Professional Development

Facebook Live: Tiffany's top podcast picks to binge over the holidays!

Facebook Live: Tiffany's top podcast picks to binge over the holidays!

Our CEO, Tiffany Linke-Boyko, is an avid listener of podcasts. She’s always on the search for fantastic content to share with the team, our members and the community. (Seriously, we have an entire Slack channel dedicated to her recommendations!)

Tiffany is always willing to take a risk on an unknown podcast if the topic and guests look promising. In this Facebook Live, she shares her favourites of the last few months and how you can make the spare moments you have in the car (or on the bus) really count towards improving your leadership skills, sales, or personal development.

Recommended Reading | So you just raised your seed round, now what?

Recommended Reading | So you just raised your seed round, now what?

We get a lot of questions about access to capital from Founders of early-stage tech startups. It often is one of the first questions we hear when we meet with someone interested in pursuing their idea for a product. There is a lot of work to be done before seeking angel investment or a seed round for your company - like problem/solution fit, minimum viable product development, and even preparing to sell to customers (and we’re happy to support your efforts through the Preflight program.)

In this article Boris Wertz, founding partner of Version One Ventures shares some of the patterns he has observed while sitting on the boards of the companies in their portfolio of investments, from pre-seed to Series B, and beyond. Version One Ventures has ten years of experience and comprehensive portfolio of tech investments including Jobber, Nexopia, TechVibes, IndieGoGo, and Indochino.

What I like about Boris’ advice is it’s incredibly practical, and what I’ve watched happen in our local community when startups successfully secure funding and then use it to prepare themselves for rapid growth. As I go through Boris’ checklist of what to focus on (and not focus on), three, in particular, stand out.

Facebook Live | How to get the most out of mentorship

Facebook Live | How to get the most out of mentorship

In this Facebook Live, Adam Danyleyko, our Community Program Manager, sat down with Dave Bellous to chat all about mentorship. Dave is a longtime member of the startup community, is currently working with the team at ZEPT (a Launch Party alumni company,) and is a sought-after mentor for CEOs and Founders. 

When is the right time for your startup to start automating tasks?

When is the right time for your startup to start automating tasks?

In this week's Facebook Live, Stephanie and Lauren sat down for a chat all about the power of automation. Sometimes moving towards automation feels like you're taking the human element out of your company. Lauren showcases how automation can help your team be more creative and improve relationships with your customers. 

New Opportunity: Strategic Program Manager @ Startup Edmonton

New Opportunity: Strategic Program Manager @ Startup Edmonton

We are looking for a passionate person who is excited about building the startup community and helping entrepreneurs find success.

The Strategic Program Manager is an important role in the expansion of Startup Edmonton programs. This role will report to and work directly with the CEO of Startup Edmonton to strategically expand and execute programs in order to increase the number of tech-enabled companies being created. Edmonton is at an exciting point in time to foster a swell of tech startups and Startup Edmonton programs play a key role in this.

Operating in a fast-past environment, this person will lead a team in the growth of programming through partnerships, new curriculum and increased program awareness. They will bring a strong ability to manage and coach team members; while being strategically focused on evolving and developing programming in order to maintain relevance and impact.

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading and developing programs, managing a budget, meeting sales targets and managing partner relationships. This leader will have at least 2 years of experience directly managing people. They will be passionate about the entrepreneurial community and making an impact on the innovation community.

Recommended Reading: The High-Demand Tech Job … No One Talks About

Recommended Reading: The High-Demand Tech Job … No One Talks About

Earlier this year, Ryan Holmes, Founder and CEO of Hootsuite, shared some personal insight into one of the most significant challenges facing startup founders - where to find top talent to grow their companies. 

Often in the startup world, the conversation around talent focuses on the competition for technical expertise.

But, recruiting, retaining, and supporting technical talent isn't the only hiring challenge facing startups. 

Does your startup need a COO?

Does your startup need a COO?

With new startups, team members often wear many different hats—that is, various team members taking on several roles that might not fit their exact job description. But as the business grows, having people in specific roles becomes increasingly important—like operations. Operations can be tricky to define, but it involves the managing of functions within the organization to ensure everything is running as efficiently as possible. Someone in operations could have their hand in anything from legal, to accounting, to HR. 

A pair of recommended readings | Advice and insights from Edmonton founders on Entrepreneur.com

A pair of recommended readings | Advice and insights from Edmonton founders on Entrepreneur.com

One of the best parts of an active startup community is connecting with founders a few steps ahead of you for advice. We see these creative collisions everyday and it's one of the best parts of managing a coworking space! 

Recently, two Edmonton startup founders shared their insights and advice on Entrepreneur.com to reach an even wider audience. 

Marketing Advice From the Trenches | What should you focus on in the early days of your startup?

Marketing Advice From the Trenches | What should you focus on in the early days of your startup?

If traction is the name-of-the-game for early-stage startups, it's no surprise that conversations around marketing, promotions, and sales are always on the go here at Startup Edmonton. Teams are small, everyone wears a lot of different hats, and budgets can be tight - so, how should you make those first investments? 

I chatted with Danelle Fash, Marketing Manager at Testfire Labs, and Kieran Ryan, Founder of POGO CarShare, about their approach, advice and some mistakes made along the way.

Before you build, connect with your customers! Customer validation explained

Before you build, connect with your customers! Customer validation explained

Think of customer validation as you create tech products as akin to "Call Before You Dig" when you build a fence for your yard! It's an important step that turns the unexpected into a crystal clear map, but it's a step that a lot of people forget about or rush through because it seems like a hassle. 

Our Program Manager, Shay, sat down on Facebook Live and talked all about why customer validation is so crucial and gave some tips on how to go about it. Check out the video below!