Mesh and Me: A Lot Can Happen in Two Years


In May of 2010, I moved to Toronto after 15 months in China. One of the first things I did (to start building a network) was sign up to volunteer at Mesh, and while I was there, I told anyone who would listen that I was looking for a job. Dan Martell, Andrew Lane and Matt Roberts might remember that.

In May of 2011, I’d been in a corporate marketing role for almost a year. But I wanted to join a startup. So, I volunteered at Mesh, and while I was there, I told anyone who would listen that I was looking for a job with a startup. Mark Graham, Tim Willison and Ashleigh Grange might remember that.

This year, I’m not volunteering. In fact, I’ve been invited to speak at Mesh (on a panel – details below).

Conclusion? A lot can happen in two years.

You can still register for Mesh! Click here and get a 15% discount by using discount code: “thisweek”

Tales from the Trenches: Stories from Startups
Thursday, May 24th | 1:05 pm – 2:05 pm | Room 203AB

So, what’s involved in running a startup? How do you operate the business? What’s involved in developing products and services? What are some of the key considerations when hiring employees? What are the most important things when a startup looks to raise money or gets an acquisition offer. We’ve put together a roundtable featuring startup entrepreneurs (and a VC) who will provide real-world insight into the startup world. Moderated by Mark Evans and Stuart MacDonald, the roundtable is designed to be freewheeling, interactive and engaging forum that aims to have the audience involved and contributing as well. Guest roundtable members include: Aliza PulverAndy YangEvgeny TchebotarevDups Wijayawardhana and Heather Payne.

A Note To Young Treps: Put Down The Ramen


I wrote a piece for, and it was published earlier this week. Check it out:

Whether it’s long hours, late nights or surviving off just the most basic of staples — we’ve all heard the stories of startup founders working toward Ramen profitability. Although these tales are popular, and sometimes even glamorized, are they a necessity for anyone looking to start up?

I don’t think so. After all, I’m an entrepreneur. My startup is less than a year old. Yet, I live in a good-sized apartment in a nice area of Toronto. I have an iPhone, a couple of computers and an iPad. I have patio furniture and I host dinner parties. I rarely buy groceries, choosing instead to eat out or on the go. Recently, I made a five-digit investment in fellow entrepreneur Katherine Hague’s startup, ShopLocket. And despite the fact that university cost me $100,000, I’ve been financially independent (and debt-free) since I moved out at 18.

Is it luck? Partially. But most of it comes down to being financially savvy. Here are three tips to help you pursue entrepreneurship without having to resort to Ramen:

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