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Scenario: Your primary competitor has just been randomly acquired (not sure by who yet) and they are deprecating support for all their users within 2 weeks. All existing customers are being referred to your platform. How would you manage this transition so it's flawless and to maximize user acquisition? #goodproblemtohave ... See MoreSee Less

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Mohsen ShahiniCould be an opportunity for Canada. Wonder how much this SEC's ruling will impact Kik's upcoming ICO plan.

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Hey folks! As a former Tucowser, I get asked a lot about acquiring domain names. I normally just send people to Name Ninja and today I learned that Bill (former Tucows colleague and fellow Startup North alum) created this handy guide that deserves to be shared with the group. ... See MoreSee Less

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John Philip GreenPrice ranges here look about right, and appropriately wide We bought Housekeeper.ca recently to go with our Housekeeper.com, so can vouch for the .COM vs .CA price ratio I wonder what our Montreal friends Kyle & Wolf paid for Bus.com this year!

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All CDL national sites are now accepting applications across all streams. Don't miss your chance to apply!! bit.ly/cdlapply

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Hey everyone! We have a few extra Executive VIP passes for Techweek Toronto that the Hired team wants to make available to the StartupNorth community here. We’re very excited to be participating in this year’s event, hosting this year’s Hiring Fest at MaRS Discovery District on Thursday and moderating this year’s panel discussing what it takes to hire Elite Engineering Talent with leaders from FreshBooks, DIVE Networks, Shopify and Klipfolio. Please PM me or leave a comment if you’re interested in joining! ... See MoreSee Less

The advantages of diversity seem to resonate strongly with this group. You can see it in the articles that are posted here, the experiences that its members share with us, and in the positive comments and replies to them.

However, the way I see 'diversity' used here is almost always as a proxy for gender or race. When you exclusively use it in this way, you end up reducing the complexity of it, and overlook all of the other factors that go into having a diverse workplace. Instead of doing what often feels like virtue signalling, if you want to have a sincere push for diversity, I think you should make a good-faith effort to consider all of its aspects. For example, one's socioeconomic background is a strong predictor of many things in life, but is seldom mentioned in StartupNorth.

With this in mind, I'd like to hear what everyone thinks are some other overlooked elements of diversity, and how you're addressing them.
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Rob HunterI wrote an article about this for YC's Macro a few years back - 100% agree. Socioeconomic-background diversity is severely lacking in much of startup land - although I'd argue that compared to the US, "high" socioeconomic-class Canadians typically are much more empathetic and aware of what "lower" socioeconomic-class people are going through - there's just a much bigger middle class, and not quite as much inequality between the have's and the have-not's. blog.ycombinator.com/the-mcdonalds-quotient/

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Simran KambojAgreed. I think age is also important.

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Rohan JayasekeraAlso, whatever types of diversity help to reflect the audience of one's product or service. At one organization our audience was pretty much the Canadian population, and I was unhappy that our content producers were so heavily young and urban and left-wing.

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Eva WongWe think and talk about this a lot Borrowell. Gender and ethnicity are the most visible and obvious, and so get the lion's share of the attention. But agree with others that diversity of thought matters. We try to ensure that we're attracting and retaining newcomers to Canada, the LGBT community, introverts/extroverts, etc. and have a fully accessible office for the less able-bodied.

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Beth NennigerHere is a great set of questions if you want a starting point for understanding your own or your team's privilege & oppression: tinyurl.com/ybte2ubu

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Nick RaynerTHANK YOU. Is diversity all we talk about now in this sector? Well I agree. Okay gang, let's go to every successful company in India and Africa and tell them they need more white people. Majority-Japanese companies too, they need way more white people. How about Majority-Aboriginal companies? If any of them don't have white people in there, that probably means they're not living up to their full potential. This is exciting, let's take on these bigot companies.

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Was on a call this week with a Toronto based company who plans on hosting a small tech focused event in the Fall for private and public Canadian companies to meet institutional investors, family offices etc.
Surprised to find out they are asking companies to pay a few thousand dollars to pitch. Haven’t seen this model in several years. In my opinion the ecosystem is alive and well. Curious to know if in recent history companies have had success paying to pitch?
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Michelle McBaneJust say no

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Eric FaustI use to host events where we'd invite like 10-15 VC groups and charge people $100-300ish for the event. They'd get 1 on 1 conversations with each VC so they could build a relationship. I found those who built relationships were the ones who were successful versus those pitching. What's your company called? If you can connect with me on LinkedIn I can provide some intros to different VCs to see if there's a fit. Post-rev I'm guessing?

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Sarah SeitzSounds very silly, unless they have a legit track record with facilitating that kind of one-stop shopping w/o strings attached.

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Ben LucierI'm not in the market, but I'd never pay several thousand dollars for an audience. It's not THAT hard getting an audience through a trusted referral.

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Michael SerbinisNo

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Mark EvansThe pay-per-model is a non-starter.

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Thomas RankinNo

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Peter DavisonPay to play is a) outdated b) is so red herring 1999 c) so industry standard circa 1997

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Lauren Crerar LintonNo. Startups have limited resources and finances and should NOT pay thousands to pitch. It is just wrong. There are other ways to fund these events.http://cixsummit.com/2017/submit_to_present/

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Sarah SeitzAlso makes me wonder how serious investors are if they need money from you to start.

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Bohdan ZabawskyjIts fundamentally 'dodgy'

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Ivan TsarynnyNo! It's a huge red flag for tech sector in my opinion

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Qasim VirjeeHell no

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Ian NicholI was talking to a family office and here is their rundown: They have a network of +2000 bankers, etc. who funnel them potential deals. They review several each day, deep dives on a couple a week, pursue a couple a month, make offers on ~20 a year and are a winning bid on 2-3. Short story - good companies are in short supply. "Real" investors, vs tire-kickers, are in hunting mode.

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Xitij Ritesh PatelIMO, if you feel it necessary to pay others to speak to them about investing in your company, it raises a red flag to me about how much you value your own company. Investors should feel privileged to be able to invest in your company and vision, not the other way around. Of course, there's a delicate balance you have to achieve between being humble and being confident.

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Chris SnoyerYork Angels charges a bunch of admin fees. Nowhere near as greedy as a few thousand, but it still kept us from pitching. It's a cost of doing business, and if the sum of those fees are an absolute drop in the bucket against one solid investment that they may miss out on.

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