waterfall jump

Time to Jump off the Cliff

As I sit here dreading the thought of going out in the frigid cold, I’m reminded of a moment that passed me by four months ago. It was a beautiful Sunday on Labour Day weekend. I was at a friend’s cottage and there was ample beer, sun and fun behind a speedboat. But alas, I left…

crowdfunding

The Crowdfunding Option

Looking back on the end of 2013, I was definitely thinking that we would have to raise money for Travelabulous by June of this year. Wow, did I learn a lot between then and now. We spent the first half of this year driving toward that goal of fundraising by the summer. We spoke to…

Culture Circles

Determining Cultural Fit

I had a great conversation with a former manager and mentor yesterday on the topic of granting trust. In these conversations, I think about trust as having the components of character and competency. Trust is also the cornerstone of relationships. Relationships are what make up a culture, including a company’s culture. This talk led to a conceptual model that I have…

Time to Start a Startup?

When is it Time to Start a Startup?

I’m guessing people struggle with this question all the time. I think the five most important things to understand about yourself in answering this question are sunk costs, opportunity costs, experience/knowledge, the idea and inner drive. This post focuses on product-based startups. Services-based startups are different because you can start making money in those right away and…