9 reasons to name a non-executive chairperson to your board

It is natural for entrepreneurs and founders to want to control the destiny of their company. Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg are often cited as examples of why a founder should stay in control.

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 25th, 2014 Gerard Buckley

4 best ways for brands to connect with customers

By Hugo Beniada, Fueled One of the first things that you learn in business school is that acquiring a customer can be up to six times more expensive than retaining one. Simply keeping

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 26th, 2014 Fueled

Role models most helpful to women tech entrepreneurs

In support of the 40Forward program,  Annelies Van den Belt, CEO of DC Thomson (findmypast.com, friendsreunited.co.uk) inspired the startup community in Toronto at multiple events. On May 5, the Toronto StartupGrind community hosted Annelies Van den Belt at

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 9th, 2014 Cheryl Sylvester

How to effectively outsource IT projects

Besides humans, your company’s telecommunication network is your most important asset. If you take a second to think about it, every aspect of your business is connected to a network. It allows your

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 22nd, 2014 Ashley Huffman

Crowdfunding: An investor’s perspective

Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of being invited by the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada to be a panelist at their breakfast briefing "Igniting Entrepreneurship and Capital Flow in Ontario." The other

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 17th, 2014 Gerard Buckley

Millions of Target customers should expect a surprise in their inboxes

What was already a catastrophically large security breach became ridiculously monumental today as Target notified the public that an additional 30 million customers have been added to the previous total of 40 million

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 10th, 2014 Claudiu Popa

Daily mindset of great salespeople

Having been in technology sales for many years, I am often asked, by new and seasoned sales professionals alike, about how to create strong and lasting client relationships.  While many are hoping for

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: November 22nd, 2013 Brian Clendenin

Dear CIO, communicate the business value of IT

“What is the value of an exercise machine?” – Probably one of my favourite opening questions by Gartner analyst Richard Hunter, vice-president and Gartner Fellow, just prior to sharing with the audience his

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: November 21st, 2013 Brian Clendenin

Executive discussions are changing to include the cloud

Cloud computing is a disruptive force.  Having worked with many of western Canada’s CIOs and senior executives over the past number of years, rarely have I had a discussion that didn’t include the

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: November 21st, 2013 Brian Clendenin

3 key questions to ask when transforming your IT organization

I recently interviewed Luis Canepari, the Vice President of IT at Goldcorp, about IT transformation and how to approach strategy development.  With over $5 billion in annual revenue,  Goldcorp is one of the

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: November 4th, 2013 Brian Clendenin

‘Art of’ running your business isn’t a solitary work: panel

"Fly alone, die alone." These words from Sunil Mistry, partner at KPMG Enterprise were echoed by Paul Gaspar, director of small business segment at UPS Canada when he said “small business failures come

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: October 24th, 2013 Cheryl Sylvester

Eliminate business bottlenecks by going digital everywhere

Anthony Raso's Toronto-based car maintenance garage isn't a digital business – customers drive their cars into his shop, they get hoisted on a lift, and he fixes them – but that didn't stop

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: October 4th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Federal government cracks down on ‘zapper’ sales suppression software

Canadian businesses that use, possess, or acquire electronic sales suppression (ESS) software or devices will now face penalties of up to $50,000 per infraction as the Conservative government announced new measures today in

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: September 11th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Recognizing Women in IT: a paradoxical co-existence of celebration and discomfort

Last Thursday I had the privilege to attend the 2013 CDN's Women in the IT Channel Recognition  lunch.  This was the third annual event for women in the industry - indeed a lovely celebration,

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 29th, 2013 Cheryl Sylvester