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Wow, talk about a bad year! Now I feel bad for all the ribbing I gave Kyle Racki that year when he/Proposify were at Volta. amazing to see them blowing past 1m$ ARR and growing fast.

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Joseph FungHoly crap one heck of a story - great read Jevon. "It's just tenacity"

9 hours ago   ·  1
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Kyle RackiI don't recall too much ribbing Jevon

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Michael MahonJevon MacDonald I'm sure it's all because of you... :-)

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Scott LeblancGreat stuff

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Dan MartellThat's a lot to deal with in a year... but life doesn't happen to you, it happens for you - congrats Kyle Racki

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Danielle LovellBeen loving the proposify podcast!

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Rob GoehringIncredible story of passion and purpose. That is a lot to deal with in one year for sure. As Dan said, life happens for you. A good case study here for Ryan Holliday's Obstacle is the Way!!

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Sometimes it is important to remind ourselves of all of the amazing things going on here in Canada. In just the last few weeks:

- Influitive passed the elusive $10M ARR threshold.
- League announces a monster 'A' round.
- Hubba passed over 20,000 companies on the network.
- Shopify announces a major partnership with Apple Pay
- Andela raises a ton of money from Mark Zuckerberg
- Resson, a company out of Fredricton lands big growth funding from a huge strategic
- 500px was selected by the White House's New Tech Inclusion Pledge
- Nudge lands a hefty seed round.
- TechCrunch posts a really positive article about the community here.
- Harvard/IHS found Toronto to be the #6 city in the world for Female entrepreneurs but we all know there is still a lot of work to do here.
- Wattpad partners with Turner, a major U.S. studio/broadcaster.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.These are just the things on the top of my mind. I am missing a bunch, particularly from the west coast.

What is your company proud of? Would love to pile on all of your great news too (without too much shameless self-promotion of course).
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Ben Baldwin+ Vitalik Buterin and Ethereum hail from Toronto. Right, Dmitry Buterin?

7 days ago   ·  8
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Jodi EchakowitzOverbond (client) announced a $7.5M seed round last week. I'm thinking this is one of the biggest seed funding rounds in Canada in recent memory...

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Ben ZifkinFigure 1 launched messaging which is a game-changer in their industry.

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Ben Baldwin+ I think Wealthsimple is growing faster than its American competition. Right, Mike Katchen?

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Mudit Singh RawatWe don't talk about this enough, but the startup community here is tightly knit and is always open to making great introductions - I can think of all the intro's the team at Hubba has made for us at Urbery which is now resulting into multiple CPG partnerships! Plus great support from various incubators (shout out to DMZ at Ryerson University) and access to vibrant/cost effective shared spaces (like Project Spaces).

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Daniel Debow

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Corby Fine...and your book!

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Rokham FaardVery well said and great to see some attitude for gratitude :)

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Sarah KatyalAwesome! Love this Ben, and congrats on your new book. The female part still needs a lot of work ahem... ;)

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Ivan TsarynnyA big announcement from OMERS that OneEleven will be opening phase 2 with 1/4 Million SQF office space in downtown

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Ameet NathwaniEndy has joined hands with Furniture Bank Toronto to design and manufacture a low-cost/quality mattress to service their over 10,000 clients annually. As a basic necessity in any home, we share their vision to bring dignity and comfort to those in need in our beautiful city.

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Ben ZifkinPretty sure, Unilever invited Sampler out to Cannes with them this week. Crazy. Lots of great stories here.

7 days ago   ·  10
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Keith IppelNejeed Kassam (Keela) & Sarah Goodman (iHeart) are 2 of the 11 Canadians selected to the #GES2016 at Stanford this week.

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Michael GokturkPayfirma also offers Apple Pay now :)

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John RuffoloBen this is the kind of thread everyone should be piling on!!!

