Post-Mortem: Why My Startup Failed

In 2011, I took a 4-month sabbatical from my job to reflect on life. This led to me leaving the job and leaping into the unfamiliar and unglamorous life of an entrepreneur. My first project, Club Ovahi, was a failure. I was recently inspired by the Without Fail podcast to reflect on exactly what happened and why... Continue Reading →

A Look at Canadian Bank-Startup Relationships

The Big 5 Canadian banks have a testy relationship with startups despite their activity in supporting AI research, partnering with accelerators, and lending to tech companies. As major institutions, they should be playing a supportive role in supercharging innovation by investing in, buying services from, and striking partnerships with startups. But overall, the opposite has... Continue Reading →

Field Report: 2nd Annual Blockchain Conference – Toronto

Last week, I attended the 2nd Annual Blockchain Conference in Toronto. Given recent cryptocurrency turmoils, I was hoping for an even-keeled event, but the name of the game was hype. Statements like "...everything will be tokenized...", "...blockchain will help solve child labour" or "...will eliminate inequality" were thrown around. To borrow terminology from Gartner's Hype Cycle I... Continue Reading →

Club Ovahi Archives: What to look for in a mobile loyalty platform? Simplicity, throughput, data & value

So you’ve decided to equip your business with a mobile loyalty platform.  A smart move for any business looking for a competitive advantage, increased foot traffic, and the ability to better engage/research their current customer base. While it is in fact a “smart move” for some, those who misfire on execution with their mobile loyalty app are... Continue Reading →

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