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BX DISRUPTORS

BX DISRUPTORS

By Ravi Ravindran
A podcast for engaging, tracking, and advancing innovation communities around the world.

We aim to give agency to those that are seeking to advance their ideas through startups, research, or intrapreneurship.
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🔱 DEN: Difference between building Brand vs Product - 03/16/21
🔱 DEN: Difference between building Brand vs Product
01:05:16
April 21, 2021
🔱 DEN: Greatness lies in the Agency of Others - 03/20/2021
🔱 DEN: Greatness lies in the Agency of Others
01:03:06
April 21, 2021
🔱 DEN: Alter Egos & Success - 03/18/21
🔱 DEN: Alter Egos & Success
01:30:29
April 21, 2021
🔱 DEN: Are Entrepreneurs Made or Born? - 03/19/21
🔱 DEN: Are Entrepreneurs Made or Born?
01:38:29
April 21, 2021
🔱 DEN: Knowledge Workers & the Future of Work w/ Travis Ratnam - 02/25/2021
🔱 DEN: Knowledge Workers & the Future of Work w/ Travis Ratnam
01:26:11
April 21, 2021
🔱 DEN: Books that impacted you? - 03/27/2021
🔱 DEN: Books that impacted you?
01:07:23
April 21, 2021
🔱 DEN: What will replace Smart Phones? - 04/06/21
🔱 DEN: What will replace Smart Phones?
01:13:02
April 21, 2021
🔱 DEN: Using your Imposter Syndrome - 03/25/21
🔱 DEN: Using your Imposter Syndrome - 03/25/21
01:05:51
April 21, 2021
#132 - Gunnar Cuevas // CARL
Gunnar is Co-founder of CARL, a technology platform providing greater financial inclusion. With CARL investors have access to quantitative hedge fund strategies, information and tools to manage their investment portfolios and achieve better risk-adjusted returns.
59:00
April 21, 2021
#131 - Nima Tahami // ShiftRide
Nima is an entrepreneur and designer with a lot of passion for building consumer tech startups. Nima is the Co-Founder & CEO of ShiftRide, a car subscription marketplace, providing people access to cars on a weekly basis with everything included.
58:28
April 21, 2021
#130 - Lindsey Hayzlett // Preserve
Sustainability and anti-human trafficking activist, Lindsey Hayzlett has spent over 15 years building and scaling businesses. With her tenacious business acumen and passion for social impact, Lindsey has most recently created PRESERVE: A global fashion statement, with a purpose. It is a platform bridging the gap between cultures, advocating the artisanship of South Asian designers while providing sustainable access to global fashion for the North American market.
55:27
April 21, 2021
#129 - Viraj Mane // Lactiga
Lactiga is advancing its patented therapeutic to protect immunodeficient patients from severe, recurring infections. It's the first company to partner with milk banks to repurpose the global supply of unused, donated human milk into a clinical product.
52:13
April 21, 2021
#128 - Ingrid Polini // SafetyDocs
SaaS development Entrepreneur. I am focused on managing the development of client-centered solutions, focusing on optimizing efficiency and lowering costs of operations. As well as using my international communication skills to build tailored user experiences following the best practices within each market. My company has been in the market for 5+ years (Brazil), and we started our international journey last year.   I am also a Master’s student at RRU, and an ultrarunner.
43:45
April 21, 2021
#127 - Jeffery Potvin // Open People Network (OPN)
Jeffery Potvin, an angel investor in multiple regions who has Invested in 55+ companies; He is a member of the York, Spark & GTAN angels & screening committees while being the driving force behind Open People Network (OPN)! OPN is a group of angel investors helping accelerate the growth of early stage startups through The Supporters Fund and Pitchit Series. Jeffery is a lifelong entrepreneur with a proven track record of building companies and reinventing existing businesses. Working with a list of great startups to enterprise clients over the years. Jeffery is a mentor, coach and loves to climb mountains!
01:00:26
April 21, 2021
#126 - Jennifer Arnold // MinervaAI
Jennifer Arnold, co-founder and CEO of MinervaAI, a financial crime fighting platform using deep learning and automation to make client risk assessment and fin. crime investigations 10X faster, smarter and completely compliant, compared to today's manual processes.
56:12
April 21, 2021
#125 - Eduardo Serna // Cardiotrack Global
Eduardo Serna is a Mexican-born entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He is the CEO and Co Founder of Canadian Based Cardiotrack Their goal is to be a Personalized automated vital signs screening with AI-enabled health data-driven decisions.
55:57
April 21, 2021
#124 - Robert Kaul // Cloud DX
Robert Kaul is the Founder & CEO of Cloud DX, Inc., a leader in digital healthcare based in Kitchener ON and Brooklyn NY. The company focuses on analyzing proprietary vital sign data from bespoke medical devices and mobile apps. In the new world of COVID-19, virtual care is in high demand but accurate data from remote, isolated patients is rare – Cloud DX fills that niche. Their team has earned over a dozen awards for innovation excellence, including the Bold Epic Innovator Award in the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, “Visionary” in the PricewaterhouseCoopers Vision 2 Reality Awards, “World Changing Idea” from Fast Company Magazine and most recently Finalist for a 2021 Edison Award. Robert is a contributor to the Forbes Technology Council. He earned a BSc from University of Alberta and an Executive Certificate from MIT Sloan.
52:43
April 21, 2021
#123 - Patrick Farrar // Start up Zone PEI
xCEO, xCOO helping founders understand their potential from market research to sales and marketing execution to fundraising. Trusted advisor in building early-stage companies. Focused on cleantech, agtech, and fintech to make a better world.
46:38
April 21, 2021
#122 - Naveed Ahmad // The Heart Health Institute
Naveed is an Entrepreneur who is passionate about supporting the Canadian start up ecosystem. Currently Naveed is actively involved in three initiatives: CEO of Heart Health Institute, Advisor with the CAN Health Network and Entrepreneur in Residence at the DMZ Accelerator based in Toronto.
54:24
April 21, 2021
#121 - Michael Cronin // Acquire Agency & Fates.ai
Founder of Acquire Agency and Fates.ai.    Acquire Agency is an agency that specializes in performance Facebook Advertising. Acquire is a premium partner of Facebook that has deployed over $100M in ad spend.  Fates.ai is a machine learning tool that helps advertisers overcome the challenges of iOS 14.
