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I think it's worth noting that one of this community's own (Sean Silcoff) is nominated for the National Public Relations Excellence in Science and Technology Reporting Award. The Award is presented to a journalist or writer raising the public profile of science and technology and contributing to the building of a science and technology culture in Canada. ... See MoreSee Less
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Not only is VC investing off to a torrid pace in Canada so far, but the number of big ($20m+) deals is way up, according to the data folk at Thomson Reuters. Here's a link to my story. It's behind the Globe's paydoor, but that's something a simple subscription will take care of. ... See MoreSee Less
The meeting begins without fanfare. They thought I was an amazing worker at first, working late every night, last out of the office, but now they wonder if the work was just too hard for me to begin with. They need to know: Am I down for the cause? Because if I’m not down for the cause, it’s time. T…
Sanjay SinghalThis author is incredible, but the whole thing is unbelievable. Literally. Unless of course you've lived in the valley. But doesn't it oddly lack a point? I got to the end and was pissed when the "next" button went to another article. What'd I miss?
Jake Anthony Hishonregardless I'm still going to use it, and people are still going to drive...
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Varun MathurUber has threatened to pull out of Toronto if this doesn't go their way today.. so this is a make/break vote. Edmonton, Calgary also "allow" Uber (with a high bar) but Uber doesn't want to operate there as yet.
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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.
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Varun MathurI think the right forum for affirmative action in tech is at the education level - encouraging everybody, some more so than others, on a tech education - in high school/colleges (and startups can play a role in that). Beyond that, in the industry, it has to be purely based on merit alone and we need to be blind to any attributes of a person - race/gender/ethnicity should be irrelevant and not favor or disfavor one group over another. Would any person who believes in his/ her merit in the tech industry feel comfortable he/she got hired for a role not just because of merit, but because of an attribute/affirmative action ?
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Steven UsterAmazing article. We are currently on a mission to attract and hire more women at FundThrough. I completely agree with Jonathan on this. It is critical for the success of any company, especially a start up. There are some amazing tips and tools in this article that we will start using ASAP to ensure that the vast majority of our next hires are female.
Gustavo MeloThe "best candidate vs. best team" argument is the most important here, as I see it. Without a clear and specific framework we can use (and we don't have a good one for hiring yet) to remove bias from the hiring process, it's inordinately difficult to do so in practice. However, a shift in perspective towards the desirable qualities of a more diverse team, especially as it impacts business success, gives you an immediate counterbalance and added incentive to be more mindful of thought processes related to hiring.
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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