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Pain Camp: finding real problems to solve

As I’ve written before, too many of the entrepreneurs I meet are smart and motivated but working on weak ideas. I also meet many people who claim that the only thing standing between them and launching a new venture is … Continue reading

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Défis particuliers à l’entreprenariat techno

Dans le cadre de la tournée de consultation du MDEIE sur la stratégie de l’entreprenariat, j’ai l’opportunité de sensibiliser le Ministre aux défis particuliers auxquels font face les entreprises dans le milieux des technologies de l’information. Personnellement, je trouve que … Continue reading

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Impact économique du premier fonds de Montreal Start Up

Ceux qui lisent ce blogue et qui me suivent sur Twitter sont probablement familiers avec les 15 investissements que  Montreal Start Up (MSU) a effectués jusqu’à présent, la venue prochaine de Real Ventures et de notre implication dans le projet … Continue reading

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Montreal Start Up Fund I: some numbers

Although we send out quarterly newsletters, we like to get Montreal Start Up‘s (MSU) Limited Partners (LP) together once a year for an update on the fund’s performance. In addition to hearing about the fund, the LP’s come to network … Continue reading

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Bootstrapping your business

Just as a carpenter needs to select the right tool for the job, an entrepreneur needs to select the right financing vehicle for her business. For many of the start-ups I come across, VC is definitely not appropriate. For others … Continue reading

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Stratégie québécoise de la recherche et d’innovation

La semaine dernière le gouvernement du Québec a publié sa Stratégie québécoise de la recherche et de l’innovation 2010-2013 (SQRI). La première chose qu’on remarque, c’est qu’à l’heure du Web et des téléphones intelligents, on semble avoir oublié l’Internet et … Continue reading

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Lessons from Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation

While I’ve known about Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) for several years now, I’d never really taken the time to learn its history and understand its model. As it is an obvious model for Notman House to learn from, … Continue reading

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