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1 day ago

Hi everyone, looking for recommendations for a lawyer / law firm who can advise on Shareholder's Agreements, Trademarks and IP Contracts in relation to a small business. ... See MoreSee Less

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We hired Caitlin Lindsay as our CFO and she connected all those dots for us regarding lawyers. It would be worth a conversation!

Chad Bayne at Osler is the go to.

I can't recommend Labarge Weinstien highly enough. They have offices in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver. Mark Smith (Vancouver) is the absolute best.. very human and understanding of startup needs. He and his team organized all of my startup shareholder agreements, provided advice on our route for IP and helped with many other matters. They were extremely attentive and responsive in all dealings. Feel free to reach out to him directly at js[at]lwlaw.com and let him know I sent you his way. www.lwlaw.com/

Civis Law LLP!

Feel free to reach out to me. I am the EIR at Fasken and focus on the legal needs of emerging tech companies

We love Blake’s! They have a Nitro program for startups, they have done a ton of work in this space, and Marc Shewchun & his team are so great to work with. Bonus: the delicious cookies in their lobby.

Chad Bayne at Osler

Toufic Adlouni at Renno & Co could help out with this we work with them at Xen Accounting

Chad Bayne and Osler πŸ‘Œ

Ashlee Froese is fabulous!

One million percent recommend Naomi Morisawa de Koven of MDK Law. I have used her for all of those and more.

Andre Garber

Cobalt

Aron Nimani at McCartthy's

Adam R Freedman is wonderful and does our work Luminari

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5 hours ago

VDR Recommendations? Hi all, I'm setting up a proper Virtual Data Room for due diligence for investors. Any recommendations? ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Hey Folks!

Would love to know what books are you reading (or did you read) when starting your startup?
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Lean startup 😊

I think reading books is a predecessor to startup. If you’re bootstrapped, you’re short on staff and reading is a luxury provided upon success.

High output management by Andy Grove. Principles by Ray Dalio

zero to One

Blitzscaling

Essentialism, The Hard Thing about Hard Things, Product Mastery, Delivering Happiness, Start with Why.

All of the books mentioned in these comments are great☝️. One more I'd also add is the Innovator's Dilemma. Important to understand macro market cycles and help you identify where you might be in the consolidation or expansion/innovation phases of your market.

For those B2B SAAS companies, this is a good sales model to be aware of: www.amazon.ca/Predictable-Revenue-Business-Practices-Salesforce-com/dp/0984380213

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3 months ago

Thanks to all who commented and voted re office space/office furniture. Before we go ahead and create a new interest based group, we thought we'd test a monthly post where you can comment/read about office space for rent or office items to buy/sell.

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We'll be monitoring the activity on this post to see if it's a good idea for the group. The post will be held at the top for a few days, but will then live in the "Real Estate" topic. We'll delete the post every month and replace it with a new one if all goes well.

Thanks for your cooperation! Now go ahead and comment if you have any leads :).
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Thanks to all who commented and voted re office space/office furniture. Before we go ahead and create a new interest based group, we thought wed test a monthly post where you can comment/read about office space for rent or office items to buy/sell. 

***RULES***

Please be aware that every time someone comments, the post will bump up to the top, which could get annoying. In an effort to keep this post reasonable, please follow these guidelines:

1. One listing comment per person

2. Dont comment unnecessarily: Move to private message as soon as you can. 

3. Dont comment with the word, Following or F. If you want to follow the post you can do so by clicking the three dots on the top right and select, Turn on notifications for this post. 

Well be monitoring the activity on this post to see if its a good idea for the group. The post will be held at the top for a few days, but will then live in the Real Estate topic. Well delete the post every month and replace it with a new one if all goes well.

Thanks for your cooperation! Now go ahead and comment if you have any leads :).

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Hi all - we've a 3,800 sq ft office at Yonge & Eg; a couple of board rooms also suitable for training. It's a funky area! 7 min walk from Eglinton subway, GreenP parking out back, and about 1/2 way between downtown and the 401.

