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

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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.

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

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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.

TBLP002 | Victoria Lennox: Building an Innovation Nation

So happy to have Victoria Lennox on today’s episode.  She is the co-founder and CEO of Startup Canada, the national rallying community supporting and giving a voice to Canada’s 2.3 million entrepreneurs.

Victoria is recognized by the United Nations Development Programme and the European Union as one of the foremost experts in entrepreneurship education; ecosystem and program architecture, governance, development and implementation; and, in fuelling entrepreneurship movements and awareness campaigns.

As the catalyst for Startup Generation and the host of Startup Nations, Victoria supports and mentors the development of youth enterprise organizations in more than 20 countries; provides advisory support to international organizations in the areas of entrepreneurship networks, education and policy development; and supports colleges and universities in enhancing their entrepreneurial activities. Countries around the world are also working to emulate Startup Canada’s methodologies and activities, viewing the organization, under Victoria’s leadership, as the best practice in fuelling entrepreneurship culture.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How she changed focus from her career in policy and politics policy to leading an innovation nation of entrepreneurship in Canada
  • How Startup Communities grows and fosters leaders of tomorrow
  • What she learned when she was undergoing chemotherapy
  • Her leadership style and how she empowers her teams
  • How she is launching projects and programs to support women
  • What she started after traveling with the Governer General of Canada

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