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Should We Drink the Local Kool-Aid?

In the post I wrote earlier this week about the demise of Thoora, there was a comment suggesting that “Toronto failed Thoora” due to a lack of community support to make it a “winning formula”. It was a puzzling comment … Continue reading

The Sad and Positive Side of Startup Failures

As the Canadian startup landscape becomes increasingly active and entrepreneurs get more bullish about their prospects for success, it’s important to remember startups are also high-risk propositions. It means there are far more failures than successes. I was reminded of … Continue reading

For Startups, Patience Can be a Virtue

Just after launching my consulting business in late-2008, one of my first clients was Bryan McCaw, who had just launched a new service called WineAlign to provide consumers in Ontario with a better way to discover and learn about wine. … Continue reading

When Technology Struggles to Find a Solution

In the wake of Zite’s success and sale to CNN a few month ago, Zite founder Ali Davar made an interesting comment at the meshwest conference earlier this week when he said the company spent “five years in start-up hell” … Continue reading

Eternal Optimism and the Startup Entrepreneur

In Saturday’s Globe & Mail,¬†Margaret Wente had a good read¬†on how most people tend to be optimistic even when it’s pretty obvious they’re not going to be successful. “Optimism is the engine of capitalism,” she wrote. “It is the signal … Continue reading