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How To Pitch Your Startup

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 03:26:20 +0000

Last week I gave a quick presentation at Emily Carr University of Art + Design on how (and when) to pitch your Startup, giving many of these students their first look at the process of pitching investors in the Angel and Venture community on their next killer idea.  We also conducted a lengthy workshop where we […]

Why Team Athletes Make the Most Valuable Employees

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:16:15 +0000

Originally published @ PROFIT. Famed UCLA Basketball Coach John Wooden once said, “Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” A considerable body of social science research has explored the positive impacts of athletics, in particular team sports, from youth into adulthood. Playing sports can be a tremendously positive influencer on us physically, emotionally, socially […]

Why I Surround Myself with “Yes” Men (and Women)

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:39:22 +0000

During an ill-fated teenage dalliance into acting, I took a class on improvisational comedy. For two credits per week I learned the ins and outs of building a scene, in real time, with my fellow actors. The key lesson you learn in your first improv workshop is to never say “No.” In improvisational comedy “No” […]

It’s Time to Retire the Term “Growth Hacker”

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 23:56:47 +0000

  It’s time we nipped this in the bud, people.  I’ll confess that, in writing this column, for the first time I googled the term.  I’ve heard it thrown around for at least half a decade, heard it misapplied to various marketing and software and product management roles at various startups on both sides of […]

Prediction: Trump Will Win

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:25:30 +0000

Reposted from Facebook, September 7, 2016. My position on Hillary (not that you care): Lots of Americans hate her. They think she lies. This may not be justifiable, but it’s understandable, and I think it was a mistake for Democrats to select her as their nominee. Why? Because for 30+ years the Republicans and their […]

No, I Can’t Just Build You an App

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:23:17 +0000

Often (too often), I am approached by people who think I make apps and want me to give them a price to make theirs. Most people outside the technology industry figure that these are fairly trivial efforts, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. They’re right, sort of. I’ve designed and helped make quite a […]

How to Keep Your Coders from Wanting to Kill You

Sat, 31 Oct 2015 08:27:46 +0000

It’s been at least 10 years since I’ve cobbled together a few lines of code, or INIT 6’d a server, so I feel as though I can practically qualify as a non-technical CEO in a technology startup. It is for this reason that I can empathize with the plight of the unindoctrinated, those of us […]

Martin Mars Won’t Save B.C. Forests

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 03:39:15 +0000

This post originally appeared in the Huffington Post. For those clamouring for a return of the awesome Martin Mars water bomber(s) to cure B.C.’s current forest fire apocalypse, you may very well see it bombing fires here again.. but there are a few really big problems with that idea. Problem 1: There’s only ONE Mars […]

Understanding the Customer Decision Journey

Mon, 09 Feb 2015 09:11:46 +0000

In online marketing, the idea that a consumer will see your advertisement and then immediately click through and become a customer has long been known to be fantasy. As a rule of thumb, advertising experts believe that it takes an average of five “impressions” of your brand in order for an individual to form enough […]