TBLP 150 | Virtual Shift with Paul Vallee

Paul Vallée is the founder and CEO of Tehama and a serial entrepreneur who has spent his career at the forefront of cutting-edge technologies that enable the exchange of work over the internet.

When founding Pythian in 1997, Paul envisioned a future that allows anyone to work from anywhere. Perceiving an opportunity for the Internet and related technologies to unlock human potential, he set out to apply and invent technology that could securely connect global workforces to enterprise IT systems.

Paul was a pioneer in remote connectivity technology and lays claim to the first application of IPSEC VPN technology to enable enterprises to consume services over the internet. Paul founded Pythian as a data-centric services business with a focus on remote work, and under his leadership, the company developed groundbreaking tools that enable teams to work and interact seamlessly and securely even when dispersed across multiple continents. It is at Pythian that Tehama was born, then launched to the public in 2018, and now spun out to develop its opportunity to help global enterprises seeking to secure their services supply chain.

With Tehama now independent, Paul has redoubled his commitment to the future of work. Tehama’s Virtual Office as a Service technology makes it easy for enterprises to manage, onboard and audit third-party vendors, remote teams, and freelancers by providing compliant, secure, cloud-based virtual desktops available on-demand globally.

Paul is a sought-after speaker who was named 2016’s Diversity Champion by Canada’s Women in Communications and Technology, is active in the Council of Canadian Innovators, the CIO Strategy Council, and serves on the board of the Basic Income Canada Network.

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TBLP 149 | Virtual Shift with Suzanne Grant

Suzanne Grant, is CATA CEO. Grant draws upon 30 years leadership experience, including a background in traversing emerging medical technology, international entrepreneurship, philanthropy leadership and Canadian military engineering.

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TBLP 148 | Sophia Ruffolo: Women Entrepreneur Leader

Sophia Ruffolo is the Founder and CEO of femmebought, an online women’s business directory, community, and education hub that’s meaningfully connecting and inspiring women, giving entrepreneurs the tools required to grow their own businesses.

femmebought launched in 2018 and already has a digital presence in over three continents and 10 countries, with community hubs in Toronto, Chicago, and Tel Aviv. Through femmebought, Sophia builds bridges, offering real advice where there are gaps. She prides herself on connecting people with the resources and networks needed to launch and scale businesses.

An experienced executive, Sophia has worked in a variety of senior roles for a global financial institution, including Chief Compliance Officer of US and Canadian based investment firms and trust companies. People love working with Sophia because of her endless energy and drive to help women launch businesses on their own terms.

Her work as an advocate for women scaling businesses has also included participating as an advisor to a tech start up and a mentor for programs helping entrepreneurs succeed including the Toronto edition of the Tech Stars accelerator collaboration with The Big Push.

Sophia is also a sought after speaker, participating at events as a panelist, moderator and speaker on topics including funding, angel investing, social media, risk management, regulation, and building and scaling a business. When Sophia is not scaling her business, she’s probably skiing at Banff. 

In today’s episode, Sophia shares some tips on how she lets her team fail or fall down and let them become stronger, she also shares her personal experiences in adjusting to her new world of entrepreneurship, and some of the habits that she has kept over the last week which has helped her during these uncertain times.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The reason that pushed Sophia to pursue her passion right now
  • Sophia’s goals for this year
  • Startup challenges and how Sophia overcame them
  • How Sophia coped up with her existential crisis
  • Public Speaking: Why Sophia is into it right now
  • Why they are very excited for their upcoming gala
  • The best leadership quality that Sophia have
  • How she keeps businesses going despite these uncertain times

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femmebought

Sophia on Instagram

Sophia on LinkedIn

Sophia on Facebook

Sophia on Twitter

Reading List

Venture Deals – Brad Feld

Agility, Flexibility and Patience: Finding Certainty In Uncertain Times

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TBLP 147 | Evan Goldberg: Cloud Leader

As the founder and EVP of Oracle Netsuite, the leading integrated cloud business software suite, Evan Goldberg has grown the company from a small office above a hair salon into a global organization that now works with more than 18,000 customers around the world.  Starting with only four employees, they have now scaled and grown close to 10,000 employees. The vision has always been the same – deliver one system in the cloud that allows businesses to grow. 

