Inclusion extends beyond diversity – what makes individuals unique. It is the act of putting all of these differences together to create a more valuable and meaningful whole. Diversity and inclusion are equally important in the workplace. The words are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same. Diversity means “differences” – religion, race,… Read More Diversity Is Just the Start: Startups Need to Encourage Inclusion
A couple months ago, I wrote an article about how to avoid drama when doing business with a friend. Today it’s all about finding your ideal business partner which may or may not be a friend. Finding your partner requires as much diligence as making an investment. Do you remember when you had to pick… Read More 6 Tips to Find Your Ideal Business Partner
At LORI.biz, we’re all about getting more women to consider entrepreneurship as a career parth. A couple years ago I had a chat with Kylie Toh, Founder of Chic Geek (a Calagary based initiative) and realized that her organization and ours have a lot in common. I thought I’d share with you what they are doing and… Read More The Chic Geek: Building a Community of Women in Tech
A few months back, Credo published a Startup Report with raw statistics among which you could read that 80% of Montreal startups are men founded. In that sense, Montreal Newtech has been deploying a diversity strategy in line with its mission of featuring and fueling Montreal’s tech startup community. First, with Startup Mosaic, meant to encourage… Read More Montreal New Tech Wants You On Their Mosaic!
iC MTL is Canada’s first business incubator for creative and cultural entrepreneurs. Launched in the summer of 2016, it ran a summer pilot project followed by a successful first cohort. of companies across various creative industries, including visual storytelling, branding, gastronomy, 3D printing, visual arts, virtual reality and more. They are graduating May25th! Montreal’s very first… Read More iC Entrepreneurs present: Demo Day, Our Way!
Don’t go straight to a venture capitalist; start by raising your own funds and pitching to angel investors. In my previous post, “Should Your Startup Actually Be a Small Business?” I addressed what may be the most important differentiator between a startup and a small business: growth. While I hope it was useful, especially from a theoretical… Read More Fundraising 101: 3 Typical Startup Funding Paths
When Cory von Wallenstein’s employer changed from a startup to a growth company, he realized it was time to leave. A little over a year ago, I was the chief technologist at Dyn, the fastest growing private company in New Hampshire with an internet performance product suite that is changing how companies connect to their… Read More Embracing the Unknown: How I Decided to Found My Own Company
Starting numerous companies within a short period of time can teach valuable leadership lessons. I started on my entrepreneurial path while working full-time in a law firm. I was making a good salary, had a corner office and enjoyed the work. My Sin City Cupcakes co-founder Dannielle Cole called me one day to catch up, as… Read More 4 Lessons for Starting Four Companies in Four Years
Marie Chevrier is the founder and CEO of Sampler, a revolutionary sample-distribution app. She sat down for the following interview with LORI’s Stephen Friedrich at Montreal Startupfest 2016. STEPHEN FRIEDRICH: So tell me a bit about Sampler. MARIE CHEVRIER: Sampler helps brands distribute product samples to the right people, so we’re kind of like a… Read More 7 Questions for Marie Chevrier, Founder and CEO of Sampler
© Sun Knudsen There’s something natural about “Firsts” being the theme of a startup convention. Startups are factories of firsts – first drafts, first investors, first sales. Startupfest 2016 took this spirit of firsts to heart, declaring “Firsts” to be the theme of the festival. They were also, in a bit of cosmic irony, rewarded with another… Read More A First-Timer’s Thoughts on Montreal Startupfest 2016