We have 3-4 furnished rooms at King and Victoria St, available as early as Nov 1 . Each room can hold 5-7 people with the current configurations. We have a kitchen, board room, and some flex desks in the common area in case anyone needs a change of scenery. $2,750/month for each room - feel free to DM me. Bonus points if you're a blockchain company ;)

We have a separated, available room in our office at King and Spadina with 10 modern desks and chairs, a couch, and TV, available for rent Nov 1. Contact me for photos and more details. Thank you.

3100sq ft available. Good for 6 to 30 people. A++ location. Top floor of a clean, updated 2-story walk-up building. Office has 2 separate glassed-in meeting rooms and private unplug/phone room, as well as 2 large open areas. Fully functioning kitchen. Freight elevator and other amenities. Large windows look out over King West. It's a great space! Flexible terms. MUCH Lower than market rent. PM for info/photos.

Rebecca Freeman you can post your real estate post here πŸ™‚

HI We have a shared space for rent 15+ desks including some private offices. VERY competitive rates at Queen and Spadina. Building is only for our use (it's a house converted for commercial only) and includes 3 parking spots for your use. Great for a tech or creative company. Please email [email protected] for more info.

Hi all I am looking for desks and chairs for 12-15 people if anyone knows of anyone selling furniture. Thanks!

Hey all! We're on the hunt for office space downtown Toronto for 50-60 people, hopefully to move in in the next 3-6 months. If you know of any leads please DM me or email [email protected] Thanks!

Hello Northerners! If you're looking for swing space or a solution for an overflowing office, Flexday has turned private dining rooms and event spaces into dedicated team workspaces for 60% cheaper than your next best alternative. Get M-F access for teams of 6-60 available from weeks to months and a match within 48 hours to spaces that include fast wifi, bottomless coffee, and built-in AV. Drop me a note for more info, or get started here: bit.ly/flexdaysatellite

4 furnished rooms available in our office on King at Victoria St. Each one holds 5-7 people comfortably. Boardroom, kitchen, etc. No lease terms, just 60 days notice when you want to leave. $2,750 each, negotiable if you need more than one of the offices.

We have availability at StartWell King West and are really good at helping early stage ventures scale headcount effortlessly - mixing private offices with open desks and common drop in spaces for teams from 2-100. Current large suites available include a full floor with gas fireplace, kitchen and 2 bathrooms for ~45 people and a stand-alone building ready for a team for 60 to move in today πŸ™‚ You can see private office availability here: startwell.co/membership/private-office/ & email me via [email protected]

Sublet opportunity: Camp Tech's classroom at Spadina and College. Approx 850 square feet, currently set up as a 20-person classroom space with kitchenette. Bright and clean. $3200 / month including high speed internet and all utilities. Available immediately; sublet until April 30, 2021. Photos: www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en&pb=!1s0x882b34c4ac5277c3%3A0x4f7249f4f1164b4a!3m1!7e115!4shttps%3A%2...

Hey Tami - thanks for putting this together. Super helpful! Since I'm here, we are renting out part of our own office... It's a completely separate suite and we're looking for someone to fill it for 18-24 months. Fully furnished penthouse with lots of natural light. Fits up to 30 people, 2 min walk to King and <10 min to Union, lots of glass meeting rooms. PM me or Hayden Tay or email me at [email protected]

The awesome team at Zensurance have a 4,000 sf portion of their office at 200 University Avenue available for Sublease (fully furnished) for 1 year. Room for up to 50 people, perfect for teams between 20-40 people.

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2 days ago

Anyone know of a **lawyer/law firm** who is knowledgeable in the domain of **data and privacy policies**? One of my contacts is looking for legal advice on a Data & Systems Use Policy and Privacy Policy for an online community. Thanks. ... See MoreSee Less

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I am the Entrepreneur in Residence at Fasken Law. We have this exertise

I recommend Carole Piovesan at INQ Data Law or the fine folks at McCarthy's including Aron Nimani and Christine Ing.

