How a gig work app revolutionized hospitality staffing

Businesses are created to solve problems. For Michael Agema the problem was hospitality staffing.  Every summer in the pristine lakes and parks north of Toronto, there are literally thousands of weddings, reunion and other events.   There are millions of people living in the Greater Toronto Area.  But the further north you go, the more sparsely…

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The story of how a car salesman became a tech CEO

Very few great entrepreneurs went to business school. Almost none, in fact. Recently, Elon Musk pointed out that MBA’s tend to learn the wrong things. “They could be good at say PowerPoint presentations or something like that, and they can present well, but they don’t actually know how things work. They parachute in instead of…

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An Amazon alternative for local food delivery

Is it possible to build a local Amazon alternative?  When the COVID crisis paralyzed global markets in early 2020, farmers found themselves with few options. Business from restaurants and caterers came to a sudden halt.  Suddenly, the people working in the industry needed better access to local customers. Like each participant in last April’s DMZ…

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The Right Startup Location is Vital

A year ago, most anyone in tech would have said that startups needed to be located in a hub like Toronto, if they wanted to succeed. The foundations for a successful launch included support, accelerators, mentors, investors, employees and even customers. Those could all only be found in large centres and cities. Fast forward to…

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Accelerating Out of The Curve

“Taking a bright idea and turning it into a thriving, sustainable company is tough. An entrepreneur might reap what they sow, but they first need fertile ground.” ~ Takara Small   Creating a viable startup is about a lot more than planting a seed, watering it and waiting. There is a lot of support, nurturing…

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Operation Innovation: Uber and The Orbit

For any small town that is growing, there are two issues that need to be addressed at the outset, to make sure that they don’t become bigger problems down the road: public transportation and urban sprawl.   Look at most any growing community in Ontario and you’ll see sprawl: bedroom communities and suburbs popping up…

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