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How to Convert Those Instagram Followers Into Customers

Instagram now has more than 600 million monthly active users worldwide–more than Twitter, Snapchat or LinkedIn.<p>According to a Forrester study, the …

How to define your Minimum Viable Product?

Minimum Viable Product, or if I say<p>Minimum Buy-able product.<p>Sounds good ?<p>If not lets go deeper with what it actually means.<p><b>Minimum viable product is</b> …

Product Management

Validate or Bust: Testing New Feature Product Ideas Before You Build

<b>23</b> Flares <b>23</b> Flares ×<p>One of the greatest product management sins is wasting your organization’s time and money developing a product or feature that …

4 Ways to Start a Business With No Money

<i>May 25, 2015</i><p>A lot of entrepreneurs get caught up on the old cliche -- "you <i>need</i> money to <i>make</i> money."<p>Thanks to the "lean startup" paradigm, much of …

Canadian fintech companies shine as VC investment nears record

Venture capital-backed investment in Canadian financial-technology companies hit its highest level in almost two decades last year, even as the flow of funds into major fintech markets such as the United States declined, according to sector data.<p>Fintechs, or companies that use innovative technology …

3-Step Guide For Telling a Compelling Brand Story

When you're looking for solid advice for launching a successful startup, it makes sense to turn to experts like Gary Vaynerchuk for advice.<p>Gary is a serial entrepreneur and New York Times best selling author. In the book Foundr V1.0, when asked to share his top tip for startups, Gary says to focus …

Ace Burpee's Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitobans for 2016: Part 3

This is the final installment of Ace Burpee's selection of the great people doing fantastic things in our province.

Winnipeg

It's no Christmas No 1, but AI-generated song brings festive cheer to researchers

‘Neural karaoke’ program can take any digital photo and transform it into a computer-generated singalong<p>It will not, if there is any certainty left in the world, top the charts this Christmas. But what it lacks in party hit potential, it more than makes up for with its unique, if vaguely …

Artificial Intelligence

7 Steps For Bouncing Back After Getting Turned Down For VC Funding

Getting rejected can help point the way forward. Here’s your guide for going back to the drawing board.<p>So you made a plan to raise a round of financing and were greeted with a resounding yawn. You’re not alone. Raising money for a startup is really hard and usually takes much longer than you think, …

Entrepreneurship

6 Important Lessons to Teach Your Kids

Even if your kids don't become entrepreneurs, having an entrepreneurial mindset can take them far in life.<p>We all want what’s best for our children. We want them to live long, prosperous and happy lives, but unfortunately, there’s no one way to guarantee that.<p>Though I may be biased, being an …

Entrepreneurship

The Napkin Business Canvas

I’m a big fan of both Alexander Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas and Ash Maurya’s Lean Canvas, but sometimes both can be a bit unwieldy.<p>At Weld …

Retirement

Investing in an Early-Stage Startup: What to Look For and What to Avoid

Investing in a young company is about as high risk, high reward as it gets. It takes guts, enthusiasm and an acceptance that it may not work out as …

Yes, You Definitely Deserve Better: 13 Signs You Really Need to Quit Your Job

Why 13? If you hate your job, you definitely don't feel lucky... and it's time to make a change.<p>Sometimes people quit their job because they can earn more somewhere else. Sometimes people quit their job to pursue a better opportunity. Sometimes people quit their job because their boss is …

Success

Real Ventures

In a record-breaking H1 2016, they top our list as Canada’s most active VC<p><i>By the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association</i><p>The first …

Venture Capital

Thalmic Labs’ $120 million funding round shows the limits of Canadian VC

The Myo arm band, Thalmic Labs’ first product. (Thalmic Labs)<p>Thalmic Labs announced recently that it raised a whopping $158 million in funding, a …

Venture Capital

The Newest littleBits Building Block Is Your Smartphone

Giving a soldering iron to a ten year old to teach them about electronics maybe isn’t the best idea. littleBits, on the other hand, turn basic …

5 Keys to Avoid Startup Burnout

Not-so-obvious tips to help you avoid burnout while growing your startup.<p>Launching a company of your own starts out like any love story. There's the initial spark that you have for an idea; then, after spending some time with it, that idea either turns into a full-fledged passionate love affair or …

Entrepreneurship

A CEO who ditched corporate America to run her own startup explains how to decide whether to quit your day job

You've probably read or heard a dozen stories about people who quit their dull day jobs to pursue a dream, and went on to achieve soaring success.<p>But the reality is, taking a risk and pursuing your passion full-time isn't as simple as it sounds.<p>There are a million things to consider before taking …

The 14 Phrases Every VC Wants to Hear in Your Pitch

<i>This article is part of</i> Tools of the Trade<i>, a weekly series in which a variety of experts share actionable tips for achieving fast and effective</i> …

7 Smart Ways to Get Your Startup Off the Ground Without Money

No rich relatives? No angel connections? No problem.<p>When I started my company, Metal Mafia, I didn't come from a wealthy family, Kickstarter didn't exist, and raising venture capital worth millions of dollars wasn't an option. Instead, I focused on creating a business plan that was thorough and a …

Entrepreneurship
Google Docs

2016 STARTUP CANADA AWARD WINNERS – PRAIRIES

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS! REGISTER NOW FOR THE PRAIRIES REGION AWARDS RECEPTION AND CEREMONY ON OCTOBER 25, 2016 FROM 5.00 PM – 8.00 PM.<p><b>FOR</b> …

Canada

Common financial mistakes startups make and need to avoid

Whether on the personal or business front, the pain of poor financial planning cuts deep. Creating a financial plan and managing finances can be …

This Is For All The Women Personally Victimized By Their Office A/C

F**k you, office air conditioning.<p>“The women’s winter is here. The freeze is upon us,” a recent parody video from College Humor begins.<p>If you’re not sure what “women’s winter” is, it’s when the warm weather hits and offices turn their air conditioning on so that workspaces become ice cold. Women …

40 philosophies from famous marketers throughout history

I believe you can learn something from everyone — as long as you’re listening. We’re always building on the legacy and lessons of those who have come before us.<p>For marketers, this is quite a legacy indeed. Although the discipline of marketing only emerged in the 1900s, it builds on a foundation of …

Personal Branding

Tips & Tools in Starting a Business

Declan McDonald, CEO/Founder Pricerazzi, talks about starting a business in this day and age, which he believes is so much easier than the past. He …

Small Business

7 Challenges to Overcome for Launching Your Startup's Website

One of the biggest indicators of entrepreneurial validity these days is the launch of a website; your business isn’t considered truly established until it has one. Accordingly, a website is an important milestone for charting your startup plan, and one of the most rewarding achievements in that …