Monthly Archives: February 2012

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[caption id="attachment_105" align="aligncenter" width="475" caption="Ideas don't make you an entrepreneur. Building it does."][/caption] I've heard quite a few people tell me that they have the 'greatest idea ever' for a product or a startup. Even at last night's SproutUp Toronto meetup, people came up to Kurt, Mark and me (3/4 of the Lesson Sensei team) with nothing but an idea. The ironic thing is that former Digg Creative Director and Milk co-founder Daniel Burka at February SproutUp Toronto said that "ideas are cheap. Building is hard." I agree with him. Ideas are a dime in a dozen. Everyone has ideas. I have 4 to 5 possible startup ideas in my head right now. If you're reading this, chances are that you have an idea yourself. But,…

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[caption id="attachment_752" align="alignleft" width="425"] Just like my first time learning how to snowboard, entrepreneurs have to embrace embarrassment and pain to be successful[/caption] After being in Canada for 17 years, I finally went snowboarding for the first time 2 weeks ago. So here I am, a 27-year-old guy, on the bunny hills with little kids who are probably 7 or 8 year old passing me left, right and center. Not only that, about 80% of the time, I'm either on my ass or on my knees while those little kids perfectly carve the slopes. I feel like such a fool.There's a part in me that says, "you're too old for this. Just give up." But, I push on, get up…

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[caption id="attachment_648" align="alignleft" width="400" caption="Entrepreneurship is like a game of poker"][/caption] Poker is a popular game played by many in living rooms and, more recently, in world competitions. It's popularity stems from the fact that it is easy to learn, extremely social, provides the opportunity for profit and takes a lifetime of commitment to master. And wow, with the practice and skill you can win a lot money; the top 5 players overall winnings range from $11,000,000 to $16,000,000. Yes, that's 6 zeroes! I tried playing poker once with a bunch of guys. I lost big time. My friends hustled $100 out of me. I might not be good at poker. But, I did find that there are many lessons entrepreneurs…

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[caption id="attachment_582" align="alignleft" width="318"] SproutUp January meet up[/caption] I recently attended a SproutUp networking event for entrepreneurs and investors. When it comes to this kind of events, I'm a virgin. It was my first time. Like many first times, it was overwhelming; there were over 500 entrepreneurs and investors in the event. And also like many first times, it wasn't good. I don't blame the amazing Sprouter team who organized the event. I blame mostly myself. Looking back, I should have prepared a lot more before the event. But what shocked me the most was that most people I met in the networking event weren't that prepared either. The key to getting the most of these kinds of events is…