38:52
April 21, 2021
#120 - Kevin M. Smith // The Story Architect
Kevin Smith is The Story Architect. In his 25+ year career in sales, marketing, & entrepreneurship, Kevin has done over 10,000 pitches. Kevin helps businesses & start-ups unleash their story to secure customers and investors, by helping them understand what their core customer story is and then helping them get their story to market. Kevin spent 14+ years at Dell in consumer sales, B2B sales, Enterprise Sales, Enterprise Marketing, and M&A GTM Strategy. After helping to develop go to market strategies for their acquired startups, he reconnected with his passion for entrepreneurship and began helping startups and growing businesses full time. His expertise include branding, messaging, marketing strategy, SEO, Content and Social Media marketing, presentation and pitch design, web design, lead generation, sales coaching and business development. He’s provided mentorship to startups through the RIC Centre, Humber Launch, U of T i-Cube, Startup Toronto / TorontoStarts, Startup York’s Y2 and Startup Next in addition to delivering educational entrepreneurial workshops as a MaRS facilitator. He also participates as a judge for startup pitch competitions and has spent time with angel investor groups as a subject matter expert.
54:06
April 21, 2021
#119 - Patrick Mandic // Mavennet
Patrick Mandic, Co-Founder and CEO, was previously Senior Manager at Deloitte consulting where he led the IoT practice in Eastern Canada and was global Chief of Staff for the Technology Strategy practice, comprised of over 3,500 practitioners globally. Patrick was responsible for large scale digital transformation in a wide range of industries (e.g. automotive, financial services, education, professional services, etc.). Prior to that, Patrick worked in R&D in the telecommunication sector and in digital infrastructure deployment projects for the French Defense contractor Thales. Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication engineering from the UPC in Barcelona, Spain, a M.Sc. in Information Technology from the University of Stuttgart, Germany and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
51:03
April 21, 2021
#118 - Giancarlo Sessa // Blade Filters
Giancarlo Sessa, 23 year old serial entrepeneur, co-founder of Blade Filters. As leaders in the air filtration industry, Blade Filters has not only created the world’s first zero-waste carbon filter, for odour control in the cannabis industry, but they are also helping schools and businesses reopen safely with their HEPA air purifiers!
53:47
April 21, 2021
#117 - Stefan Suppa // Mannr
Mannr is a personal shopping and delivery service for men based in Toronto. We help men look their best, effortlessly.
51:02
April 21, 2021
#116 - Andrew Goldner // GrowthX
GrowthX is a venture capital fund run by operators with extensive go-to-market experience. We invest at the seed stage in B2B SaaS and marketplace opportunities founded by diverse teams who recognize the need and want help finding product-market fit. Being helpful is our primary form of due diligence. Our portfolio founders have access to our Market Acceleration Program, our private accelerator focused on everything you need to go to market, engage with your customers and win revenue.
01:05:07
April 21, 2021
#115 - Andy Obie O'Brien
With over two decades of experience in the business world, Andrew boasts 4 companies that he has helped grow and sell. As a globally respected executive, he has worked with companies and government bodies at the highest level from NASA, USDA, McDonald’s, VISA, Etihad Airways, and many more. While working as a Partner and Chief Revenue Officer at Buytopia, the company was a 3 time ‘Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year’ finalist, was ranked #3 on Profit Guides' fastest-growing companies in Canada, and won a Toronto Board of Trade Award.
01:01:58
April 21, 2021
#114 - Balaji Gopalan // Medstack
Balaji Gopalan is the Co-Founder and CEO at MedStack, an-out-of-the-box privacy compliance solution for digital health companies. Prior to that, he launched BlackBerry's BBM service globally and led platform strategy at D2L, Nymi and EventMobi. Balaji is an expert in product management and software platform ecosystem design, and a well-respected startup educator, advisor and mentor. He is an advocate for the role of ecosystems in industry transformation and in tackling tough problems like improving healthcare.
01:02:25
April 21, 2021
#113 - Suresh Sriskandarajah // Suresh Law
Suresh Sriskandarajah is a startup lawyer at Suresh Law with a background in engineering and entrepreneurship. Over the course of his professional career, Suresh has held executive roles with various organizations, launched three ventures and mentored dozens of startups. He has also worked for leading companies such as Amazon, Microsoft and BlackBerry. Suresh has earned four prestigious degrees: Juris Doctor (JD) from Osgoode Hall Law School, Strategic Management (MBA) from Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, Electrical Engineering (BASc) and Liberal Studies (BA) from the University of Waterloo.
01:01:45
April 21, 2021
#112 - Anatolii Shkliaruk // Paqt
Anatolii Shkliaruk from Paqt is the CEO and Co-Founder of Paqt. He is responsible for most of the operations, fundraising and sales. Prior to founding Paqt, Anatolii has worked in AML & Compliance at BMO and founded another successful startup Quick-Fix – the first on-demand iPhone repair service in Ukraine. He also has participated as a Secretary-General and part of the organizing team in the 5th Anniversary Kyiv International Model United Nations – a massive diplomatic simulation event for students held on premises of the Parliament of Ukraine.
53:44
April 20, 2021
#111 - William Lechuga
A technology entrepreneur and accidental educator. William enjoys sharing his startup experience, the good, the bad and the ugly with other entrepreneurs. Currently in Yukon, his goal is to contribute to the creation of a technology industry for the territory.
01:09:56
April 20, 2021
#110 - Rachel McGonigle, Madeleine Gottesman // Penfield.AI
Penfield.AI is the first real-time quantification of cyber security analyst skill-sets, enabling complex decision making for rapid insightful Incident Resolution in Security Operation Centres.
55:10
April 20, 2021
#109 - Kathryn Lockhart // Propel
Kathryn is in the business of raising Baby Unicorns in Atlantic Canada and beyond. With Propel's virtual accelerator, they are focused on quality and producing founders (through dedicated coaching and world-class content) who are earning revenue that matters and are poised for significant growth. From Harvard Business School, to startups in Germany and finally back to her roots in New Brunswick, her background sets her up to steer Propel into the future.
50:42
April 20, 2021
#108 - Mohsen Omrani // OPTT Inc.
Mohsen Omrani is the CEO and co-founder of OPTT, the Online PsychoTherapy Tool. Mohsen received his MD from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and his PhD in neuroscience from Queen's University. Through his graduate and post-graduate studies, he has been awarded multiple prestigious scholarships and fellowships by the Canadian government including Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. He is curious about how the brain works, how it fails to, and how we can fix it, and his goal is to utilize his wide-ranging expertise in medicine, neurology, and consumer electronics and applications to design tools for improving mental and brain health through society.
01:01:30
April 20, 2021
#107 - Mohit Rajhans // Think Start
Award winning Content and Media Consultant Author of Rethinking Your Content, reaching number #1 on Amazon.ca. New Audible production How to Find Growth Beyond Your Personal Brand.  Co-Founder Dadspotting.com, Thinkstart.ca, MohitsMovies.com, Founding Member Toronto Bloggers Collective, IEmmy Juror.   Fun Fact : I've also interviewed over 100 people in my career from Bollywood starts to Prime Ministers to Oscar Winners.
