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16 years ago @ Disruptive Thoughts - The Importance of Hope... · 0 replies · +1 points

I'm proud to be Canadian. I wear my love for Hamilton on my sleeve. I'm thrilled with the changes that are occurring in the city, the province, and the country that will create real impact on entrepreneurship for years to come.

That's future tense though. We're not there yet. But we're on the right path.

Growing a company with $20M revenue is tough. Growing from $20 - $100 is even more difficult. But the hardest is to continue to grow beyond $100M / year in revenue. It will be interesting to watch Sandvine over the coming year - they're at a difficult junction for any company.

And a junction, that unfortunately, Canadian companies have never been good at transcending.

For all it's entrepreneurial spirit Waterloo has not matched the output of other areas. Again, I believe this will change thanks to the foundation and support networks that many have built in the region.

16 years ago @ Disruptive Thoughts - The Importance of Hope... · 2 replies · +1 points

Hi McLarty, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Always great to have a fellow Canadian entrepreneur share some thoughts.

I think it's easy to stereotype the entrepreneurial spirit that exists between the two countries. In fact, the difference between the stereotypes is a pressing issue. One that's regularly discussed in parliament, covered in the press, and articulated at start-up conferences throughout the country.

I am very familiar with Waterloo - I was born and raised in Hamilton and worked for a early-stage investment firm in the Golden Horseshoe area before making the move to NYC. We worked with a number of entities in the K-W region and they're building a wonderful start-up community.

Certainly UW, Communitech and other organizations are providing terrific support to the ecosystem within the region. And you definitely reference the major start-up success story (RIM) and there are other (less successful stories), such as Open Text, that exist.

But isn't it saying something when there's a single success story that we can reference? I think that's telling.

16 years ago @ Disruptive Thoughts - The Importance of Hope... · 0 replies · +1 points

DK, don't you think that Dr. Barber's findings reinforce the thought that Canadian entrepreneurs adjust their hopes and dreams based on the realities faced in Canada?

Surely their unconstrained aspirations are to build companies beyond $300M / year or to build a growth business that isn't purchased by a US firm.

16 years ago @ Disruptive Thoughts - The Importance of Hope... · 0 replies · +1 points

@Ken, thanks for clearing up a few things for Interested Observer.

The Stockdale Paradox is all about maintaining faith that you'll ultimately succeed while remaining grounded in the facts/reality.

For Canadian entrepreneurs the biggest fact/reality (that is: constraint) is that the start-up ecosystem in Canada can only support certain types and sizes of start-ups. Great Canadian entrepreneurs realize this and dream accordingly.

This is why I make the differentiation between entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs in both countries are equally talented. The US system simply allows for (supports? enables?) grander entrepreneurship and thus the unbalance.

16 years ago @ Disruptive Thoughts - The Importance of Hope... · 0 replies · +1 points

Thanks for reading through the post a few times. I think you should read through it a few more though.

16 years ago @ Disruptive Thoughts - Incentives · 0 replies · +1 points

AH! Finally you post. Welcome to the conversation (but sorry to hear you're sick). It's sort of the opposite, but not really. A negative incentive still exists in that if I don't write I have to pay moola. I can tell you that while I like Kiva I'd prefer to not be forking over moola on a weekly basis.

You're down for a month? Elective?

16 years ago @ Disruptive Thoughts - Incentives · 0 replies · +1 points

You just highlighted the fun we all had been missing. It's the web equivalent of the dunk tank.

16 years ago @ Disruptive Thoughts - Links of the Moment · 0 replies · +1 points

What if the truth doesn't even lie in the middle but is some blended combination of the two? I don't know what I think about this - haven't thought it through fully, but think about Gladwell's influencers, Watts' societal readiness, and Rogers' classic adoption curve. Doesn't it feel like there's something linking the three together?

16 years ago @ David G Cohen - The secret is out. Damn. · 1 reply · +1 points

^ that comment made me laugh even harder than the video

16 years ago @ Disruptive Thoughts - NYC · 0 replies · +1 points

@Darren , Tim: definitely. I'll send you guys emails and we can figure something out.