Evan was born in Newton, Massachusetts and has spent 20 years of his life building Netsuite which has taken up most of his time. He first started running his startup at Silicon Valley which he considered as his first startup fail but has learned a ton from that experience. Together with Evan’s co-founder Larry Ellison, they started building their vision and delivering it over the web. 

In today’s episode, Evan talks about his role and responsibilities at Oracle Netsuite and what he’s trying to accomplish over the next six to twelve months initially and for the next 20 years, he also shares why diversity is important in leading a company and gives us some tips to keep learning, growing and adjusting through transitions. 

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why Evan thinks having a company vision is important for the business
  • Evan’s ‘Animating Principle’
  • Evan Goldberg on how Netsuite started
  • Why empathy is an essential skill for your success
  • Evan’s own version of ‘field trip’
  • Netsuite Social Impact
  • Pro-bono Initiative: What it is and how does it work?

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Evan on LinkedIn

SuiteWorld20

Netsuite

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TBLP 146 | Shrad Rao: Payroll Software Leader

Shrad Rao is the CEO of Wagepoint, a simple payroll software for small businesses that are looking to simplify their payment process. Shrad always knew that he would be an entrepreneur. He has always been very passionate about entrepreneurship because it allows him the ability to influence change, make decisions and most of all, choose the company he keeps. 

When he’s not growing and scaling Wagepoint, he’s into exploring anything including yoga and taking some Lindy Hop lessons where he can spend most of his energy and sharpen his skills at the same time. Shrad’s mission is to build the world’s friendliest team. His leadership style involves making Wagepoint’s employees feel like they can be their natural selves at work. 

Today, Shrad shares about what he’s trying to accomplish for the next 6-12 months, the things that he learned that worked and didn’t work, and exciting news about customer development. He also discusses the core of his philosophy and how he is scaling it. 

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Reasons why Shrad became an entrepreneur
  • Shrad’s tips to keep company culture intact
  • He shares the challenges of being fully remote and how to overcome them
  • How Shrad achieved personal growth and a balanced life as a leader
  • Shrad discusses the benefits of gender diversity in the workplace

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Shrad on LinkedIn

Wagepoint

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TBLP 145 | Andrew Graham: Fintech Leader

Andrew Graham is an experienced leader who brings people and technology together to solve hard problems. He is co-founder and CEO of Borrowell, a financial technology company that helps Canadians make great decisions about credit. With its free credit score and report monitoring, personal loans, and financial product recommendations, Borrowell empowers Canadians to improve their financial well-being and be the hero of their credit. Borrowell is one of Canada’s largest financial technology companies approaching a million users. The company has received significant recognition, including being named to the Fintech 100, a list of the top 100 fintech companies globally compiled by KPMG, a “Company-to-Watch” by the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 program, and Canadian Fintech company of the year (2018).

This episode has one thing cleared out that being a leader entails an enormous amount of responsibility, especially at dealing with startup ones. Andrew shares his viewpoints on this matter, being the co-founder and CEO of Borrowell who led it from startup all the way to scaling it up to whatever possible growth it may reach. And together with the responsibility involved, he shares the strategies, practices, tips, and practical ways he could employ to stay on top of his game and reinforce the leadership skills he already possesses.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Challenges of leading a startup company
  • What nurtures his leadership skills and blindspots he discovers about himself
  • The benefits of executive coaching
  • Challenges faced by emerging leaders at this time
  • Creating financial products to lower financial stress

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Andrew on LinkedIn

Borrowell

Reading List

  • The Courage to Be Disliked: The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How to Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness – Ichiro Ishimi and Fumitake Koga

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TBLP 144 | JP Chauvet: Lightspeed Leader

JP Chauvet is the President at Lightspeed, a hands-on, forward-thinking executive with proven ability to implement change and drive growth. He has this in-depth understanding of technology, product development, finance, and sales management.