01:01:18
April 20, 2021
#106 - Cameron Russelle // The Above Club
For high performers, by high performers. Above Club helps humans realize the full potential of both mind and body. They are bringing you health products that are simple to use, easy to integrate into your life, and backed by real results. Starting with arguably the most underserved area of the human experience in today's modern living, Above Club has created a product line of red light therapy devices called the Apollo series. Starting at just $199 Above Club makes it's easy to jump into light therapy and reap the benefits of red and near-infrared light to give entrepreneurs truly an unfair advantage in their industries. The future of health optimization is here.
01:08:43
April 20, 2021
#105 - Mayu Ganesathas // SV Robotics Academy
Mayu Ganesathas is the Co-Founder of SV Robotics, an Online Coding & Robotics Academy for ages 8-18. Mayu has had a fair share of experiences in engineering from building Robotic Tea Kiosks (teaBOT) to working with endangered polar bears in Northern Ontario!
01:18:00
April 20, 2021
#104 - Mick Be // IamI
Mick Be is the CEO & Founder of IAmI Authentications, Inc. (“IAmI”), an Identity & Access Management cybersecurity company. Mick began his entrepreneurial journey after having worked for the financial services and card payment industries across N. America. Since beginning his first company, he has pivoted twice and now leads a highly innovative cybersecurity company, which has reinvented authentication and identity services for both enterprise and customer levels. He continues to be front and center at the crossroads of advancing technologies and user experiences, with a particular focus on privacy and security.
01:03:34
April 20, 2021
#103 - Stephen Wilson // Foresight
Stephen Wilson has the pleasure to work with an amazing team of colleagues, executives in residence and mentors at Foresight to accelerate the adoption of cleantech. This is both the challenge, and the opportunity, that will define our generation and impact our economy for decades to come.
01:09:28
April 20, 2021
#102 - Samir Al-Battran // Tweepsmap
Entrepreneur and software developer, over the years Samir has worked in a variety of industries and technologies ranging from mobile apps and web systems to shrink wrapped software products. Also worked on a range of medical imaging systems including the world’s leading ophthalmology and PACS systems and the most advanced zero foot-print medical imaging viewer. He also built market research visualization, intranet, e-commerce and knowledge management systems.   Samir is the founder of Tweepsmap, a social media analytics and management platform. Prior to Tweepsmap, he co-founded RentCompass, a mobile first service for finding homes for rent.
01:04:14
April 20, 2021
#101 - Corey Yantha // Dispension Industries Inc.
Corey completed his studies at Mount Allison University and worked as a consultant to clean tech companies, in the Caribbean, Middle East and Asia in the areas of solar PV, LED lighting, advanced filtration and energy efficiency. Corey is a driven and detail-oriented business strategist with significant exposure to international and domestic markets.
01:02:48
April 20, 2021
#100 - Gray Graffam // The Hub
Affecting radical change. Innovation is never planned, it is discovered, and never with just a whimper of insight, but with a profound revealing that leads to a passion of commitment.  When leading an innovation centre like The Hub at UTSC, it is about constant, shifting discovery and rapid movement to seize the moment, applying the best talent available to meet a range of hurdles and dynamic challenges.
02:28:01
April 20, 2021
#099 - Jimmy Feng // Phyxable
Dr. Jim Feng is a mission-driven serial entrepreneur. In 2009, Dr. Feng founded Form & Function: Health which has transformed into one of the first truly integrated health models. Not only does Form & function host a repertoire of integrated health care services, it also created a business model that has been paying high dividends to its investors and franchisees year after year. This insight into healthcare and his love for technology-based companies has incubated several start-ups in disruptive healthcare technologies, content aggregation and real-time language translation. Seeing pain points in the physical injury and insurance industry, Dr. Feng has recently founded Phyxable Inc. Phyxable is an end-to-end virtual pain and prevention platform that uses machine learning, augmented reality and gamification to coach people out of pain, while empowering them with better human performance. Alongside his Chiropractic degree, Dr. Feng is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and Medical Acupuncturist, and has directed medical teams for world championships, professional and Olympic Level sporting events in the MMA and Wrestling. On a personal level, Dr. Feng enjoys high-performance individual sports, extreme adventures, diving deep into health-tech & lifespan solutions, Aquascaping, and giving back to what matters.
35:43
April 20, 2021
#098 - Brian Bachand // Evolution Evolution
Joining me today is Brian G. Bachand – a man who is living proof that life is an evolution. His own journey from being a priest to then an executive in New York City, Partner in executive search and now founder of his own company, evolution evolution. His expertise is helping professional leaders and organizations evolve to be courageous and intentional as a Leadership Coach, Evolved Recruitment and Inspirational Speaker. He is based out of Toronto and is proud to be both an American and Canadian citizen. Finally, Brian believes when we ask the question, “What do I desire?” – the truth will intuitively lead us forward.
54:38
April 20, 2021
#097 - John David Chibuk // Blueberry
Building teams and products to shape the future.  Repeat wearable technology co-founder bringing to market bio-sensing to improve mental well-being.  Combining insights from the mind, body and world. Graduate from UW.
01:00:59
April 20, 2021
#096 - Fazal Mahmood // Phaseshift Technologies
Fazal is the co-founder and CEO at Phaseshift Technologies – a Toronto based startup aimed at developing novel and high-performance alloys using Artificial Intelligence and Computational Chemistry simulations to model material properties. Fazal is a first-gen immigrant from India and moved to Canada in 2014 to obtain a degree in Physics from the University of Toronto, where he met his two other co-founders who are currently PhD students in Materials Science. After graduating in 2018, and with the support of Creative Destruction Lab at the Rotman School of Management, Fazal co-founded Phaseshift in 2019.
01:06:58
April 20, 2021
#095 - Erich Ko, Boyd Reid, Erwin Komguem // Hop In Technologies
Erich is a former athlete whose background stretches from public sector PR all the way to fintech. He is a Next36 Alumnus with a passion for helping young entrepreneurs. Erich has a BComm in Law & Business from the Ted Rogers School of Management with a Bilingual Certificate in French.   Boyd is the Co-founder & COO of Hop In. He attended James Madison University in the US on a full soccer scholarship and graduated with a BSc in Communications & a minor in French Studies. He has worked for Elections Canada and was previously the sales team lead with Incredible Novelties. Boyd is a member of the Black Professionals in Tech Network, the Brampton Board of Trade, the Northumberland Manufacturers Association, DMZ Black Innovation Fellowship, and is an advisor with Lupus Ontario.
59:17
April 20, 2021
#094 - Marko Semcesen // LocalStudent
Marko is the Co-Founder of LocalStudent, a platform that connects homeowners who need services done, with a student nearby. In the past year, Marko and his team of 5 have provided 220 students with work that finally meets their needs, enabling them to choose their own schedule, be their own boss, and earn far better pay than they would at standard minimum wage jobs. They have completed over 1400 jobs for hundreds of customers and are now starting to expand to major cities all across Canada.
