Friday, September 21, 2012

from  Three AHA Moments I’ll never forget

This week, I spoke at the capstone event for Startup Canada in Vancouver, which was a cross-country tour helping local startups get ready for the major leagues. The organizers did it big — 400 people at the new Waterfront Convention Center built for the 2010 Olympics.
They also did things a little differently; rather than have people come up and pitch their companies, 20 founders were chosen to share personal stories about the time in their life when they *knew* they were going to be an entrepreneur (including one person I’d mentored at Startup Weekend Alexandria last year who’s now raised money and moved to Canada). My most favorite came from a guy who shared his painful journey battling a life-crippling addiction to… pay-checks. 

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