Last year I wrote about how one of my New Year’s resolutions was to read two books a month, and since I joined two book clubs, that should have been a pretty easy goal to hit. I didn’t just join book clubs because I wanted to be forced to read, rather it was mostly for the social aspect. Both book clubs are with groups of friends I don’t see regularly, so it’s a chance to catch up, eat great food, and drink (lots of) wine. Kev calls it “wine club,” but I swear we actually do talk about the books…just … Continue reading
Over the last five years I’ve been fortunate enough to work for a startup in several different roles – first as the second employee at Sprouter, growing the network as the Community Manager; then as a Postmedia employee as the Director of Communications at Sprouter; and most recently as the Managing Editor at emerging tech publication BetaKit, which we launched last February. Today Postmedia announced that they will be integrating BetaKit and Sprouter into the Financial Post. As a result, I will no longer be working full time for BetaKit or Postmedia, though I will likely be doing ongoing freelance … Continue reading
Today Marketing Magazine announced that I’ve been named to their 30 Under 30 list, which highlights the top “creatives, media strategists, PR pros, marketers and others of the persuasion profession” in Canada. They haven’t released the full list yet, but did write a lovely little profile about me here. They’re throwing a cocktail reception to fete the winners tomorrow, which should be a great chance to meet the other honourees. Thanks to Russ Martin for writing such a great profile, and to the Marketing team for including me on the list. Really appreciate being recognized for my work with Sprouter/BetaKit over … Continue reading
Over the past several years at Sprouter, we’ve been privileged to see firsthand the amazing innovation happening around the world. We’ve witnessed the birth of the incredible startup renaissance occurring in coffee shops, schools, garages and at meetups everywhere. Today I’m excited to announce a new Sprouter initiative. Welcome to BetaKit, a new online publication reporting on emerging technology and innovation around the world. At BetaKit, we care about providing the what, but we’re also committed to explaining why it matters. Breaking news is important, but so is relating news to larger industry trends, and telling you why you and your … Continue reading
It’s January, which means it’s resolution time. I usually only make three resolutions, zero of which involve getting fit (I like poutine too much), but at least one of which usually involves a hobby. One of my biggest hobbies is reading, and in early 2011 I was inspired by a post from my friend Dave Fleet outlining his reading challenge. I’ve always loved reading, but I find when I’m busy books fall to the wayside. So one of my New Year’s Resolutions last year was to read two books per month in 2011. I passed with flying colours (I read 29 books … Continue reading
From Deadpool to Acquisition: Lessons From Sprouter’s Almost Fail : Thanks to Dharmesh Shah for letting me write a guest post for OnStartups about our recent experience with Sprouter. I’ve been a loyal reader of OnStartups for years, so it’s humbling to see my post published there. Read for lessons from our “deadpool to acquisition” journey…and a little Canadian humour.
In late July I wrote a difficult post announcing that Sprouter was shutting down. It outlined my journey at the startup over the past three years, my startup lessons, and my plans for moving on. The post was a long goodbye to the company and the team I had worked tirelessly with since joining in 2008. The day we announced the shutdown was really difficult for our team. We loved the company, and it wasn’t an easy decision to make. I was blown away by how supportive everyone was, and was even more surprised at the desire from the community … Continue reading
Technology journalist, Financial Post columnist, former Managing Editor at BetaKit.com, and one of Marketing Magazine's 30 Under 30.