Swell

Office

01 Aug Scaling a Startup Team

In his recent book The Hard Thing about Hard Things, venture capitalist and Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Ben Horowitz reminds startup CEOs that their top 3 priorities should be "People. Product. Profit. In that order".The ability to manage people, somewhat unexpectedly, quickly becomes a critical part...

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Busbud Office

09 Jul The Road Ahead

Today, Busbud is proud to announce the closing of a $9M Series A funding round co-led by OMERS Ventures and Revolution Ventures, with participation from iNovia Capital and Real Ventures. This is a special milestone for our team at Busbud. We are very proud of the road travelled so far and grateful for all the...

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Startup Roadtrip

03 Jul An Entrepreneurial Roadtrip Across Quebec

I am proud to help launch a new initiative this summer: an entrepreneurial roadtrip across Quebec! This initiative is born from a collaboration with two other great community leaders, Christian Bélair, CEO of the Coalition of Young Chambers of Commerce of Quebec (RJCCQ) and Noah Redler, Campus...

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26 Jun The Skipper & the Startup CEO

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done, The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won, The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring; - Walt Whitman, Leaves of...

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Acceleration

13 May Accelerators for Individuals

What do entrepreneurs Eric Schmidt (Google), Mark Benioff (Salesforce) and Mark Cuban have in common? All have invested in the promising American startup called UpStart. Created by a team of ex-Google employees, UpStart enables individuals to finance others based on their human potential. This potential is calculated from a variety...

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McGill Campus

24 Apr The Next 10,000 or Why our Startups Need More Engineers

If there is currently a quasi-unanimous message in Quebec, from both politicians and the business community alike, it is that the province needs more entrepreneurs. Lucien Bouchard recently professed that Quebec needs more young entrepreneurs to ensure its future prosperity. Michel Patry, Director of HÉC Montréal, speaks of...

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Use your head

10 Mar Use Your Head

I am deeply fascinated with the power of the human brain. This is why a recent interview (French only) on the widespread nature of concussions in sports has greatly alarmed me. In a very solid and poignant piece of journalism, veteran reporter Benoit Dutrizac from Les Francs Tireurs, a local TV show...

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Cta NYC

09 Mar My CTA@NYC experience: 1 year later

Looking to grow your startup in the US? For many Montreal-based businesses, New York City is a natural starting point due to its proximity and strong vertical markets in retail, fashion, finance, media, tourism and e-commerce. In the last 10 years, New York has also developed...

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Living in the future

09 Feb Living in the Future

Have you ever told yourself: “I’d love to start my own business… if only I had a great idea”? Finding an idea is a commonly cited hurdle to starting a business. Entrepreneur and investor Paul Graham wrote How to Get Startup Ideas, an interesting essay that suggests that...

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2013 in review

31 Dec My 2013 in Review

Hey 2013, you’ve been amazing! Let’s take a quick look back. Here are a few projects I’ve launched in 2013: Swell. Yup, this was the year where I decided to start writing and sharing back some of my thoughts with the world. Since August, I’ve published 30...

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