This past weekend, in my role as President of The Ottawa Network, I had a great experience working with more than 50 aspiring entrepreneurs as they formed teams and competed for $5000 in seed money to start a new enterprise at the first ever Ottawa Network Startup Boot Camp. Together with my peers on the [...]
On behalf of The Ottawa Network, thanks to all who attended the Founders & Funders dinner in Ottawa last night May 20th. We had a sold out event with 72 attendees including 26 VCs and Angels and 46 entrepreneurs. Special thanks to Allan Isfan, CEO of FaveQuest, for his superhero help with organizing the evening. [...]
My last blog post covered why launching a startup in a downturn can be a good thing. So what if you’re already well into your startup and the 2009 economy has you running scared? What now?
Hang in there and persevere, reputations are made in bad times more so than in good times.
Building on how Jason [...]
Last week at OCRI’s Entrepreneur’s Edge (e2) program, I had the pleasure of lecturing on how to perform market assessments for new products or businesses. The e2 program is a full week of half day sessions covering all aspects of starting a new venture such as strategy, governance, R&D, marketing, sales and funding.
At the beginning [...]
Do you truly understand the value your customers place on your product offering? Your approach to product development will directly affect your ability to create money-making products your customers must have versus products that provide no value to customers and contribute nothing to your bottom line. Developing a must have product instead of a lame-duck [...]
Welcome to our initial blog post. Our blogging will focus on topics related to driving technology based businesses. We’ll cover corporate strategy, marketing, collaboration, innovation, new product introduction (NPI), business development, etc. So why these topics? What can possibly be new here? Well, in our view, these topics are fundamental to [...]