Josh Teichman

Carole Piovesan at INQ Data Law is specializing in this area. www.linkedin.com/in/carolepiovesan

Hey Jay! Samara Starkman is amazing. www.drawbridgeconsulting.com

Avoid big firm fees and go to a solo lawyer. Check out Vandana Taxali.

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3 days ago

Hi all, I'm putting together a directory of Pitch Competitions so it's easy for startups to apply to and ensure deadlines aren't missed! If you've participated, won or heard of a pitch comp across any sector, feel free to comment with the link/name or PM me, thanks in advance!! :) ... See MoreSee Less

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Hi! Let me know if you need some competitive financial advice πŸ™‚

Please add SAAS NORTH’s pitch comp. Happens every November. AccelerateOTT here in Ottawa is usually in the May/June timeframe. Others that are startups have participated in: Get in the Ring, Pitch for the Purse, Fundica Roadshow and I know there are more... these are just off the top of my head!

Great idea! I am working on a list of all support services myself. Please add Get In The Ring Ottawa to your list. Takes place March 30th. Apply here: getinthering.gribb.io/event/get-in-the-ring-ottawa-2020

Queen’s University hosts the Upstart Pitch Competition, first week of December every year. You have to be a Queen’s grad (or on your founding/leadership team) to enter but the prize money is typically pretty high with just 8 people taking to the stage.

Startupfest in July! 2, $100,000 investments in 2019 (last year turned into $600k+ for SparkCharge), over $1.6 million in prizes and investments awarded in 2019. 10th anniversary this year so everything is growing. July 15-17, 2020

Muskoka Futures Runs Muskoka 4.0 a $250,000 pitch competition every year. 2020 closes tomorrow (Jan 17) at noon. Check out www.muskoka4point0.ca for info.

Apps for Velocity Fund Pitch Competition due in a handful of days! Eligibility requirements have been relaxed from previous years.

Startup Drinks hosts monthly pitches if you’re looking for practice.

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1 week ago

Hey everyone,

Hoping for some recommendations or referrals. I'm looking for a B2B SaaS sales advisor to help me out with scaling our sales team for our product; LumiQ (www.lumiqcpd.com)

Ideally looking for someone who has taken a company to $5m in revenue, and could help advise me for roughly an hour a week on things like: team structure, commissions, discounting strategies, software recommendations, SDR training and a host of other things.

We are prioritizing profitability instead of a grow-at-all-costs mindset so someone who shares that viewpoint would be preferred.

Happy to compensate this person for their time.

Would really appreciate any recommendations or introductions! Thanks!

Adam

[email protected]
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Jack Daly

Jeremy O'Krafka, know anyone who can help our old friends out?

I believe Dan Martell might be a good fit for your org.

Shooting you an email

David Priemer is THE sales guru

Julie Weill Persofsky do you think Winning by Design could help?

Highly recommend salesProcess.io

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4 weeks ago

Hi folks, a debatable topic within technology companies that I wanted to ask for your opinions. Let’s say you are looking for developers to help build your product and wonder how the estimation would be like.

What would you prefer? A general/overall cost of your product, or a detailed work breakdown structure as a User Story on every single step based on user experience?

I have got a chance to work with both approaches where development companies came back with:
1. A rough number of cost and time for the whole project (without estimating features separately).
1. Cost and time of every single functionality (how long, how much) written down as User Story (also called Story Mapping) and the sum.

What approach appeals to you more?

Would love to hear your own thoughts on this and share experience perhaps! (I’ve been reading a book about Story Mapping, let me know if you are interested, I’d love to share too).

**Oh, last but not least, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone!!! **πŸ€ΆπŸŽ„πŸŽ‰πŸŽ
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Hi folks, a debatable topic within technology companies that I wanted to ask for your opinions. Let’s say you are looking for developers to help build your product and wonder how the estimation would be like.

