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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

TBLP034 | Jeff Goldenberg: Performance Driven Leadership

A client-side marketing veteran with 15 years in the industry, Jeff Goldenberg is a Co-Founder of Abacus, the #1 digital agency specializing in performance Facebook ads.

Previously, he headed up the marketing and growth team at Borrowell, an innovative financial services startup that will offer competitively priced loans to consumers with good credit scores looking to refinance credit card and other high-cost debt. We were the first company in Canada to launch Free Credit Scores with Equifax and have given over 200,000 Canadians their credit score for free. In October, Borrowell partnered with CIBC to offer One Click Loans – the first partnership of this type in Canada.

Jeff is also the Co-Author of The Growth Hacker’s Guide to the Galaxy,  entrepreneur in Residence at MaRS, Mentor at 500 Startups and TechStars.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why he thinks and talks about what the world will look like in 2020
  • His obsession with culture and how he is moulding his new company
  • How uses a hypothesis around everything to help grow Abacus
  • Why he co-authored a marketing book

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

TBLP033 | Mark Cohon: Building a Global Toronto

Mark Cohon is an experienced sports and entertainment executive, proven turn-around expert, active public speaker, proud builder of Canadian brands and entrepreneur at heart.

In sports, Mark is best known for his leadership as the 12th Commissioner of the Canadian Football League. Mark was the driving force behind the renaissance of the league. His eight-year stewardship of the CFL was a remarkable run that saw the CFL’s business model transformed and its brand rejuvenated.

Strong attendance, record television ratings, $2 billion in new stadiums, strengthened corporate partnerships, a return to the nation’s capital and the almost tripling of team distributions from the league office were are all part of Mark’s legacy.

Mark is routinely listed among the most influential people in Canadian sport. He is a former executive with Major League Baseball International (MLB), where he was Director of Corporate and Game Development, and the National Basketball Association, where he was recruited by then-Commissioner David Stern to serve as Director and Group Manager of International Marketing, Managing Director of NBA Europe, and Vice-President of Business Development.

Former Chief Development Officer for Petopia, a multi-channel retailer in the United States, Mark was also the President and CEO of AudienceView, an event ticketing firm that grew under his leadership to claim such prominent international clients as the Toronto Blue Jays, the new Wembley Stadium, Churchill Downs and MGM Inc.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What he loves about Toronto and why advocates for the city
  • The advice that then-Commissioner of the NBA, gave when he took the job as the Commissioner of the Canadian Football League (CFL)
  • How he was able to turn around the CFL during his 8-year tenure
  • Lessons he learned from his father, a successful business person who brought McDonald’s to Canada and Russia

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TBLP017 | Julia Deans: Build Your Network

Julia Deans is the CEO of Futurpreneur Canada, a national non-profit organization that has helped almost 10,000 Canadians aged 18-39 launch start-ups with business coaching, financing, mentoring and other resources.

Julia started her career as a lawyer with Torys LLP in Toronto and Hong Kong, before creating a successful legal recruitment business in Singapore.

From 2005 to 2012, she was CEO of CivicAction, a cross-sector leadership coalition that has successfully tackled major social, economic and environmental challenges in the Toronto region. In 2012, she chaired Ontario’s Expert Roundtable on Immigration, helping develop the province’s first-ever immigration strategy.

Julia is a director of George Brown College and of Investeco, and a trustee of the Canada Post Community Foundation. She is past Chair of IWF Canada’s Toronto Chapter, a former board member of Luminato and the Living City Foundation, and a past advisor to organizations including Artscape, the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation and the Hague Process on Refugees and Migration. She has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women (2014) and as a Woman of Influence Canadian Diversity Champion (2012), and has received the University of Toronto’s Arbor Award.

Julia is a graduate of Queen’s University, Columbia University and Osgoode Hall Law School, and has received executive education at Harvard Business School. She is qualified to practice law in Ontario, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What she learned starting a business in Singapore
  • Leading not-for-profit organisations CivicAction and Ontario’s Expert Roundtable for Immigration
  • How she recruited John Tory to be the chair for CivicActionand recruiting John Tory to be on the board
  • How to diversify your board and get more women on it
  • Learn to build your network to help you become a great leader

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