TBLP054 | Tony Lourakis: Community Support

Tony Lourakis is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fleet Complete, a leading global provider of IoT technology for businesses with fleets, assets and mobile workforce.

He is a Toronto native, thirty-eight years old, married and a father of a ten-year-old boy. When he is not working, Tony spend every free moment with his family. He loves to cycle, his personal sport of choice. He also works out to a little bit in the gym with a little bit of weightlifting. The three areas he spent most of his time is business, family and personal kind of fitness.

He is also involved with the Hellenic Heritage Foundation. It is an organization that purpose and mission are to preserve and promote Greek culture in Canada. Being a child of Greek immigrants, he wanted to do his part to help preserve the Greek culture in this country for his son’s and future generations.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The importance of surrounding yourself with great mentors
  • How Tony developed as a leader over the course of his 20-year journey
  • How he keeps the organization from becoming an “institution” that can dampen the “inspiration”
  • Where the great ideas come from within the organization
  • The role of his father in helping him to grow as a business leader
  • Why is it important to focus on the vision and values of the company

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Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

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Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

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TBLP053 | Lauren Haw: Done is Better than Perfect

Lauren at the age of 18, while attending Queen’s School of Business, ran the most successful College Pro enterprise in Ontario. After graduation, she launched and ran an Oxford Learning Centre in Toronto. Then she moved into the real estate industry with an early stage investment in True North Mortgage, a national brokerage with offices across Canada. Lauren is an Active Director at RateHub.ca

In 2015, Lauren purchased Zoocasa.com from Rogers, a modern real estate project that has a highly skilled team of agents to represent homes in quick Internet searches.

Right now, Lauren is carrying her baby number two while raising a 14-month old daughter.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What is Zoocasa and what to expect from them in the next 12 months
  • How to train and manage realtors to provide an amazing consumer experience
  • The most important decision Lauren has to make as a leader of her company
  • Teaching a new member understand the organizations’ culture
  • How do you pick who to hire when they seem equal on paper
  • How do you adjust and continually grow as an effective leader throughout your career

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Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP049 | Ben Baldwin: Just Be Useful

Ben Baldwin is co-founder of ScaleDriver, an innovation-building system for Fortune 500s, and of The Founder City Project, a peer community of 500+ founders and teams, trained to support each other, solve problems, and attract talent. Ben has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Inc. Magazine, and in Toronto Life as one of Toronto’s 20 Most Brilliant Tech Innovators. He holds multiple patents and is a board member of the Drucker Institute and member of the Innovation for Jobs Summit, founded by David Nordfors and Vint Cerf (“father of the Internet”).

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What it means to “Just Be Useful”
  • Why and how The Founder City Project was launched
  • Why he attacks priorities in serial versus parallel
  • How to build a regret minimization framework to get things done

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TBLP048 | Sachin Aggarwal: Growth Through Trust

Sachin Aggarwal is the Chief Executive Officer of Think Research. He joined the team in 2010 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Think Research, Sachin served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, where he managed six departments, including the Leader’s Executive Team. Sachin Aggarwal, was chosen as one of the recipients of the 2017 Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Award, he currently sits on the Board of the Council of Canadian Innovators (CCI) and has served on the Board of Directors for numerous community outreach programs, including Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services and the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation. He was called to the Bar in Ontario and in New York after earning a law degree from the University of Toronto and holds a MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why the health industry is slow to adopt new technology
  • What the similarities are from running a political campaign versus a business
  • Why you should let people set the price when raising capital
  • How the concept of 10,000 hours to be an expert is getting longer

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TBLP047 | Heather Shantora: Composure Under Pressure

As the CEO of PT Healthcare and InnoCare, Heather oversees a $50+ million national healthcare company and under her leadership, both organizations have solidified their position as Canadian health care leaders focused on the development of innovative healthcare technology and patient-centered care. She credits this success to her team and her commitment to creative thinking; a willingness to challenge the status quo; authentically caring for and empowering teams; and an entrepreneurial skill set firmly focused on value creation.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why it doesn’t matter what industry you work in, it’s what you uniquely bring
  • How living in Paris as an “immigrant” opened her eyes
  • What it means to take on more responsibility
  • Why she enjoys reading business articles like Harvard Business Review

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TBLP044 | Sheetal Jaitly: Start With An Entrepreneurial Mindset

Sheetal Jaitly is the Founder and CEO at TribalScale, a software design and development company in Toronto.  Sheetal is a 13 year veteran of the tech industry. In the late 90’s Sheetal worked in mobile right out of high school where he was part of the Palm Pilot launch with USRobotics in Canada.

