TBLP013 | Mitch Seguin: Be Aware to Find Opportunities

Mitch Seguin is the Co-founder and Head of Product and Design at TribalScale.

Mitch has always been a tech geek at heart, from his roots building hospital data centres to product management at Xtreme Labs, Mitch has seen every facet of product design and development. Mitch focused much of his working energy at Xtreme Labs in the startup space. Working with companies from seed round, he saw huge growth among his client partners and quickly gained an eye for potential success. When Xtreme Labs was acquired by Pivotal in 2013, Mitch saw the opportunity to fully immerse himself in the client relationship aspect of mobile development. Over this time, Mitch helped launch Pivotal offices in Denver and Washington DC.

Years later, Mitch has moved on to lead a new breed of mobile and emerging technology company. As head of product and design for TribalScale, Mitch has returned to his roots, helping to manage projects for companies big and small to create the ultimate in world class mobile and connected experiences.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What it’s like when the organization grows from the founding team to over 90 in less than two years.
  • How he ensures that he keeps the company culture intact with the rapid growth.
  • His thoughts on the voice controlled era, where the user interface of the future will come from.
  • The two things that are necessary to find great talent in the project management vertical.
  • What he learned when he was working at Pivotal opening up a new office

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TBLP011 | Jim Love: The Artist and Generalist

My guest on this episode is Jim Love. Jim is CIO and Chief Content Officer at IT World Canada. Over the past 4 years, working with his partner Fawn Annan, President of IT World Canada, Jim has worked to make IT World Canada one of the leading digital publishers in the B2B space and a case study in digital transformation.

In addition to his work as a business and technology executive, Jim is also a well-known writer who published in leading publications in Canada and internationally. In his role as Chief Content Officer for IT World Canada having overall responsibility for all editorial and commercial content. He facilitates large and small session with technology and business executives across the country, supervises the research done by IT World Canada and heads the digital content production.

Jim continues to publish both topical items and his research into strategic technology and marketing in Canada and abroad. He is also an award-winning playwright and musician and he continues to publish.

Equally, at home in technology and line of business roles, over his 35-year career, Jim has held senior level positions in financial services, consulting and publishing. He has worked in software development, operations, sales, and marketing.

In consulting, Jim has held senior level positions in management consulting at Ernst and Young and as a Global Vice President for DMR Group (now Fujitsu). In these roles and in his private consulting practice he has worked with everything from large multi-nationals to entrepreneurial start-ups, to governments and government-owned companies in Canada and around the world. Jim has led large assignments in Financial Services, Telecommunications, Human Resources, Marketing, Technology, Mining and Natural Resources and Government.

Jim has been part of the faculty at the University of Waterloo and York University. He continues to teach an online course in Management Consulting for the Certified Management Consultant’s Association (CMC Canada) and he is a member of the technology curriculum committee at McGill University.

His work has taken him to Asia, Europe, West Africa as well as all across North America from Canada to the US to the Caribbean.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How being a generalist has helped him succeed as a leader
  • Understanding what business problems you are trying to solve
  • Explaining how we are in the middle of a significant change and why it is important to keep on learning
  • Technology does not exist without a purpose
  • On being nominated for  Juno Award

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TBLP008 | Wayne Berger: Shadow of the Leader

It is my pleasure to introduce Wayne Berger on this episode. Wayne is Executive Vice-President of Regus Canada, the world’s largest shared workspace and co-working provider. Regus is leading a workplace revolution in Canada and around the world helping people and organizations conduct the best work of their lives from where they want and how they want, all the while immersed in a vibrant community.

Over the past 20 years, Wayne has served in executive leadership roles in both Canada and the United States in developing national go-to-market strategies, working alongside best-in-class consulting firms such as McKinsey, and building top-performing businesses, including leading an unprecedented growth plan that has doubled Regus’ footprint in Canada in less than three years. All with an unwavering passion for helping people go to bed on Sunday excited about Monday so they can achieve their ultimate goals.

Based in Toronto, Ontario, Wayne leads an organization of hundreds of dedicated team members supporting over 100 shared workspace locations and co-working facilities from coast to coast under both their Spaces and Regus brands. Regus’ locations span across over 40 cities in Canada, from Victoria, BC, to Halifax, NS, and are part of a global network of over 3000 locations in over 120 countries to serve all clients globally.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How he was able to lead and double the number of locations from 50 to 101 in less than 3 years
  • Challenges on managing and leading his employees across the country spanning 40+ cities
  • Taking calculated risks to listen to customers and growing the organization
  • How he believes in marrying aspiration and operational efficiencies to help his customers focus on their core competencies
  • What he learned from growing from a sales representative to leading sales organization
  • How he lead his team through the acquisition transition with the “Shadow the Leader” philosophy
  • How coaching his daughter’s soccer teams help him improve as a leader

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TBLP007 | Eva Wong: Advancing Women Tech Leaders

My guest on this episode is Eva Wong. Eva is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Borrowell, a Canadian fintech lender that offers personal loans, free credit scores, and personalized product recommendations.

Eva’s career has spanned both the private and not-for-profit sectors, including leadership roles at The OTF, Maple Leaf Foods, UNDP and Oliver Wyman. She has studied or worked in the US, Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Europe.

She was named one of “9 Canadian Women Changing The Game” by Elle Canada magazine, one of “30 Women in Canadian Tech Worth Following” by BetaKit and a finalist for “Fintech Woman of the Year” by LendIt, the world’s biggest show in lending & fintech.

Eva holds degrees from Harvard University and Queen’s School of Business. She enjoys food blogs and baking projects with her two kids.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How her organization is providing FREE credit scores to all Canadians
  • Credit card debt, 30-40% of Canadians carry a balance every month
  • Take your credit scoreOne of the largest cellular phone equipment (hint: your LTE data streams go through their equipment)
  • What she learned by traveling with Mayor John Tory on a business Trade mission to the UK
  • What she learned about going to her first FinTech conference
  • Why she has decided to be more visible on women entrepreneur panels
  • Her thoughts on building awareness for an exclusive workplace
  • Creating a proper job description that identifies with everyone (aka “ninjas”)
  • How she got to run a startup without any technology or entrepreneurship background

As mentioned, to get your credit score for free, click the link below (sorry, only available in Canada, at this point)

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TBLP001 | Saul Colt: It’s Criminal to be Mediocre

My guest on this episode is Saul Colt.  Saul is the Founder and Creative Director at SAUL COLT – The Idea Integration Company.  In his career he has been named as one of the iMEDIA 25: Internet Marketing Leaders & Innovators as well as been called one of Canada’s best community builders/experiential marketers.

NYT Bestselling author and Internet Pioneer Chris Brogan once referred to Saul as “exactly who you want representing your company” and that message has been echoed by media properties ranging from Inc to Forbes Magazine.

In the episode, we touch upon many of Saul’s interests and expertise including Word of mouth marketing, stunt marketing,  Social media, customer experience, and community building.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How shoes, art, and writing comic books gives him a competitive advantage
  • A calendar entry to block 15-20 minutes to allow the mind to wander
  • Challenges and opportunities working with startups and small organizations like ZipCar and FreshBooks
  • Differences working with large enterprise organizations like Rogers Communications and Xero
  • Explains why everything starts and ends with marketing
  • Rules of word of mouth marketing depending on the size of organization (hint: nothing)

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