Posts Tagged ‘Entrepreneur’

New Office

May 11, 2011

The new office is officially setup – all phone, internet, cubicles, etc have been setup and now open for business.  The background noise tends to increase as the day wears on and it is definitely easier to see the computer screen in the afternoon as there is no ‘rising sun glare’.

The new cubicles

Not my favourite colour but it suits the work environment very well

The view from the cubicle (taken at 7:30am approx.)

The pool will be open in a few weeks and the sauna was tested out Sunday night (75C for an average temperature).  The gardens should be in full bloom in two weeks (there’s a bit of a lag compared to Toronto) and the first hummingbird was spotted on the weekend.

Needless to say I’m looking forward to the new work environment and a new work ethic of working “smarter and harder (when necessary)”.  The new business cards should be printed up soon and although I will be returning to Asia sometime in the near future, I will use my time in Canada to start having the greatest impact on the community as possible.


To The Moon Or Bust!

January 2, 2011

Well 2010 was an interesting year.  As a group, we managed to discover ways to innovate in an agile manner, quit units that were not performing and reposition ourselves for future growth in a few select markets.  We are still on track for our long term goal of helping ten million entrepreneurs by 2013, however it will now be at the end of 2013 as opposed to the start of the year.  For 2010 this was a year that was filled with restraint and of caution.  The experiences of the past few years had precipitated the need for caution and for

For 2011, it will be a year of going full out – not holding anything back.  There will be a few major disruptions coming at developed markets and there will be a subtle shift in the political landscape that will pave the way for more entrepreneurs to bring their ventures to fruition.  For us this will be a year to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight, for better or for worse.

I’m looking forward to the challenges that 2011 will bring as well as the successes and lessons to be learned this year.

Change Is Good

November 11, 2010

A wise man once said, “Patience is nothing more than having something to think about while waiting for something else to happen.”  I guess I got tired of thinking and waiting.

A few weeks ago, I hopped on a plane, flew to the other side of the world and I’m living in Sendai, Japan.   For the past ten years I’ve regarded myself as an entrepreneur yet I’ve never been satisfied with any of the success that I’ve had and frustrated with the failures.  I’ve always felt that there was something missing and this journey is about finding passion again.

I’m writing a personal blog about my experiences while living in Japan called “Scotch in Japan“.  Enjoy!


June 28, 2010

Great post by Sean Ellis at 12 in 6.  A quick look into what holds us back in two major ways – too much focus on financial rewards and too much pressure.

Figuring Out Your Way To Startup Success

The Emotions Of An Entrepreneur

April 12, 2010

On BootCamp Helsinki kick-off day, Petteri Koponen, serial entrepreneur, founder of Jaiku, based his presentation on emotions that arises when being an entrepreneur.

Here is a quick list of emotions Petteri talked about which you may experience when starting a company.

Excitement, you have to use your passion and excitement to convince other. Pitching: you need to do it everyday, get used to pitch to different people
Rejections, as Startups you fight against all odds, pitch and learn to get feedback and improve all the time,
– Learn to live with constant Exhaustion, Founders are are the bottleneck of the an start up, so hire good people
– Get a personal life and do exercise, find a balance
– Be decisive. Make decisions, Fail fast but learn from it
Pride often comes extremely easy, succeeding in Finland is way too easy and does not mean anything
Greed: is really BAD
Aggression is usually good but need to used right way, don´t be evil, mean or asshole. be competitive
– Focus on surviving and greater value, Team, money,
– Focus, Focus Focus, and fun, no no burnouts, work has to be fun. Specially for rest of the team to keep motivated

To watch Petteri present at BootCamp Helsinki, follow this link to the Aalto Entrepreneurship Society.

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