When Sheetal joined Xtreme Labs, as the Director of Business Development for Media, he quickly expanded the Media vertical for the organization and became a well-known figure within the industry.

As Xtreme was acquired by Pivotal Software, he expanded his reach as he took Telecommunications and IoT under his belt. In his current role as CEO of TribalScale, Sheetal is applying his business development skills to quickly scale the young IoT and mobile development company.

Outside of his day-to-day role, Sheetal is an avid investor in the technology space as well as a volunteer and member on the BoD for the Ontario Association of Food Banks.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How selling photocopiers door-to-door helped him grow
  • What it meant to be a thought leader within the media vertical
  • Why he saw the acquisition from Pivotal Labs as an opportunity to grow
  • How they are growing and leading TribaScale at a rapid pace

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TBLP042 | Peter Reitano: Grow and Elevate All

Over the last 10 years, Peter Reitano, CEO of Abacus, a performance Facebook ad tech/agency, has worked directly with some of the worlds largest blue-chip / Fortune 500 brands and award-winning agencies in Europe, Australia, Canada and the US.

Peter is also the co-founder of Bellwether, a not for profit which brings together entrepreneurs and leaders in Toronto’s startup, tech, media, and advertising space for collaboration and innovation.

He also sits on the Canadian Marketing Association’s digital council, the lead instructor at Bitmaker teaching digital marketing, and invests in early-stage startups (focussing on E-com), and on the board of several companies/startups advising on growth.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What he learned growing a marketing agencies worldwide
  • The challenges growing an agency
  • Why he believes in multiple revenue streams
  • What he learned from an acquisition

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TBLP041 | Matthew Hollingshead: Be Vulnerable

Matthew is a 20 year veteran of the digital media space including video games, digital advertising and software development. He is currently the founder and CEO of Hifyre a growing custom software developer based in Hamilton, ON.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What it was like being employee number one of a fast-growing company
  • Why he believes in slow and steady growth
  • Why he believes being vulnerable is key to growth

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TBLP040 | Alyssa Furtado: Diversity of Thought

Alyssa Furtado is a passionate entrepreneur, financial expert, digital marketer and educator and is the CEO of RateHub.ca, the leading Canadian financial comparison site for mortgage rates, credit card deals, deposit rates and insurance. She has been regularly featured as a financial expert on CTV News, BNN, Global News, The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.

Alyssa graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in business and math. She worked for two years for a US-based consulting firm where she realized a need in Canada for transparent online resources in the personal finance space and a platform to compare products; there were already three companies in the United States fulfilling this market. Alyssa thus co-founded RateHub in 2010 and has spent the last seven years building products that help Canadians make smart financial choices.

She has grown RateHub.ca from 1 to over 50 full-time employees.  She and her co-founder, James Laird, also launched its own in-house mortgage brokerage, CanWise Financial. Alyssa’s expertise in search engine optimization and digital marketing has been a key factor in RateHub.ca’s success, driving hundreds of thousands of users to the site each month.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why she left a management consulting job to start Ratehub.ca
  • Why she focused on SEO for the first 6 years
  • What are the key actions Alyssa takes to help her grow the business
  • How she is learning to overcome “imposter’s syndrome”

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TBLP039 | Mark Jaine: Build the Ladder

Mark Jaine is President and CEO of Intelex Technology Inc., headquartered in Toronto. Intelex is a worldwide leader in employee health & safety, and quality (EHSQ) web-based management systems. Mark joined the company in 1999 and has led the transformation from niche software provider to innovative leading force in global EHSQ.

Under Mark’s leadership, Intelex received business awards, including being named by Deloitte as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and a Fast 50 high-growth company. Intelex was also honoured by TechConnex as Company of the Year, Canada’s Top Employer and among the Best Small/Medium Sized Employers in Canada.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How a drive across America and a 3-month internship lead him to the top
  • Why he believes in building a ladder underneath you rather than climbing one
  • What it took to make the first $50,000 sale for the company
  • Why he says “Be Like Madonna” helps him think about changing roles and responsibilities
  • How he is building an organization where “Work to Live” value is first and foremost
  • How is pushing other organizations to strive to be a $1Bln company

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