01:03:06
April 20, 2021
#093 - Matthew Hueman // Neuvote
What started out as a passion for covering conflict zones as a journalist, Matthew transitioned into election technology with a voters assistance application for the 2015 Canadian Federal Election. That experience led to Neuvote which has developed the worlds first hybrid mobile voting system which aims to utilize technology in new ways to solve real social challenges.
01:14:05
April 20, 2021
#092 - Prasad Rao // Infield Solutions
inField Solutions is driving Smart City solutions with practical products and services designed for all types of organizations with field resources to standardize how they work and maximize the visibility of their people, assets, vehicles, and equipment.
01:04:29
April 20, 2021
#091 - Alex Elanko // Leyton
Leyton has helped globally over +24,000 clients including household names like Ubisoft, Bombardier, Airbus but also 50+% of Small and Mid-Size businesses. Curious and driven by his passion to catalyze innovation with more emphasis on startups/SMB space, Alex, alongside Leyton’s leadership, has helped grow the Toronto office from 3 to 35+ staff in 18 month. This was possible thanks to a unique value proposition around the SR&ED, enabling Leyton Toronto to be entrusted an average of 40 new clients per month.
01:03:47
April 20, 2021
#090 - Naren Balakrishnan // Grant Thornton LLP
As a Principal in Grant Thornton’s R&D and Government Incentives Practice, Naren assists tech startups in a number of areas relating to Government Funding and SR&ED tax credits including: determination of eligible expenditures, preparation of technical reports, review of documentation, incorporating best practices to maximize claim size, strategizing on how best to structure operations and handling potential CRA matters including audit defense.
01:04:00
April 20, 2021
#089 - Tanya Sardana // Flyshot
Founder/CEO of Flyshot. Privacy-friendly mobile monetization solution. Previously a VC analyst, growth marketer at L'Oreal, and founder (exited).
01:00:22
April 20, 2021
#088 - Joseph Fung // Uvaro & Kiite
A repeat founder with multiple successful exits, Joseph is the CEO & Founder of Uvaro, the fastest growing tech sales bootcamp in North America. He's the host of The Seller's Journey Podcast, an active angel investor, and sits on multiple boards.
59:25
April 20, 2021
#087 - Francois Gouelo // Enso Connect Inc
Enso Connect is a home management software that leverages smart home devices and AI communication tools to automate every single step of the short term rental booking process. After having raised our pre-seed round during the pandemic, we've focused our efforts on our communication tools to help property managers lower their operational costs all while maintaining their inventory of homes, boutique hotels, and other vacation rental accommodations.
58:53
April 20, 2021
#086 - Travis Ratnam // Knowledgehook
Travis Ratnam is the CEO and co-founder of Knowledgehook and a winner of BNN's Top Disruptors. He is an electrical engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo and a former program manager from Microsoft.   Kitchener-Waterloo-based Knowledgehook, which has developed an artificial intelligence-based EdTech platform aimed to improve math education in school districts, has raised a $20 million Series A round of financing. The round was led by a London-based EdTech investment fund with participation from Mesoamerica’s Alexandria Corp., Nelson Education, Ideal Ventures, and Nicoya Ventures. This latest round of financing follows Knowledgehook’s seed round that included John Abele’s North Point Ventures.   Knowledgehook is an Instructional Guidance System (IGS) designed to professionally develop the highly-skilled math teachers who are necessary to improve student achievement. Their proprietary technology can uncover insights about every student’s learning needs from assessment data and then recommend expert-designed teaching activities to guide each teacher.
03:30:12
April 20, 2021
#085 - Arda Erturk // #HACKINGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19 is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality. The Global COVID-19 Innovation Challenge by Startup Fuel is on a search for startups, researchers & entrepreneurs that have ventures in preventing, treating or solving the impacts of Coronavirus.
58:25
April 20, 2021
#084 - Gokul Shrinivas // #HACKINGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19 is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality. The Global COVID-19 Innovation Challenge by Startup Fuel is on a search for startups, researchers & entrepreneurs that have ventures in preventing, treating or solving the impacts of Coronavirus.
39:34
April 20, 2021
#083 - John wesley Manasseh // #HACKINGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19 is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality. The Global COVID-19 Innovation Challenge by Startup Fuel is on a search for startups, researchers & entrepreneurs that have ventures in preventing, treating or solving the impacts of Coronavirus.
52:14
April 20, 2021
#082 - Kenneth Paulus // #HACKINGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19 is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality. The Global COVID-19 Innovation Challenge by Startup Fuel is on a search for startups, researchers & entrepreneurs that have ventures in preventing, treating or solving the impacts of Coronavirus.
52:15
April 20, 2021
#081 - Gautham Pasupuleti // #HACKINGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19 is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality. The Global COVID-19 Innovation Challenge by Startup Fuel is on a search for startups, researchers & entrepreneurs that have ventures in preventing, treating or solving the impacts of Coronavirus.
43:54
April 20, 2021
#080 - Alex Sulkin // #HACKNGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19 is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality. The Global COVID-19 Innovation Challenge by Startup Fuel is on a search for startups, researchers & entrepreneurs that have ventures in preventing, treating or solving the impacts of Coronavirus.
38:53
April 20, 2021
#079 - Marcus Gaughan // #HACKNGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19 is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality. The Global COVID-19 Innovation Challenge by Startup Fuel is on a search for startups, researchers & entrepreneurs that have ventures in preventing, treating or solving the impacts of Coronavirus.
54:32
April 20, 2021
#078 - Brian G. Bachand // #HACKINGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19 is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
52:34
April 20, 2021
#077 - Vertika Tiwary // #HACKINGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19 is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
57:42
April 20, 2021
#076 - Kanchan Kumar // #HACKINGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19 is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
46:12
April 20, 2021
#075 - BLUMEx 75th Episode // #HACKINGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19 is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
01:28:49
April 20, 2021
#074 - Maggie Bergeron // #HACKINGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19 is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
55:36
April 20, 2021
#073 - François Bourdeau // #HACKINGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19 is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
58:21
April 20, 2021
#072 - Jeff Riseley // #HACKINGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19 is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
53:54
April 20, 2021
#071 - Andrew Safranko // #HACKINGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19 is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
01:02:50
April 20, 2021
#070 - Alexander Jivov // #HACKINGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19 is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
01:00:20
April 20, 2021
#069 - Michael Ye // #HACKINGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19 is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
01:04:56
April 20, 2021
#068 - Archit Gupta // #HACKINGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19 is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
35:44
April 20, 2021
#067 - Mark Raju Mauleesan // #HACKINGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19 is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
47:01
April 20, 2021
#066 - Muneeb Mushtaq // #HACKINGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19 is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
45:00
April 20, 2021
#065​ - Roberto Casoli // #HACKINGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19​ is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
40:42
April 20, 2021
#064​ - Jennifer Wilson // #HACKINGCOVID19​
#HackingCovid19​ is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
57:41
April 20, 2021
#063​ - Tim Alison // #HACKINGCOVID19​
#HackingCovid19​ is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
52:58
April 20, 2021
#062​ - Faisal Abid // #HACKINGCOVID19​
#HackingCovid19​ is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
44:13
April 20, 2021
#061​ - Sugeevan Shanmuganathan // #HACKINGCOVID19​
#HackingCovid19​ is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
52:53
April 20, 2021
#060​ - Zavosh Zaboliyan // #HACKINGCOVID19​
#HackingCovid19​ is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
55:14
April 20, 2021
#059​ - David Murray-Hundley // #HACKINGCOVID19​
#HackingCovid19​ is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
59:28
April 20, 2021
#058​ - covid19to.com // #HACKINGCOVID19​
#HackingCovid19​ is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
59:54
April 20, 2021
#057​ - Muraly Srinarayanathas // #HACKINGCOVID19​
#HackingCovid19​ is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
44:37
April 20, 2021
#056​ - Sathish Bala // #HACKINGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19​ is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
53:11
April 20, 2021
#055​ - Josh Kanakaratnam // #HACKINGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19​ is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
58:21
April 20, 2021
#054​ - Francois Gouelo // #HACKINGCOVID19
#HackingCovid19​ is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
47:15
April 20, 2021
#053​ - Ashley Martis // #HACKINGCOVID19​
#HackingCovid19​ is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
31:17
April 20, 2021
#052​ - Axel Villamil // #HACKINGCOVID19​
#HackingCovid19​ is about bringing together a global community committed to fight the disruptions of our current reality.