What would you prefer? A general/overall cost of your product, or a detailed work breakdown structure as a User Story on every single step based on user experience?

I have got a chance to work with both approaches where development companies came back with:
1. A rough number of cost and time for the whole project (without estimating features separately).
1. Cost and time of every single functionality (how long, how much) written down as User Story (also called Story Mapping) and the sum.

What approach appeals to you more?

Would love to hear your own thoughts on this and share experience perhaps! (I’ve been reading a book about Story Mapping, let me know if you are interested, I’d love to share too).

**Oh, last but not least, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone!!! **πŸ€ΆπŸŽ„πŸŽ‰πŸŽ

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Breakdown. Overall has too many surprises in it, the further you advance.

Doing detailed estimates takes a huge amount of time. The only dev shops that will do that for free are the ones that are desperate for contracts (which is usually because they're not very good).

For me , I would prefer to have a single value for the project with milestones based payment . This will help both the stakeholders to be in control and do corrective actions as and when required .

I would want to see effort in man hours / man days first of all .. from all companies across the board .. then I’d want to fix price the work to them .. seeing the breakdown from diff vendors can help you identify gaps in the vendor understanding of your requirements ... if vendor A says this feature takes 5 days when vendor B says 15 .. one of them is missing something .. I’d have some back and fourth this way until vendors on same page .. then I’d ask for price quote .. this way I can look at Apples vs Apples quote ...

Overall only works with 2-way trust. Detailed specs/etc can be restrictive if design changes throughout project, which should be expected. Ultimately go for transparency.

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2 weeks ago

Looking for a videographer who can tape a new medical device product promo - any suggestions ? ... See MoreSee Less

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Javad Ahmadi

Hey Staci, my team and I might be able to assist with your video needs. I'll send you a DM now to connect and discuss further!

Colin Evans. He's got a big package - lots of gear, crew etc.

Hey! I’ll send you a DM! :)

Matt Hortobagyi

Minifridge Media

Olivia Nashmi perhaps can help you

Adam Booth has done multiple medical device videos

Warren Leppik

City? I know some in Victoria and Vancouver.

AliveProStudios.com

contact Blair Locke has done hundreds of corp video

Warren Leppik is the go-to person for this.

Hugh Noonan

Jimm Fox is your man.

With a medical device you'll need someone with a scientific and creative skill set. Can not recommend Jeremy enough: www.jeremystuartthompson.com/

Tingle Creative! tinglecreative.com/

Threesixfive is incredible. Highly suggest them.

Hi Staci! We're new in town, and would love to chat! www.threesixfive.ca

Adam Stevens

Onur specializes in med - [email protected]

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2 weeks ago

Hello friends, looking for recommendations on independent business valuers in Canada or US. Our convertible note is about to hit maturity and we need to establish a 3rd party valuation on our business. We are a 4 year old profitable, fast growing hardware startup. ... See MoreSee Less

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Patrick Brown

Patrick McCabe www.mccabevaluations.com/ Our firm works with him regularly. His prices are fair and services are great.

Deloitte's valuation group does exactly this, Dm me

2 weeks ago

Hi Folks! I am looking for a freelance copy writer specializing in email marketing - any recommendations would be appreciated. ... See MoreSee Less

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Stefan Paul Palios

Hi Dani, I might be able to help πŸ™‚

Andrew Ennals or Steve Castellano

Hi there! I'd be happy to help! My website is ariettehung.com

Will Richman might know a couple!

Jaxson Khan

Taylor Marsden

Herbert Lui

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2 weeks ago

Hi everyone! I’m looking for an SEO and/or APO audit for the tech company I work at. Any recommendations on individual consultants or companies for this? Thanks in advance! ... See MoreSee Less

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Ramli John

Paul Teitelman

Hi Lily I would love to help! Check me out at blakemitchell.ca, and my positive reviews here (working on gathering more from past clients!) g.page/TorontoSEOConsultant?share

I sent a message to you

Please check your inbox, Lily

Ali Sifton

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