growth

17 Dec Ode to Startup Fest

When Phil Telio reached out recently asking to share a few thoughts and memories about the International Startup Festival, the answer was "yes, absolutely". Since its foundation in 2011, Startup Fest has grown into the unmissable startup community event of the year in Montreal. The event pulls in about 2,000 founders, investors...

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Interaction Ventures

16 Dec Introducing: Interaction Ventures

I'm pleased to announce the formation of Interaction Ventures, an entrepreneur-led seed fund. The partnership will invest in and support exceptional early stage entrepreneurs. Based in Montreal, the fund partners include my fellow entrepreneurs, friends and active startup community members Bruno Morency (founder of Context.io, acquired...

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values

06 Dec Values-Driven Entrepreneurship

[Note: This article was originally published in Les Affaires.] The employment market is currently undergoing one of its most profound transformations. In the past, work was the answer to a quest for comfort and happiness as workers were seeking primarily a salary and a career path....

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Typewriter

01 Nov Please Meet Julie

[Note: This article was originally published in Les Affaires.] If there is one thing I didn’t learn in my MBA that I would have loved to learn, it’s how to make a proper business introduction. When I returned to Montreal after having spent several years in the...

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coffee

04 Oct An Advisory Board for your Career

[Note: This article was originally published in Les Affaires.] We often hear that it is important to surround yourself with good people to be successful. And what if we had a small group of people to guide us towards career success and to balance in our...

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Creative thinking and brainstorming ideas

28 Sep Cultivating a more Entrepreneurial Business Culture in Quebec

[Note: This article was originally published as a guest editorial in La Presse.] Do we have the same business culture in Quebec as in our parents’ generation? In my opinion, a new, much more entrepreneurial business cultureis beginning to emerge in Quebec.This is currently very evident in...

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intl

28 Sep Better Connecting the Quebec Ecosystem to the World

[Note: This article was originally published as a guest editorial in La Presse.] Quebec’s economic future won’t be found solely in Quebec. The province’s growth will be surpassed by worldwide growth and we have a limited market of 8 million people. We must now turn our...

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talent

28 Sep Leading our Best Talents to Startups

[Note: This article was originally published as a guest editorial in La Presse.] “The best minds of our generation are wasted optimizing clicks on the web and creating complex financial derivative products. This is unfortunate.” A Silicon Valley veteran recently made that statement. Often, the most talented...

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Isometric European Buildings

28 Sep Building Quebec’s New Crop of Flagship Companies

[Note: This article was originally published as a guest editorial in La Presse.] “We must cultivate a new wave of Quebec companies that will be headquartered in Montreal”, recently declared Alexandre Taillefer, entrepreneur and investor at XPND Capital, during his opening address at the Salon des...

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California Redwoods

22 Sep Into the Wild

I've made the decision to try to let go of social media for 6 months. This weekend, I was at a conference in a remote part of Quebec in the wilderness, disconnected. No 3G signal. No wi-fi. It felt good. It made me think that I...

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