How Google is rewarding businesses who switch to Google Apps

Google has always taken a proactive approach to competition. But with Google's latest announcement, it is clear the company will even do the nearly unthinkable to keep its competitive advantage - pay customers

Published on: December 11th, 2015 Robert Cordray

Sequoia Capital strategy includes investing in Toronto from its Silicon Valley office

When Sequoia Capital partner Matt Miller was in Toronto for a Startup Grind fireside chat at Pivotal Labs recently, I asked him why the Silicon Valley venture capital firm doesn't have a Toronto

Published on: November 30th, 2015 Geoff Foulds

An Intro SQL and what it accomplishes for business

SQL (structured query language) is a basic programming language that is used to send information, retrieve information, and organize information in a database. It’s critical for big businesses, and increasingly more for medium

Published on: July 8th, 2015 Robert Cordray

Building connected networks is the most important skill of the 21st century

The most important skill we need to develop for the 21st century is our ability to build strong partnerships. At the core of this is our relationships. Industry lines are blurring. We no

Published on: September 15th, 2014 Ayelet Baron

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published on: November 4th, 2013 Brian Clendenin