51:01
April 19, 2021
#050​ - Alex Cavanagh // BLUMEx
If you're a founder, investor, or a professional who works with startups we'd love to have you on to talk about your experiences and your thoughts about the innovation economy.
01:04:52
April 19, 2021
#048​ - Najeeb Khan // Council.Club
Najeeb Khan is the founder of Council.Club, a curated community of remote leaders. As the best selling author of the business innovation book Fluid, he was also named the Top 45 Emerging Innovators and his work was seen on Forbes, TEDx, Huffington Post and more. Previously he started an eCommerce company, which was acquired in 2019, and was formerly an architect.
56:31
April 19, 2021
#047​ - Naveeni A Philip // NAVZ-47
NAVZ-47 is first and foremost a musician. A vocalist, rapper, lyricist & composer who is part of Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in Canada. Having lived in Colombo, Montreal & now a resident of the vibrant city of Toronto, Navz is able to transition seamlessly between Tamil, French & English. Navz uses the power of music to communicate and resonate with her audience. Culture, language & authenticity emanate from her style of music to connect with a broad audience. Her music has reached across the world and has been recognized by many celebrities. Her goal is to create thought provoking lyrics and to raise social awareness among young adults. NAVZ-47 is breaking gender stereotypes and nurturing ties with communities through her powerful words and new generation rap music.
01:03:38
April 19, 2021
#046​ - Mick Be // IamI
Mick Be is the CEO & Founder of IAmI Authentications, Inc. (“IAmI”), an Identity & Access Management cybersecurity company. Mick began his entrepreneurial journey after having worked for the financial services and card payment industries across N. America. Since beginning his first company, he has pivoted twice and now leads a highly innovative cybersecurity company, which has reinvented authentication and identity services for both enterprise and customer levels. He continues to be front and center at the crossroads of advancing technologies and user experiences, with a particular focus on privacy and security.
01:01:26
April 19, 2021
#045​ - Archit Gupta // Archsys
Stallion Archisys, a company based out of India, establishing roots and relationships in Canada. Archisys provides software development services and dedicated developers for hire to companies that aim to innovate, accelerate and dominate. Choose us today for all your development needs to make sure high-quality code, constant communication and much more.
01:03:07
April 19, 2021
#043​ - Harman Grewal // VentureLab
Harman is a creative changemaker that has an unwavering commitment to championing communities around arts, culture and innovation. Upon graduation from Western University, he volunteered his time delivering workshops to high school and elementary school students on the power of creativity in Nepal. Upon arriving back home, he co-founded Brampton's first co-working space and startup incubator for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs. Currently, Harman works with the visionary team at ventureLAB to grow globally competitive tech titans that build to scale in Canada.
01:02:21
April 19, 2021
#042​ - Hamza Khan // Student Life Network
Hamza Khan is a multi-award winning marketer, best-selling author, and global keynote speaker. He is a top-rated educator, serial entrepreneur, and respected thought leader whose insights have been featured by notable media outlets such as VICE, Business Insider, and The Globe and Mail. Hamza dedicatedly supports youth and early talent through his work as Managing Director of Student Life Network, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive educational resource hub, which currently serves over 2.7 million students. From TEDx stages and international conferences to MBA classrooms and Fortune 500 boardrooms, Hamza gets invited regularly to deliver keynotes and workshops around the world. In 2017, he self-published his first book, The Burnout Gamble, which instantly became a bestseller.
01:04:35
April 19, 2021
#041​ - Dushan Tharmal // Knowledgehook
Dushan is a VP at Knowledgehook, a fast growing Ed Tech out of Toronto. He is also a Board Member with Aravanai, a not-for-profit focused on the empowerment of Sri Lankans by encouraging and enabling entrepreneurship and education in technology fluency.
01:01:29
April 19, 2021
#040​ - Sathish Bala // Bala Group
In 2019, I started Bala Group Inc. as an incubator for early-stage startups led by new immigrants, minorities and females entrepreneurs. I wanted to build an inspiring space that offered growth support to help beat the odds.I have been on the speakers' path for the past 2 years and I enjoy speaking on topics including, entrepreneurship, scaling companies, building innovation, finding motivation and mental health for entrepreneurs.
59:39
April 19, 2021
#039​ - Karen Wong // TAKU Retail
Karen Wong is a business strategist and thought-leader on marketing, operations innovation and multi-channel growth. An avid entrepreneur, Karen has 14+ years of experience running ventures in Canada and East Asia. As a founder of both ACE POS Solutions Ltd. and TakuLabs Ltd., her passion is developing technology to drive retail growth. Her companies currently work with more than 6,000 retailers in North America and are building out next generation POS solutions to allow merchants to truly leverage data from every channel to grow their businesses.
57:58
April 19, 2021
#038​ - Shawn Finder // Autoklose
Shawn Finder has always been an entrepreneur at heart. At age 24, Shawn entered the entrepreneurial world after competing as one of Canada's top-ranked tennis players. He started out importing packaging from the Orient and selling to top retailers in North America. However, knowing he always loved selling and list building, he founded ExchangeLeads in 2013 which helps his company build quality lists for outreaching new prospects. This was followed by his new venture Autoklose in 2017 that combines both sales engagement and list building all-in-one platform.
