Outlaw contracts legalese

Outlaw fights back at the incomprehensible legalese that plagues business contracts

It should have been a celebratory time for Evan Schneyer. His travel-oriented startup, Wanderfly, was being sold to Tripadvisor after about five weeks’ worth of discussion. Then, when it came time to sign on the dotted line, the contract challenges emerged that gave birth to his new venture, Outlaw. “It was like a glorified job […]

human cloud

How the ‘human cloud’ is starting to change the way enterprise firms develop their contingent workforce

Consultants and contractors have been part of large organizations for years, but these will soon be joined by the “human cloud” of contingent workers sourced through a variety of online channels and marketplaces, according to Staffing Industry Analysts. Speaking at the HR Professional Industry Association (HRPA) conference in Toronto last week, Staffing Industry Analysts senior […]

Differentiator

How to identify the right product differentiator to boost marketing and sales success

One of the biggest challenges for today’s seller is helping their buyer understand their product or service’s differentiator — in other words, what makes it  better than others that walk, talk, look and act like it. None of us wishes for our solutions to be thought of as an imitator or second-best. We want our business […]

AngelList

Former AngelList exec explains what startups could teach enterprises about AI

There are plenty of people betting big on how technologies like artificial intelligence will change consumers’ lives, but Ash Fontana is strictly putting his money on line-of-business applications. Fontana, managing director at Silicon Valley VC firm Zetta Venture Partners, was in Toronto last week as part of the CDO Summit. The former head of fundraising projects at […]

GM

GM’s head of open innovation shares what he learned as an UberX driver

Long before he started to explore the future of connected, electric and autonomous vehicles, Ted Graham was picking up drunks in his family’s minivan, trying to find ways to help accountants. The head of open innovation at General Motors recounted his last role, as an innovation leader at accounting firm PwC, in his closing keynote […]

X-Prize

X-Prize founder wants companies to set up ‘crazy ideas’ departments

Faster and cheaper computing power, coupled with improved quality of life around the world, should have every business thinking about how they could improve their importance by a factor of 10, according to X-Prize founder Peter Diamandis. Speaking at the first-ever SingularityU Canada Summit on Wednesday, the entrepreneur — whose X-Prize foundation helps fund breakthrough […]

L-Spark

L-Spark looks for next-gen SaaS startups with more than ‘vanity metrics’

The next generation of software-as-a-service startups need to go beyond “vanity metrics” and demonstrate plans for sustainable growth if they want to gain the trust of B2B customers, according to the managing director of an accelerator whose application process closes Friday. L-Spark, which has launched 29 startups since 2015 and is about to select 10 […]

uri levine

Inside the Mind Of… Uri Levine

Uri Levine, computer programmer, investor, and start up guru, is best known for his involvement in the traffic mapping GPS app, Waze. Similar to the crowd-sourcing concept of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, Waze’s breakthrough platform provides drivers an opportunity to send real-time alerts about any traffic situation for other drivers, anywhere in the world. From […]

licensing business model

Understanding the Licensing Business Model

Businesses do not always have to build all their products and content from scratch. Licensing provides a fantastic opportunity for businesses to collaborate with other businesses to build sophisticated products and services. Take Uber, for example. The core business of this popular ride-hailing app is to help passengers connect with cabs in their neighbourhood. To […]

breakthrough brands

Interbrand Breakthrough Brands: Recognizing Next-Generation, Disruptive Brands

Interbrand announced its second annual Interbrand Breakthrough Brands report in partnership with New York Stock Exchange (NYSE),Ready Set Rocket, and Facebook this week. The 2017 report recognizes 40 next-generation, disruptive brands that define progress and the potential to grow. The report complements Interbrand’s annual Best Global Brands report, now entering its 18th year, by putting a spotlight on emerging brands—those that […]

startup marketing strategy

Create Your Startup Marketing Strategy: The Ultimate Guide

Creating a marketing strategy is crucial for your startup, company or organization to address the right message to your buyers/users personas. It’s important to define a marketing strategy for your startup in order to have a marketing plan and be on the right path to success. How do you create your startup marketing strategy? Should […]