He has years of operating internationally across North America, Europe, and Asia. He’s got a proven track record of achieving targets and completing on business initiatives with both large established software vendors as well as fast-growing start-ups. He is a strong leader with excellent interpersonal skills and team player qualities and enjoys the challenge of a fast-paced, dynamic environment. 

Today we have JP talking about taking rein of a startup company and scaling it up into a fully grown sales organization. This episode is not complete without him talking about strategies and effective processes and systems he put in place to bring the company to its newfound business growth. It may look like an overnight success to the outside world but the amount of work he put into it makes it all worthy of discussion too.

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What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Turning around the “Jack of all trade” culture
  • How does he make people buy into the company’s vision
  • JP’s first 100 days on his role as Chief Revenue Officer at Lightspeed 
  • What are his key performance-driven and go-to-market strategies
  • What feeds his leadership skills

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JP on LinkedIn

Lightspeed

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Slingshot VoIP, a leader in business voip services

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

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TBLP 143 | Mike McDerment: Accounting Software Leader

Mike McDerment is the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, cloud-based accounting software that is used by 160 countries around the world and is currently ranked second in America.

Mike spent three and a half years growing FreshBooks from his parents’ basement. Outside of FreshBooks, Mike is a dad, a husband, a son and a brother. He is somebody who loves the outdoors. 

In this episode, he talks about the different roles of a CEO and its ambiguity around the role. 

Mike shares the leadership challenges that he had to overcome that became part of his development path in the earlier days.

He also discusses his knowledge on developing and growing as an effective business leader.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The three different types of CEO’s
  • Understand your CEO’s leadership style 
  • How to effectively work with your CEO given their leadership styles
  • How early challenges help create his development path
  • Why it’s important to foster a work-life balance for you and your employees

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Mike on LinkedIn

FreshBooks

 

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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TBLP 142 | Alfredo Tan : Culture Innovation Leader

Alfredo Tan is the chief digital & innovations officer at WestJet Airlines where he is responsible for building a culture of innovation. He is also an industry professor and keynote speaker who is very passionate about science and technology. He describes himself as “someone who got lucky along the way.” 

When he’s not doing part-time lectures at McMaster University, he spends most of his time at home with his rescue animals. He also gives keynotes where he talks about cultural innovation and digital transformation. Alfredo loves going on vacation with his rescue animals and loved ones and plans to avail of the “work from Maui” which he himself implemented. 

Because of his hunger to learn and constantly improve, he went to Harvard school to do the AMP program earlier this year and is currently pursuing formal education in the legal framework which he doesn’t even need at this stage in his career. 

In this episode, Alfredo explains the different perspectives of what innovation could mean and restate the importance of focusing on what matters. He also shares the challenges he’s faced when he started building a culture of innovation. Alfredo discussed the importance of having mentors and things that he could have done differently if he was to ask his 20-year younger self. 

Don’t miss this very interesting topic about cultural innovation and the many lessons that you will learn about leadership. 

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How changing the mindset can help solve problems.
  • Alfredo’s guiding principle in his team
  • How having a mentor can guide you in making big decisions
  • Why it’s important to keep on learning and improving
  • The importance of taking the time to enjoy the journey more

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Alfredo on LinkedIn

WestJet Airlines

 

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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TBLP046 | Alexander Peh: Be Willing to Listen

Alexander Peh, a passionate technology focused FinTech leader, with international experience in the payments, digital commerce, software development and media industries.

Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, educated in Melbourne, Australia and with stints in Africa, South East Asia, and Europe, Alexander currently serves as Vice President of Innovation at RBC.

Before RBC, he led Market Development and Mobile for PayPal Inc based in Canada and the UK.

An active startup advisor and entrepreneur mentor, he sits on Advisory Boards at the MaRS Discovery District and The BC Tech Association.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What brought Alex from Kuala Lumpur, Australia, UK, to finally Canada
  • How he adjusts when he moves organizations
  • What it means to live by the “open, honest, and direct” mantra that
  • Why he looks at life in 2-3 year chunks now

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Reading List

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