01:04:12
April 19, 2021
#037​ - Nafis Ahmed // Legal Innovation Zone
Nafis Ahmed is the Startup Experience Coordinator at the Legal Innovation Zone at Ryerson University. Nafis graduated from Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of Management, where he majored in Business Technology Management and minored in Human Resources Management. Nafis facilitates Legal Innovation Zone’s community of startups in various stages of their development. Additionally, he oversees the daily internal operations and special projects at the LIZ. He is deeply involved in entrepreneurship and social innovation initiatives through his volunteer activities in the city, and is passionate about supporting individuals pursue their entrepreneurial aspirations.
01:00:20
April 19, 2021
#036​ - Mohamad Fakih // Paramount Fine Foods
In 2006, Dr. Mohamad Fakih, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, purchased a nearly bankrupt restaurant and transformed it into, what is now known as the fastest growing Middle Eastern Halal restaurant chain in North America – Paramount Fine Foods. Mohamad’s determination to change perceptions surrounding Middle Eastern food has driven Paramount’s brand success across Canada and Internationally as well as advancing the global Middle Eastern food trend.   A community leader, Dr. Fakih regularly participates in fundraisers and community events, supporting multiple causes and organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society, Islamic Relief worldwide, Sick Kids Hospital, the Make a Wish Foundation in Toronto and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in Canada. Both Paramount and Mohamad have donated generously to these charities and other non-profit organizations. Across his restaurants Mohamad offers discounts to all Emergency Service Workers in uniform to show appreciation for their service in our communities.
01:19:30
April 19, 2021
#035​ - Amanda Cosco // Electric Runway
One part geek and the other part chic, Amanda Cosco is a leading voice at the intersection of fashion and technology.    Amanda’s reporting on digital culture, wearable technology, smart fashion, and spatial computing has been published by WWD, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, AdWeek, and more. She has also made several TV and radio appearances, including on CBC’s Radio Canada and TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin.    Amanda is host and producer of the Electric Runway podcast, a podcast series in which she interviews the makers and shakers transforming apparel, retail, and manufacturing. The podcast was featured in Apple’s “New & Noteworthy” section on iTunes and has since been recognized by Elle Magazine as a top fashion podcast.
01:01:45
April 19, 2021
#034​ - Mohan Markandaier // Good News Ventures
Mohan Markandaier is a serial entrepreneur with multiple successful exits. He co-founded his first company Pulse Voice in the Telecom space in1996 which was later acquired by a publicly traded company in 2009.   Currently, as the Managing Partner at Good News Ventures, Mohan is actively involved in providing capital and mentorship to early stage companies in the high growth technology space. He also serves on the Board of Directors for York Angel Investors. Mohan graduated from University of Toronto with a degree in Engineering.
01:00:03
April 19, 2021
#033​ - Cameron Russelle // Trufan
This 22-year old was the first hire at the fast-moving Toronto start-up, Trufan. Titled Business Development Manager, Cameron Russelle is a key player within the company with his hand on a bit of everything. From their online marketing to customer success for enterprise companies like Netflix, VaynerMedia, PUMA, and Samsung US. Prior to joining Trufan, Cam took to entrepreneurship early on by generating multiple 6-figures in revenue by selling his services door-to-door, From running a painting business in his hometown Peterborough to selling pest control out in Vancouver. Through this, Cam has always prioritized his health and fitness which he's translated into his side hustle, Leveraged Living. A health performance company helping entrepreneurs overcome burnout and take their business to new levels by mastering their health, sleep, and environment. He's credited much of his early success and experience to moving quickly, being open-minded, and not listening to outside judgement.
01:04:12
April 19, 2021
#032​ - Manjula Selvarajah // CBC
Manjula Selvarajah is a Toronto-based journalist, a technology columnist with segments airing on CBC Radio's 20+ radio stations across the country and a guest host on CBC's Ontario weekend show. She is a frequent emcee and moderator, with repeat speaking appearances at Elevate, Collision and #MovetheDial​. In her former role, she was Vice President of Marketing at Eloqua, and holds an Engineering degree from Queen’s University.  She is an avid community volunteer and co-founder of the non-profit Tamil Women Rising. She loves talking about current affairs, technology, books, the Tamil diaspora, marketing strategy and entrepreneurship.
01:01:44
April 19, 2021
#031​ - Muraly Srinarayanathas // Computek College & Comduit
Muraly Srinarayanathas is an entrepreneur, educator, and changemaker who is fully committed to the process of composing his life's symphony – as a son, husband, and father thanks to The Maestro Mindset™ that he has created. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Computek College, a leading private career college that has been providing newcomer students in the Greater Toronto Area with practical education for nearly 30 years in order to transition into the Canadian labour market.
01:00:11
April 19, 2021
#030​ - Ari Laniado // Colliers
Ari Laniado serves on the leadership of Colliers International’s Tech Advisory Services where he advises the Canadian tech sector on their workspace. Ari works closely with ventures to navigate the challenges of aligning workspace to the unique requirements of tech companies, creating strategies that are optimized to growth, operations, and talent attraction. Ari’s passion for innovation stemmed from his experience working with startups across Canada and Israel.
47:19
April 19, 2021
#029​ - James Borst // 3D City Scapes
James Borst brings with him over 20 years of experience in marketing, software development and sales, graphic design, website development and management. He grew up in a small city in Washington State and from early age was fascinated and intrigued by computers and software. At the age of 12 years old he began programming and continued developing his software and computer skills all the way through college. Today he is the co-founder and COO of 3D City Scapes, which creates cutting edge 3D interactive software for showcasing new property developments and whole cities. James is also a music composer and musician and has been part of a charitable organization since 2002 which he is very active in.
58:04
April 19, 2021
#028​ - Emily O’Brien // Cons and Kernels
Unsuccessful drug mule. Federal prison survivor. Advocate for second chances and founder of Cons and Kernels.    A former inmate at Kitchener's federal prison, Emily is using a new business as a platform to talk about how easy it is for women to get dragged into the illegal drug trade. Emily O'Brien landed in Grand Valley Institution for Women early in 2018 after she and her partner were caught bringing drugs into the country.    Popcorn so good, it's criminal.    We broke the law, but we fix good snacks!  We blend unique ingredients to make compellingly delicious recipes that offer a fresh take on gourmet popcorn, made with conviction.  From outlaws to outreach, spreading the truth one kernel at a time!   Cons & Kernels believes in second chances, and will provide reintegration opportunities and educate the public through a variety of fun and educational awareness campaigns.
