Category Archives: Waterloo Region

The Best Time to be Running a Tech Company

If you haven’t seen Ali Asaria‘s video on CBC yet, it’s worth watching. You can watch it here, but the best segment from it happens at 3:42 when Ali says: “There’s no better time to be running a tech company & there’s no better place to be running it than from Waterloo” I couldn’t agree […] Read More »

Peer Learning Experiment

I had a great conversation with a friend yesterday, where we talked about how important it is to be always learning new things, and about how important it is to be always sharing the knowledge that you have. Our conversation meandered to Japanese history, to math to ideas about changing the way our education system […] Read More »

Celebrity CEOs in Social Ventures and NFPs

There’s a great discussion going on at Venture4Change today, and one of the topics is on the role of the Leader/Entrepreneur/CEO in a Social Enterprise or NFP – the consensus at the table is that social enterprises need to eliminate the role of the “Celebrity CEO” and rather focus on building depth and breadth in […] Read More »

Arts & Culture Confab: A Review

Tonight I attended an interesting meetup of young arts/culture enthusiasts, where the topic of discussion was the Waterloo Region Creative Enterprise initiative and the local cultural scene in general. Although there was some great discussion and debate – here are a couple of the highlights for me: Read More »

A Modest Entrepreneur Week Proposal

This year’s Entrepreneur Week in Waterloo was a blast (kudos to Communitech for running a great program), and coming out of it, a number of things struck me: Too many of the events sold out Many people missed the round-table sessions like the “chapter” events in the past StartupCamp was absolutely packed Read More »


It’s been a long and tumultuous road, but a few days ago Jesse Rodgers and I opened the curtains on a project that we’ve been working on with Thom Ryan at Communitech: It’s a simple idea – we’re trying to answer the questions “What’s going on?” and “Who’s doing it?” The site is intended […] Read More »

Brush With Art Fundraising Event

Here’s an interesting event coming up: it’s being held at the Accelerator Centre and it’s a fundraiser for the local arts scene. Brush with Art Fundraising EventReception and Silent Auction with RefreshmentsDate: Thursday November 5th, 7pm – 9pmLocation: Accelerator Centre, Room 240Cost: $25 There’s no official website that I could find for it – but […] Read More »

Waterloo Arts – What Would I Change?

Yesterday I presented at the Creative Community Forum (if you have no idea what I spoke about – here is a blog post with my thoughts). After the talk I was asked “Then what would you change?” Here’s my answer: Fundamentally, this is a communications problem. Additional services (like an Arts Accelerator) will help, but […] Read More »

Arts and Culture will keep Young Innovators in our Community

Today was the Creative Enterprise Forum at the Waterloo Inn (if you weren’t there, it would be good to read The Record’s coverage and Julianna Yau’s notes) and I was asked to speak to why it was important to young professionals. It’s an interesting topic, because the economic importance of a vibrant arts and cultural […] Read More »

Event Planning – Ignite Waterloo

For those that haven’t heard yet – we’re running an O’Reilly Ignite event in Waterloo in November: Ignite Waterloo. Ignite talks are geek culture exhibits – a series of five-minute speed presentations on a diverse range on topics. So far, we have a great selection of speakers lined up, and we’ll be announcing the full list […] Read More »

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