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Recommended Listen | Upside

Recommended Listen | Upside

This week INVENTURE$ Canada is taking place in Calgary, and it's an opportunity to spark new ideas, innovations and partnerships; spur economic diversification initiatives, and generate investment in Alberta. There are a lot of sessions to take in and collaborative events happening all over the city, like DemoCamp Alberta and Edmonton House

One of the speakers I'm most excited to connect with is Jay Clouse. He helps founders and freelancers through his virtual accelerator, Unreal Collective, and recently launched the Upside, a podcast devoted to exploring technology startups founded outside of Silicon Valley. 

Recommended Listen: The Global Startup Movement Podcast

Recommended Listen: The Global Startup Movement Podcast

While Tiffany was in New Orleans for the Ecosystem Summit at Collision, she was invited to speak on the panel Ecosystem Development Strategies for Small and Mid-Sized Cities. Joined by Stanfield Gray, the CEO and Founder of Dig South, and Matt Wolfe, the Brand and Marketing Director for Greater New Orleans inc, the panel talks ecosystem building strategies, tips, and tools for small and mid-sized cities.

Recommended Listen: Getting to Burstiness

Recommended Listen: Getting to Burstiness

With all of my travel the last few weeks, it's been a great chance to catch up on episodes from some of my favourite podcasts. In WorkLife with Adam Grant: A TED original podcast, he explores what makes for great teams and working environments by going to some of the world's most unusual workplaces. 

In one of the best episodes, Adam goes to The Daily Show to sit in for a day to see what it takes to harness the power of group creativity in high-pressure situations. We've all sat through brainstorming sessions where at the end it seems like the least attractive, most safe ideas float to the top, and, frankly, it feels like mediocracy is rewarded. 

After listening to The Daily Show team chat about their workflow and relationships to one another, Adam uncovers four essential elements to improve creativity and innovative results from your time working together as a team. 

February Update

February Update

The first weeks of 2018 started with a bang! Lots of new faces joining us for coworking, an action-packed DemoCamp with creative projects from the recent HackED student hackathon, and our first session of Preflight is already complete. 

My recommendations this month: 

  • Check out what Amir and Brea have to say about our Preflight program & apply for our next session starting on March 1st.
    • Preflight is an annual membership that comes with ongoing mentorship opportunities outside of learning sessions. 
  • Sign up for a Business Model 101 session. Steph is offering a special weekend edition on March 3rd for those of you with packed evenings!
  • Apply for DemoCamp! Our most enduring community event is turning 40, and we're on the hunt for great projects & products to share.  

Recommended Listening: Learn To Unlearn - Masters of Scale

Recommended Listening: Learn To Unlearn - Masters of Scale

There is something about a podcast that brings the experience of an entrepreneur to life in a way an article, book or even video lacks. Hearing their voice full of the tone and expression brings focus to crucial moments and lessons in short bursts. 

Masters of Scale, from LinkedIn co-founder and Greylock Partner Reid Hoffman, sets out to describe and prove theories that explain how great entrepreneurs take their companies from zero to a gazillion in ingenious fashion. It's my favourite podcast, and Episode 15 is one of the best! 

January Update: A full year of programs, Student DevCon on the horizon, and lots of recommended readings

January Update: A full year of programs, Student DevCon on the horizon, and lots of recommended readings

2018 is already off to a great start with lots of full meeting rooms, brand new members joining the space, and all of our Foundational Programs are open to registration! 

The first few weeks back in the office are always full of plan making for the year ahead. We're so excited to help support even more tech founders, students, and startup community members in 2018. 

Be sure to make a note on your calendar to join us for DemoCamp 39 on January 31st. Seeing folks demo their working products is the best inspiration to get started on your projects. Once you're inspired, Shay is leading more sessions of our Preflight program than ever before to guide you through the ups & downs of founding a tech company. 

Recommended Reading: Darling Magazine - An Email is a Tool to Accomplish Something, Not a Work of Art

Recommended Reading: Darling Magazine - An Email is a Tool to Accomplish Something, Not a Work of Art

Welcome back! We'll be sharing our biggest lessons from 2017, loads of highlights from the year, and our January 2018 updates later this week.

To kick off our 2018 blog posts, I'm throwing it back to a fundamental skill shared by Jess Trinca, Senior Vice-President and General Manager at Darling Media, how to send a great email. Here at Startup Edmonton, I'm constantly shifting between communications channels: email, an obscene number of Slack channels and teams, social media accounts up to my eyeballs, Skype Business Chat, Microsoft Teams, plus, the occasional face-to-face conversation with another real-life human. 

My favourite piece of advice from Jess is to be clear about what you want and ask for it.

December Update - Wishing you the very best of the holiday season!

December Update - Wishing you the very best of the holiday season!

We're in a celebratory and reflective mood here at Startup Edmonton. This year was full of incredible interactions with founders, teams, and lots of new community members. Your support of our efforts with students, Edmonton Startup Week and classic startup events, like DemoCamp, means the world to us and we can't wait to do even more in 2018. 

December is a great time to squeeze in a workshop, apply for Preflight, and start planning to make 2018 the year you move your tech-enabled product idea forward. 

From the entire Startup Edmonton family - we wish you & yours a wonderful holiday season!

Recommended Reading: NAV | 11 Surprising Benefits of a Coworking Space

Recommended Reading: NAV | 11 Surprising Benefits of a Coworking Space

April 21, 2017 by Gerri Detweiler | www.nav.com

11 Surprising Benefits of a Coworking Space

James Hunt has worked in coworking spaces all over the world, from London to Bali.  He looks for ones that offer more than just a place to focus and a reliable internet connection. “I use coworking spaces wherever I travel to find and meet ‘my people’ – the entrepreneurs, the digital nomads, the people who don’t want to work in normal offices,” he says.

Like many others, Hunt finds the camaraderie and community forged in these work spaces as valuable as high-speed internet. “Having a sense of community at a coworking space is so important, so I try to prioritise going to places where community is promoted,” says Hunt. Indeed, his latest project, LiveWorkFit brings together entrepreneurs who want a coworking space, plus a community to support their efforts to be healthy.

If you’ve toyed with the idea of moving your business from your kitchen table or coffee shops to a more formal space, here are some surprising benefits coworking spaces may offer. 

Recommended Reading: TechCrunch | Canada is North America’s up-and-coming startup center

Recommended Reading: TechCrunch | Canada is North America’s up-and-coming startup center

Posted Apr 20, 2017 by Conrad Egusa (@ConradEgusa), Victoria Stunt (@vgstunt)

TechCrunch | Canada is North America’s up-and-coming startup center

They say that nice guys finish last — and Canada, with its reputation for polite citizenry and its charming prime minister, is used to being overlooked. Sure, Canada may tower over the United States in physical size, but many countries of similar stature — G7 nations, for example — dismiss the Great White North as nothing more than America’s top hat.

This is a mistake.