54:06
April 19, 2021
#027​ - Serena Mandla // Quthero
Serena graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master’s degree in Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. Her research focuses on biomaterials for immune system activation and wound healing.   Together with her professor, she is commercializing the biomaterial as part of a new start up company, Quthero. The company takes inspiration from nature, and is trying to change how we heal wounds with their wound gel, which accelerates healing and reduces scarring.   Quthero is committed to disrupting the ways we treat wounds today – from passive ‘dressing’ of wounds to active, rapid, healthy wound management.    They have developed novel, effective and safe treatments for all types of wounds including wounds from cosmetic procedures, surgical wounds, burns, and chronic ulcers to effectively manage wounds and reduce complications and risks associated with slow healing (infection, pain, amputation and mortality).   Quthero’s patented platform technology enables full epithelial restoration, helping to close wounds quickly and with minimal scarring.  Their novel wound management gel treats wounds in a potent, paradigm-shifting way with only a single application. This has been demonstrated in multiple pre-clinical animal models and human skin, where Quthero-treated wounds healed with minimal scarring and 60-200% faster than the wounds treated with currently marketed products.   Quthero’s platform technology effectively manages wounds in tissues other than skin as validated in cardiovascular, endothelial, cutaneous tissue, osteoblasts and hiPSC and published in 9 peer-reviewed articles.
01:03:57
April 19, 2021
#026​ - Stephaine Florio // Swob
Swob™ was designed to make job searching for students easy and recruitment even easier. Through the use of technology, students looking for a job can now search in the comfort of their own phone.    Swob is the first of its kind to target students in high turnover industries such as retail, and food services for part-time, seasonal and full-time employment. With Swob, employers are able to experience the benefits of securely filtering through the best possible candidates, safely and efficiently.
55:57
April 19, 2021
#025​ - Henry Yu // BLUMEx
If you're a founder, investor, or a professional who works with startups we'd love to have you on to talk about your experiences and your thoughts about the innovation economy.
01:03:19
April 19, 2021
#024​ - Jennifer Wilson // DAREarts
Jennifer Wilson is the President & CEO of DAREarts, a non-profit organization that provides leadership development opportunities through arts-based education to children and youth in under-served communities across Canada. Jennifer has 15 years experience in the non-profit sector in Executive Director and Director capacities. Under her leadership, organizations have significantly grown funding and programs, in addition to securing a four-star Charity Intelligence rating. She is a dynamic leader with a strategic mindset and strong sectoral competency. Jennifer has committed her career to organizations that support marginalized communities. Deeply passionate about leadership development for children and youth facing barriers, Jennifer has a clear vision for DAREarts’ future that is rooted in continuity and comprehensive service for children and youth most in need of a turning point in their life. At DAREarts, we provide children and youth from under-served communities with the opportunity for a turning point. Specifically focused on working with young people who are facing significant challenges to reaching their full potential, our programs serve as a critical intervention point for young people - giving them the chance to hit the reset button in a supportive, accessible and skills-focused environment. Through exploring and creating with the arts, students develop their own unique voice, share and connect with their peers and build their capacity to create positive change in their lives and in their communities. Since 1995, we've helped over 20,000 young people find their inner leader and we're just getting started. With partnerships with over 50 schools coast to coast and programs designed to support young people from early learning to high school graduation, we are committed to making sure under-served youth across Canada have the support they need to thrive.
54:52
April 19, 2021
#023​ - Sunjit Khamba // Jelly Social
Sunjit Khamba holds both B.Eng and MBA degrees. He brings 10 years of experience in strategic development, and 5 years of experience in stakeholder / community engagement. He has developed a particular focus over the past several years on non-profit organizations, and regularly takes on consulting contracts for organizations requiring his services. He specializes in developing strategies that help non-profits uncover new revenue-generating strategies, while maximizing social impact. Sunjit is also a certified Human-Centred Design practitioner and facilitator, which transfers over quite well in his work with Jelly Social. JELLY is a community of over 3500 GTA entrepreneurs working together to help each other succeed. Our mission is to make the GTA the best place to start and grow a business. We want to make sure that any entrepreneur in need of help with their business can tap into the JELLY community and get the exact support they need to succeed. Want to join the JELLY community? We invite you to attend our next monthly community events in Mississauga or Toronto.
01:06:45
April 19, 2021
#022​ - Jeffery Potvin // OPN
Jeffery Potvin, an angel investor in multiple regions; York Angels, Spark & GTAN Angels, Screening Committee Member and the Driving force behind Open People Network(OPN)! OPN is a group of angel investors helping accelerate the growth of early stage startups through Virtual Accelerator, The Supporters Fund and Pitchit Series. Invested in 40+ companies, Jeffery is a lifelong entrepreneur with a proven track record of building companies and reinventing existing businesses. Working with a list of great startups to enterprise clients over the years. Jeffery is a mentor and a professor at Seneca college.
01:07:45
April 19, 2021
#021 - Nicholas Fisher // Tap Menu
Nicholas Fisher is a web developer and the founder of an app called Tap Menu. This app allows customers to order with their phones while in a restaurant, see more details about the food they wish to order, and pay their bill through their phone. He's also a fan of all things tech and is optimistic that the gains in technology will continue to empower society even if there are some nefarious side effects in automation and the gig economy. He attributes his ability to make a well crafted and feature packed app in a relatively short period of time to the amazing assortment of modern web development technologies available to web developers.
01:04:11
February 26, 2021
#020 - Maria Wells // Startups, Tech & Marketing
The opinions expressed in this podcast are the guest's own and do not reflect the view of the Business Development Bank of Canada or the government of Canadian. Maria has extensive experience in commercial banking with a passion for tech based businesses. Intuitive and naturally drawn to fast paced environments, Maria has always gravitated towards working with entrepreneurs. Her understanding of tech companies and strong lending background serve her and clients well in her role as a Senior Business Development Manager at BDC.. The BDC is Canada’s business development bank and the only financial institution devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. Their mission is to help create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, consulting services and securitization, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises. Through our subsidiary—BDC Capital, we also offer a full spectrum of specialized financing, including venture capital, equity as well as growth and business transition capital. BDC is Canada’s first B Corp bank. B Corps are certified Beneficial companies. Their purpose is to create value for society as well as money. They meet high standards of transparency and accountability, and create positive social and environmental benefit. Learn more at www.bcorporation.net.
01:03:33
February 25, 2021
#019 - Johnny Yang // Silver Talks
Johnny Yang, the host of the YouTube channel Silver Talks. He is a full time day trader and real estate investor. Johnny's goal is to educate people on how they can achieve financial freedom through trading or other means of investing.  As an individual who has retired at the age of 26, he share tips and secrets that he used to achieve success on stock markets and business ventures. If you're tired of working for someone and want to build your path to financial freedom, or if you are already an investor that is struggling to make consistent profits. Make sure to subscribe to the Silver Talks channel.
01:00:36
February 24, 2021
#018 - Andres Moreno // Oply
Andres's passion for tech, business and fitness compelled him to start Gym Ting, a fitness app that aims to help everyone reach their fitness goals. He uses his experience being the CTO of an award winning app and a Techstars alumni to help other startups get started. The rare times he's not working on his startup, you'll find him at the gym or playing games. Oply helps startups get started. Their talented team is entirely based in Toronto, meaning all projects are made in-house and are never outsourced to any other teams. You can rest assured knowing that even after they complete your project it will be taken care of it for 30 days, absolutely free.
