Calgary should not view the 2026 Olympics as a profit-generator

Canada Olympic Park in the Summer of 2005

Ward 9 Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra posted a video on his website on March 28, 2018 regarding the status of Calgary's proposed bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games. I respect the councillor for speaking candidly to citizens about his opinions regarding this matter. In his brief message, he states that "a basic requirement of hosting … Continue reading Calgary should not view the 2026 Olympics as a profit-generator

Thoughts on whether a public university can think and act like an entrepreneur

Photos of the University Campus in the summer. June 2010.

Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, president of the University of Calgary, participated in a webinar on Friday, March 23 on the topic of whether a public university can think and act like an entrepreneur. Dr. Cannon presented her thoughts on how a university can act in an entrepreneurial manner, and how prestigious institutions like the¬†University of Waterloo … Continue reading Thoughts on whether a public university can think and act like an entrepreneur

3 Perspectives for Startup Valuation

The ultimate goal for just about every startup is to be acquired. A successful exit justifies the eighty hour work weeks, tense product launches, and financial sacrifices made by the startup team. Of course, acquisitions involve a number of steps that end with a signed deal. However these only represent the final sequence of events. … Continue reading 3 Perspectives for Startup Valuation

Enable logging in WordPress and PHP for Apache on Debian/Ubuntu

I was working on my custom theme for this blog and was running into an issue involving the Jetpack plugin for WordPress. After spending a couple of hours tinkering around, I determined that the cause appears to be related to Scotch Box (no issues when executing the same steps using VCCW). I opened an issue … Continue reading Enable logging in WordPress and PHP for Apache on Debian/Ubuntu

Alberta Growth Marketing Symposium

Oli Gardner of Unbounce

Yesterday, I attended the Alberta Growth Marketing Symposium. Organized by Alberta Innovates, the event was a gathering of startups, government innovation agencies, and other members of the startup community to discuss and learn about strategies for sales and marketing that increase revenue. Keynote speakers included Sujan Patel of MailShake, Oli Gardner of Unbounce, Dani Hart … Continue reading Alberta Growth Marketing Symposium

How Reid Hoffman Started LinkedIn

Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn

The other day, my colleague told me of a meeting he had with a first-time entrepreneur/inventor. This person built some new, cool widget that he was completely convinced everyone would buy. All he needed was investor or government dollars to get started. My colleague began suggesting some next steps; talking to customers and learning their … Continue reading How Reid Hoffman Started LinkedIn

Play my Hand Bone Identification Game

Image of hand skeleton with game sprites

This afternoon, I attended a workshop at the Taylor Institute titled¬†Learning through Virtual Gameplay. The bulk of the workshop involved a hands-on activity to develop a simple HTML5 game using GDevelop5. In the game, the player navigates the hero across a skeletal image of a hand, identifying bones specified by the game. Thanks to the … Continue reading Play my Hand Bone Identification Game

All Marketers are Liars by Seth Godin

Cover of All Marketers are Liars by Seth Godin

A useful book for those of us without a marketing background. Godin discusses how the best marketers are the best storytellers. He explains the key to a successful marketing campaign is to craft a compelling story that hooks the target customer. Furthermore, he explains that all consumers have a 'worldview' - their personal perspective on … Continue reading All Marketers are Liars by Seth Godin

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

Cover of Start with Why by Simon Sinek

"People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it." -Simon Sinek The most inspirational and innovative companies in the world discovered their customers do not buy their products because of specifications or features. Instead, customers buy their products because they believe in the values of the company. Sinek articulates his point in … Continue reading Start with Why by Simon Sinek