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Jevon MacDonaldResson Areospace - $14m Series A

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Thomas StevensChefs Plate just expanded to BC, AB, and MB

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Anthony ReinhartHere's another, just in: Waterloo's Ignis Innovations, whose technology makes OLED displays work optimally, just licensed its patents to LG Display. Huge potential here as the OLED market explodes. news.communitech.ca/news/sitting-pretty-ignis-innovation-taps-into-surging-global-market-for-oled...

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Sarah GoodmanSo happy to be here in SF surrounded by entrepreneurs from all over the world!

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Bryan LipovetskyKik

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Grant Findlay-ShirrasParkbench was selected to 500 Startups - Batch 17 in Silicon Valley. 2 years young. Boot strapped. Profitable. 90k+ MRR and growing across the US. Then my friend Devon Wright and Turnstyle Solutions were also selected to join the 500 family. Go Canada Go

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Craig MorantzWe've been flying a bit under the radar not having even announced our recent Series A. Funding announcements are awesome, but I am really proud of what the team has built, marketed and sold, nearly $2M in ARR. Probably the metric I'm most proud of is 100% retention. We've not lost a single higher ed client since we pivoted to higher education.

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Michael Serbinis100% Ben Zifkin

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Wondering what other startup marketing teams are using to manage their program calendar and team projects? I like to have both a birds eye view of all programs that the whole company can see (upcoming events, campaigns, etc...) as well as what our team is working on, on a more tactical level. (month at a glance, weekly deliverables, etc...)

I'm using Trello for now but imagine there are other tools I should consider. I love the look of what Percolate does but they are priced for very large organizations.
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David CrowI have been thinking about this a lot. Trello and Asana but I think that is because it stems from the product side of my experience. I hadn't priced Percolate, figured it was too expensive for consumer/SMB (low CLTV businesses). I also looked at Hive9, but had that same high CLTV = priced for enterprise salesforces and customers. What about Allocadia?

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Cassandra JowettAt Influitive we use a bunch of different things for different purposes: - Asana for overall team project management - Trello for blog content (we typically have upwards of 100 posts in the pipeline at any given time, at various stages between idea and ready to be posted, so it's helpful to move the cards as they move through production) - Notable for design revisions - Flowdock for real-time discussion - shared Google calendar for high-level campaign dates It's definitely NOT perfect and we talk about how we can improve all the time, but it's working for us most of the time.

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Varun MathurAmrita Chandra Haven't tried but came across Marketo and Hubspot recently which look relevant for what you posted about.

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Ameet ShahCheck out a Roadmunk (Canadian company) as well - several different ways to slice your data + various integrations into other products.

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Chris HoggAmrita, we use Podio at /newsrooms. It has a bit of a learning curve because it is so customizable. But if you invest time in setting up or building apps within it (it's not hard) you can get a lot out of it. It has an app market where many people have built apps that are free for things like project management, product development, publishing schedules, etc. And it has a notification system so you can subscribe or unsubscribe from project workspaces and get @mentioned in workflow. Not everyone on our team loves it, but in a business where you have a lot of moving parts I have found to be helpful to keep track of many different project components. And it's not crazy expensive per user (free for a team of 5)

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Scott BrooksI selfishly recommend TimeHero, DM me if you want automate that stuff I would be glad to help. We have a few marketing teams who have used both asana and trello ... Www.timehero.com (disclosure co-founder)

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Mohammed AsaduallahWe use Asana—if it's not in Asana, it doesn't exist. One issue with Asana, at this moment, is that it doesn't provide for a quick overview that you would get from a Gantt chart and for that we're testing out Instagantt integration right now.

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Melissa Shapiro NightingaleTrello and jira and google docs among others

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Amrita ChandraThanks everyone! I might be looking for something that doesn't exist 😊

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Jalil AsariaHey Amrita Chandra I am biased but we have quite a few marketing teams using Roadmunk to do their program planning at a high level. Happy to walk you through if you'd like.

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Trevor ColemanAsana is pretty great and seems to be getting better.

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Trevor ColemanThey're shipping some features shortly that will make things a lot better for developers as well.

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