I’m often asked whether old-economy businesses can reinvent themselves. In a large, complex and (dare I say) successful business, it requires real, impassioned commitment from the top. But even then, forces make it difficult. The inability to shed legacy costs, lack of entrepreneurial conditions and risk-taking, pressure to produce earnings and halfheartedness often lead to innovation theatre rather than innovation culture."
Elena YunusovIs it me, or is it so self-congratulatory it hurts? And we never find out the names of people who came up with the app in the first place? and by all means, thank you Shopify for being the voice of reason.
Varun MathurCanada Post has this incredible amount of data about the addresses it delivers at - its too bad we as Canadians have to depend upon businesses based in another country to advertise locally here or to even see curated data about local businesses. Their online tool to geo-target delivery of physical ads is clunky, expensive and impractical... Kudos for creating the Canada Post app and for leading/atleast thinking about innovation, but I think being a startup is a persistence state of nimbleness and not one-offs.. The potential of Canada Post's data is untapped for Canadians.
20 hours ago · 1
Jim Moss"innovation theatre" is one of the best labels I've ever heard.
18 hours ago · 3
Bobby BhathalCanada Post is going to remain shit until they subsidize it for business owners. Extremely expensive
Jeff NolanYes, good piece and thanks for sharing. I think a key piece of this puzzle in in the first sentence.... "5 years ago I was 30 days into the job..."
What Chopra details is the behavior of a bureaucratic organization that earns the consequence that Darwin predicts.
Great line up including Dave McClure Renee DiResta Tim O'Reilly Kara Swisher Jevon MacDonald Tom Williams Carl Mercier Harley Finkelstein Alistair Croll Flack Mavelle Holly Knowlman Douglas Soltys Sean Silcoff Jason Goldlist and many more.
Curious to know if anybody else here is contributing to the DAO ? daohub.org/
If not, few hours are left to contribute to the first DAO, The DAO, which has already raised around/the equivalent of "$140 million". If that gives you a headache, recommend reading this article about DAO, Ethereum, Bitcoin and Blockchain.
The DAO is basically an automated venture fund which will automatically manage immutable financial contracts based on a set of pre-defined rules, where the investors get no equity, but with the tokens they bought to create the DAO (with their "ether" currency...converted from Bitcoin or bought with USD/EUR) - they get proportional rights to vote on project proposals put forth by "contractors" (entrepreneurs). Proposals accepted will be executed in the real-world by these contractors and managed by smart contracts, and the token holders will derive some benefit. You can create your own DAO, but this DAO, "the DAO" will presumably lead to other "startups" leveraging Ethereum, such as say slock.it (if its proposal gets accepted) slock.it/roadmap.html
Can't say how this pans out, but is intriguing... I am in with 1 ether (about $12) just to see what the heck is going on there.. ... See MoreSee Less
Tom BieleckiI applaud the audacity of the experiment but think it's best just to watch from the sidelines. Anonymity aside, I frankly don't want to be held liable by participating. It's a very complicated and untested model. As with Apple products, wait for V2 or V3 ;)
3 days ago
Ryan LazanisIt's interesting. The DAO seems to be the hot thing in cryptocurrency at the moment.
3 days ago
Varun MathurThe DAO is not a cryptocurrency. It is an economic, for profit organization which uses smart contracts and cryptocurrency called Ether as its foundational units. This is also a good read - a function of slock.it ..one of the proposals for the DAO to fund once it comes into being tomorrow... "imagine that being able to accept payments from renters and unlock accordingly was a function of a lock itself" .. that is the key phrase here... a function of a lock itself... Its inherently useful, it is a matter of what kind of innovative startups being products and solutions to the market... The DAO has a $140 million headstart so not easy to dismiss it anymore..
3 days ago · 1
Varun MathurThe DAO is live now and has been created. Perhaps the most audacious, craziest, wildest idea since Netscape back in 1995. I recommend reading this whitepaper to get a sense of a practical application - it is a proposal by slock.it for their "Universal Sharing Network" and "Ethereum Computer", they are requesting funding from the DAO for it.
If their vision comes to life - it would mean you buy an "Ethereum Computer" from your local Best Buy and use it to rent/sell/share any object you want (this Ethereum Computer is a blockchain node you are bringing home, running on Ubuntu). For example, you can list your home for rent. Discovery for end-users would be through mobile apps Slock.it would develop. Payment would be in national currencies too. The vision here is instead of paying a centralized company 10-30% of what your object can make by being rented/shared, you pay up to 5% to the DAO. Smart locks on the door would unlock only if the payment has been made..
This link here lists out some Ethereum use cases: [email protected][email protected]j
Alistair CrollHey, you forgot Kara Swisher and Alexis O'Hanian. And a bunch more. Yeah, the lineup kinda went bonkers this year; I can't wait.
Oh, and we have a VR lounge thing happening. In fact, I'm running an AR/VR day on the Wednesday before things get started, given the number of people in town in that field. Ping me if you want an invite.
Lloyed LoboThanks for mentioning us David. Use code StartupNorth. Solid lineup at tractionconf.io/speakers. Two days of workshops + talks + parties + we're hosting a CEO summit with all speakers and Canadian CEOs. Lots of Valley VCs and Founders/ CEOs coming up. Email [email protected] if you have any questions
Brydon Gillissyes, thanks David Crow, the train is back for our 5th year and we've managed to actually lower ticket prices for startups, currently only $599 which includes your conference and our first class train ride to Montreal! Thanks for helping to spread the word!
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Happy to announce the return of StartupDrinks Toronto on June 8th at the Hotel Ocho!
For those who are unfamiliar, StartupDrinks is a monthly event targeted towards founders at all stages. SUDs is a casual event where you can grab a pint, connect, share, and learn from some of your fellow up-and-coming startup company leaders. At the very least, come and practice your pitch.
I'd met a good number of you at StartupDrinks over the years. Always looking forward to meeting more!
We're Baaaaaaa-aaack! June 8th to kick off @StartupDrinksTO for 2016! By popular demand we will be hosting the next StartupDrinks in Toronto on June 8th. Join us and keep the spirit of Toronto's startup community alive, one pint at a time. It's a simple concept: Have a pint, connect, share exper...