TBLP065 | Jacqueline Leung: News on the Go

Jacqueline is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Pressed. Not a news junkie by any means, she created Pressed because it’s a product that she needs. Prior to launching her first startup, she spent several years working in marketing roles at companies spanning across industries like sports, food, and media. She has a media degree from Western University and a communications certificate from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

When not busy, you can find Jacqueline having run or trying out a new restaurant. Her future plan is to integrate news to everyone, make it accessible and easy for people. They are doing it now through a newsletter, where they send the top five stories around the world that you should know in a conversational way.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How does Pressed News make it easier and digestible for people to find the news
  • The role of Networking in how Jacqueline grow as a business leader
  • Confidence, Doubt, and Self-awareness; some of the challenges Jacqueline has to face and conquer
  • How does Jacqueline handle stress and anxiety that came along with her role
  • Why is it important for a business leader to be honest with their team members

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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 air and answer it there.

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

TBLP063 | Mike Wessinger: Senior Care Leader

Mike is the founder and CEO of PointClickCare Technologies. The company started as a one-man operation and grown to 1,500 people today. The company’s mission is to prepare the world for an ageing population and for PointClickCare do that through long-term and post-acute care providers.

For Mike who is a father of a ten and twelve-year-old daughters, family comes first. They keep him busy. A few years ago Mike and his wife started to travel a lot with their kids. They spend a lot of time travelling and skiing. He also plays golf and for general fitness, he does Cross Fit, hiking, and cycling to keep him physically in and mentally in shape.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How do company’s culture can help bring bright people to the team
  • What did Mike do to overcome the communication challenges within the organization
  • Mike’s method of delivering a message to the members of his organization
  • Chasing Markets Vs. Sales Opportunities
  • Creating a mindset of building a company that’s durable for the long-term versus being acquired

Links

Reading List

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson
  • Dream Golf: The Making of Bandon Dunes
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

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 air and answer it there.

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

TBLP059 | Michael Katchen: Investment Leader

Michael Katchen is the CEO and co-founder of Wealthsimple, a leading online investing service operating in Canada, United States, and the United Kingdom. Before starting Wealthsimple, he worked at a YC-backed startup called 1000memories, and we sold the business to Ancestry.com in 2012.

At a very young age, Michael became very interested in investing when his sister randomly entered him into a stock picking contest. Michael won the contest and took his father to skiing.

He moved to San Francisco and was part of the tech community.  Michael was a consultant at McKinsey doing work for banks and financial institutions. Then, a couple of his former colleagues got into YCombinator in 2010. They invited him to move to the Valley and help build a company. That gave him a chance to take a leap and be an entrepreneur.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What is Wealthsimple and hear from Michael their 12-month forecast for the company
  • Find out the valuable lesson learned by Michael during the Tech Bubble Burst in 1990
  • How to be a successful leader in a scaling company
  • The concept of “We are Makers’ Owners”
  • Biggest takeaway when growing your company in other countries
  • Efforts made by Michael for their remote offices

Links

Reading List

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.

TBLP058 | Melissa Nightingale: Modern Leadership

Melissa Nightingale is the Co-Founder and Partner of Raw Signal Group. She is editor of The Co-pour and bestselling author of “How F*cked Up Is Your Management? An Uncomfortable Conversation About Modern Leadership.”

Melissa has held senior leadership roles in Marketing, and PR, at several fast-paced startups, including Wattpad, Edmodo, and Mozilla. She moved to Toronto after more than a decade of working in senior tech roles in Silicon Valley.

Melissa and her husband left their technology executive roles at the beginning of last year to go found Raw Signal Group. They based on the idea that they had seen technology companies making the same mistakes over and over again when it came to management and leadership. They built Raw Signal Group to build better bosses, put structure around how to lead in a fast-paced organization and lead in a way that’s both authentic to you and the organization.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What made Melissa and her husband build Raw Signal Group
  • The difficult decisions she had to do to grow as a business leader
  • How to separate personal and professional relationship
  • Backstory of writing Melissa’s book
  • Is there a difference between leadership and management
  • Different Levels of Listening

Links

Reading List

  • How F*cked Up Is Your Management?: An uncomfortable conversation about modern leadership

  • Co-Active Coaching,  Changing Business, Transforming Lives

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.

TBLP057 | Ami Shah: Youth Education Leader

Ami Shah is the Co-Founder & CEO of Peekapak, an edtech startup that teaches social-emotional learning skills like self-regulation, empathy and teamwork in the class and home.

Ami earned her MBA from INSEAD and received great marketing experience from Procter and Gamble. She spent a lot of time abroad. Ami lived, volunteered, studied in about five or six countries. Now, she loves practicing yoga, photography and felt fortunate to have a great set of friends not only in Toronto but also international.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How Peekapak can help your child with emotional intelligence, empathy, and perseverance
  • What she learned from Procter and Gamble that prepared her to know the fundamentals of developing a business
  • Ami’s tipping point to make a turnaround and work on herself
  • How Ami find her mentor?
  • The biggest challenges emerging leaders face today

Links

Reading List

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.

TBLP056 | Fuckup Nights Toronto

Fuckup Nights is a speaker series where stories of failed businesses and projects are told, questioned and celebrated. It is a global movement and community that takes place in over 250 cities and 80 countries all over the world sharing stories of professional failure.

Last March 15, Fuckup Nights Toronto celebrated their First Anniversary. Joining on today’s show are Marsha Druker, Founder & Director of Fuckup Nights Toronto, Sascha Darius Mojtahedi, CEO at Bunz, Catie Fenn, Life & Soul Coach, Khallil Mangalji, Co-Founder & CTO at Fiix, and Theresa Laurico, Founder at SociaLight.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

Marsha Druker, Founder & Director, Fuckup Nights Toronto
(at 2:29 mark)

  • What is Fuckup Nights Toronto?
  • The Future of Fuckup Nights Event

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Sascha Darius Mojtahedi, CEO at Bunz
(at 10:00 mark)

  • Business Vs Project
  • Why making a mistake is essential to growing a business

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Catie Fenn, Life & Soul Coach
(at 19:54 mark)

  • How a lawyer transformed into a meditation coach
  • Discover Catie’s experience and learning from The Bachelor

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Khallil Mangalji, Co-Founder & CTO at Fiix
(at 27:55 mark)

  • How Khallil battle with cancer helped him build his business
  • The Definition of Failure according to Khallil

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Theresa Laurico, Founder at SociaLight
(at 35:42 mark)

  • Find out Theresa’s three fuckups in life and how she celebrated those events
  • Why being authentic is important to scale your business

Links

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.

TBLP055 | Eli Aleyner: Self-Promotion

Eli was the former Managing Director of Founder Dating (Toronto). He was a Program Manager at bing.com, leading projects in structured data search. Before that, he was an engineer at Amazon Web Services. Now, Eli is a senior product and alliances leader at Pivotal, currently leading Pivotal’s alliance with Microsoft.

After six years on the west coast, Eli moved back to Toronto with his wife and two kids.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The importance of making sure people feel and know that you care
  • The definition of “Self-Promotion” according to Eli
  • Why working with too many people does not produce the best outcome
  • How learning from other leaders helped Eli to grow as a business leader
  • Success is not measured by how fast you reach the “top”
  • Starting small but going places

Links

Reading List

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.

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

Links

Reading List

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.

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

Links

Reading List

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.