My experience with car service Uber

Posted on December 17, 2013

This past week in San Francisco, I finally had the opportunity to use Uber and was intrigued by the people who drive.  During each of my rides, I spent the entire time asking questions starting with "How long have you been driving with Uber?". The answers were very interesting and revealing. Average time driving with Uber: Less than one month Every single driver I had both in San Francisco and in Silicon Valley had been driving with ...

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Lean Startup Conference – Day 2

Posted on December 13, 2013

Kathryn Minshew - The Muse -how do you acquire users out of thin air? -what are users thinking in the first two seconds of visiting your site? This makes a huge difference in acquiring users. -minor design changes can have a massive impact on user acquisition -ask for word of mouth and make it insanely easy -make it very specific and simple. Provide sample tweets or Facebook posts so that all people have to do is copy and paste -seek out ...

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Lean Startup Conference – Day 1

Posted on December 13, 2013

I had the opportunity to attend the Lean Startup Conference this week in San Francisco and in typical fashion took notes from each of the sessions that I attended.  All of the slides from the conference are available to anyone from their website (via SlideShare). Steven Hodas - Innovate NYC Schools -user-centered design is very powerful and helps create better alignment -success of each example creates a safe space allowing the next set ...

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Standing at the edge

Posted on October 24, 2013

I had the opportunity to speak at a conference this morning about what we are doing at VeloCity. During my presentation I made an offhand comment about how much I have learned about the human body since taking this job. Why? The application of technology is reaching beyond the traditional uses of hardware and software into areas that yearn for innovation. With that comes an understanding of areas outside of technology itself. For example, ...

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Grow Conference Day 2 Notes

Posted on August 16, 2013

As usual, I took detailed notes during the talks from some great speakers at Grow Conference today.  The format of the event changed from when I bought my super early bird ticket (February).  I really wish I had attended Day 1 of the event based on the comments from other attendees.  Sounds like some of the talks were absolutely amazing! This conference continues to amaze and I will definitely be attending next year. Debbie Landa -one of ...

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International Startup Festival – Day 1 Notes

Posted on July 12, 2013

  Similar to last year, I took notes (and pictures) throughout the keynote sessions at the International Startup Festival.  Feel free to leave questions in the comments if you are looking for more details or clarification on what I have written. Marc Garneau -talking about concerns about the planet especially when viewed from space -the over-population and limitations of water/food -biggest area for opportunity is water ...

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What it really means for a community to support startups

Posted on June 10, 2013

It is inevitable that working with startups every day will rub off on the people closest to you outside of the startup world.  My children (8, 6 and almost 4) decided they wanted to run their own business this weekend and set out to open the first "Art and Rock Shop" in Waterloo.  A puppet stand stood in for their front counter, TV tables held their art and rocks, and a large umbrella shaded them from the sun.  Tadpoles were recruited to help ...

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Product Launches and Emotions

Posted on April 25, 2013

I was reading the great post by Vidhu Norby called Don't Launch Your Product that included a single paragraph that really resonated with me. The fact is that when you create the big launch event, you will always see the subsequent big drop-off. Your market is not TechCrunch readers and Mark Zuckerberg does not want to eat vegetable tempura rolls with you. If you plan for massive scale out of the gate, you will face disappointment and a morale ...

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John Hennessy – Online Learning Lecture

Posted on October 19, 2012

I had the pleasure of attending a talk by John Hennessy today at the University of Waterloo as he shared his thoughts on the impact of online learning on the entire education industry. Here were my key take aways from the session: Credentialing - While many people think of online education primarily from the perspective of the delivery of content, one of the more critical elements provided by education institutions is credentialing. That ...

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Grow 2012 Conference Notes

Posted on August 27, 2012

Here are my notes from the Grow 2012 Conference in Vancouver last week.  It was one of the best conferences I have attended with top calibre presentations and amazing people at the networking events. Debbie Landa Great companies can be found outside the valley. But it is hard. Takes luck and sacrifice.  Debbie loves serendipity even if curated through events.  You need to be proactive and hunt. Never give up. Share your ideas with ...

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