Recording Moving Millennials

The New Millennial Life: What does being an entrepreneur mean to a young person?

Often, when defining an “entrepreneur”, often Virgin’s Richard Branson or Apple’s Steve Jobs come up. These are definitely entrepreneurs, but from a specific era who grew empires worth may Billions of dollars. With entrepreneurship becoming a more common (and at time necessary) part of life for everyday people, it is time to re-define the image of an “entrepreneur”. One of my clients at Now Creative Group (and former colleague at The Apple Store), Dave Anderson, has made it his mission to make entrepreneurship mainstream, specifically for millennials…

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Business Models

Sustainable Business Models: Be married to the process, not the idea

Launch lean. Pivot or iterate. Change one of the boxes in your Business Model Canvas, or make a tweak to your Positioning… A whirlwind of knowledge that would take months to navigate was covered over 5 short weeks in the Foundations in Entrepreneurial Management course at University of Toronto’s Continuing Studies. In the final class of the course, instructor Keri Damen,  also the Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at MaRS Discovery District,  shared some solid setup success tips. Get Setup for Success 7 Questions to Asses Your Business Model How easy or difficult it…

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Startup vs Business

Startups vs. Businesses: Defining Your Venture Along the Way

What’s the difference between a start-up and a business? During a recent #StartUpEdu course, one big thing that stood out to me was how startups specifically differ from big companies. Particularly: #Startups are not smaller versions of big companies. #StartUpEdu (at @oisenews) http://t.co/AwPaIGqxwY — Daniel Francavilla (@francavilla) May 27, 2014 Startups are not smaller versions of large companies. The lean definition of a startup is actually a “temporary organization designed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model”. I haven’t had it explained to me in this way before, and…

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Building StartupVille

Are Entrepreneurs Alone?

Although it may look (or feel) that way at first, entrepreneurship is not a lone pursuit. Every individual entrepreneur (and their new enterprise) is part of an existing ecosystem. Ecosystems and the networks within them include customers, suppliers and providers, government and other regulatory bodies, and trade associations. For an ecosystem to thrive, it needs to be inclusive of others who want to participate and contribute, and the members need to be engaged. The ecosystem is a community or network, rather than a hierarchy. These 4 aspects of the…

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University of Toronto at Night

Endless Entrepreneurship Education

“I see life almost like one long University education that I never had — everyday I’m learning something new.” – Richard Branson While running my business, I haven’t received an operating manual, a list of office rules to follow, or an orientation – but I’ve learned through online resources, conferences, networking events, videos and of course, the actual experience of building and running the business. The fact is, education doesn’t end. So, I signed-up for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship as soon as I heard about it, after being invited to be an ambassador of…

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