When I was younger, I started trekking mountains. One day my mum said to me “only stupid people climb mountains; you will die.” Last night I was honoured to be on a fun panel at an event in Kingston, Ontario for student entrepreneurs and a couple fellow entrepreneurs (Jason Hurd and Sam Khan) made the… Read More Only stupid people start companies
On a blustery cold November night in St. John’s, Newfoundland seventeen years ago, a small black kitten strayed into the shelter of my apartment doorstep. This story about a cat named Pixel begins with that kitten. I had never had a cat though I had grown up with dogs aplenty. That night I took in… Read More Pixel the Cat
They say to fix a problem you have to first admit you have one. A year ago, I finally admitted that my e-mail inbox was a problem. I had three different addresses, tens of thousands of email in my global inbox with countless unread. I am sure I am not alone. From November 2014 to November 2015… Read More One year of e-mail freedom
This month marks the six-year anniversary of when two friends (Niall Brown, Mike Mannion) and I started a company called Empire Avenue. In those days we had multiple names for the code base, Project Venice being the most used due to the Merchant of Venice. Very quickly our small threesome filled out with many more wonderful people in… Read More Empire Avenue becomes Empire.Kred
It’s not often that I am on a bus these days where the passengers thank the driver. This morning I happen to be sitting on the bus to Toronto Airport when after the bus driver’s welcome announcement, the entire bus of about 20 people, unexpected by me, let loose with a chorus of “thank you”.… Read More A wink, a nod and a smile to you
My vision for the Canada that I fell in love with so many years ago. As we look towards the rest of this year, is the Harper vision of Canada the same as mine? While many people do not struggle with having a “Canadian” identity, an immigrant often does. In order to even take the step towards citizenship you must first think about, decide and accept what it means to be “Canadian”.… Read More O Canada, Where Art Thou?