01:02:13
February 23, 2021
#017 - Nima Tahami // ShiftRide
Nima Tahami is the Founder of ShiftRide, an app that allows people to rent out cars from other people in the area, by the hour or by the day. He's worked on a few startups in the past while in school but decided to pursue ShiftRide full time out of having a personal need for the solution. Nima's background is in tech and UI/UX design and he's developed a number of games and apps on the app store generating tens of thousands of downloads before starting ShiftRide. ShiftRide is an on-demand mobility platform, allowing people to get access to cars nearby. Users can book a car owned by others in their community, whether they need to grab food, run an errand, or go out with friends. Car owners in the community list their car on ShiftRide to earn money and begin sharing when they're not using their car. Users simply sign up with their driver's license, get verified, and pick a car that suits their needs. Users get charged based on how much they used the car, once they're done with their booking. ShiftRide provides insurance, gas, and 24/7 support to ensure that you can safely and easily drive throughout your booking. ShiftRide is currently operational in Kitchener-Waterloo area.
57:56
February 22, 2021
#016 - Richard Cao // Roll Scooters
Richard Cao is the founder & CEO of Roll, a company provides  electric scooter sharing services. With innovative technologies and enhanced vehicles, Roll aims to offer the safest scooter share in the market. Roll is now operating in Kelowna, BC, and going to Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal next year. Roll Technologies Inc. is a Canadian start-up founded in March 2019. The company aims to provide a better mobility solution to cities and campuses by providing dock-less electric scooters sharing service. Shared electric scooter, as an innovative transportation, has been embraced by over 100 cities in the world. It has improved urban transportation by solving the “last mile” problem, and by decreasing residents’ dependence on personal owned vehicles. Among the emerging electric scooter operators, Roll, as a Canadian start-up, differentiates itself by focusing on safety. Working in close partnership with the University of Toronto, we have successfully developed many exclusive technologies that allow us to ensure ​safer use of the product.
01:00:35
February 21, 2021
#015 - Anand Ganeshalingam // iGan Partners
Anand graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and holds the CPA, CA designations. Anand Ganeshalingam is an associate on the investment team at iGan Partners. In this role, Anand provides support in origination, diligence, and execution of iGan investments, and is actively involved in monitoring and assisting existing portfolio companies as a board observer. Prior to joining iGan Partners, he worked at Vena Solutions, a Toronto-based enterprise SaaS company, and at KPMG LLP, as a senior consultant.
01:02:25
February 20, 2021
#014 - Dikshant Batra // Torinit
Dikshant Batra is a graduate of U of T Scarborough, and of The Hub. He is a successful serial entrepreneur who has successfully launched several companies, including Nova & Sentio, KorsAll, and Torinit. Presently, he is the CEO of Torinit, which is a Toronto-India IT company doing well in Toronto. Tune in to learn how he scaled Torinit from a startup to a thriving corporate business. Dikshant is an engaging speaker and a great entrepreneur to connect with. Torinit is a team of technology priests, headquartered in Toronto, ON operating across 2 continents, who preach the power of technology to make a meaningful difference in their customers’ ecosystem. They are a powerhouse of technology enthusiasts who believe that business value chains can be improved with the help of technology solutions. Torinit's primary focus is app-enabling emerging technologies. They started their business developing internet based software that has now branched out into Mobile Development, AI (Artificial Intelligence), Machine to Machine Communications, and chatbots. Torinit believes that custom software is the most powerful tool and will remain so for decades to come.
01:06:16
February 19, 2021
#013 - Sean Bernstein // MinuteBox
A former Montrealer, Sean moved to Toronto five years ago to begin practicing at one of Canada's largest corporate law firms. With a focus on general corporate law, Sean developed an interest in the "business side of law," particularly areas of increased efficiency in legal service and new technology implementation. MinuteBox is a cloud-based entity management solution for law firms, accounting firms and in-house counsel that helps with the storage, management and maintenance of corporate records (i.e. incorporation documents, by-laws, resolutions, share certificates, etc). Using the MinuteBox platform, users can view, share, edit and update their corporate records, also known as minute books, seamlessly. Users can also track all corporate data in our powerful database, linking database records to minute book pages as well as utilize the AI-assisted parsing of scanned information, document generation and government filing tools.
01:03:08
February 18, 2021
#012 - David Kwok // YSpace
David joined York University in 2017 as the Entrepreneurship Manager for YSpace Markham. Prior to joining York University, David held various roles at The DMZ at Ryerson University, ranging from business development to creating programs for incubated startups. In addition to this, David has co-founded ZerotoStartup after graduation and he is involved with several non-for-profit organizations such as SAGE Canada and Pledges for Change. David joined York University in 2017 as the Entrepreneurship Manager for YSpace Markham. Prior to joining York University, David held various roles at The DMZ at Ryerson University, ranging from business development to creating programs for incubated startups. In addition to this, David has co-founded ZerotoStartup after graduation and he is involved with several non-for-profit organizations such as SAGE Canada and Pledges for Change.  YSpace is York University’s community innovation hub located in Downtown Markham. They support a growing number of innovators by providing space for entrepreneurs and community members alike to collaborate and connect to resources within the University and throughout the York Region. YSpace welcome all innovators – whether you’re a student, alumni, or community entrepreneur, we want to create a diverse and supportive community!
01:09:45
February 17, 2021
#011 - Ruiting Li // Swissborg
Inclusivity, equality, transparency, and decentralization. These were the reasons Ruiting made the leap from a cushy 9-5 at one of Canada’s largest wealth managers to the exciting and unpredictable world of blockchain & crypto. Today, she leads talent acquisition & employee engagement initiatives at SwissBorg, a community-centric wealth management ecosystem using blockchain technology to give people greater control over their wealth. Her role is to build and retain a diverse global team of fintech experts, scientists, engineers, and designers spread across 4 countries. She is also the proud co-founder of Tech & Tea, an inclusive Slack community that is focused on diversity in tech and connects tech workers, enthusiasts & entrepreneurs via free or heavily discounted events in Toronto. Filling an unmet need in Toronto’s tech ecosystem, the group has experienced rapid organic growth of over 1575% in just 3 months via word of mouth. She’s passionate about tech, education, financial inclusion, and the intersection between the three to make building wealth more accessible. The SwissBorg Project aims to revolutionize asset management solutions with a community-centric approach powered by Ethereum. Members will be able to optimize their cryptocurrency holdings with the help of our Cyborg advisors and deep learning algorithms.
01:04:49
February 16, 2021
#010 - Ivy Chen // CMEOW
Ivy is the Co-Founder and Vice President of CMEOW. Her first entrepreneurial experience was when she was 17, running a fashion e-commerce business. When Ivy graduated from Ryerson University, she worked full time on her current food tech business scaling from 6-figures in revenue.   CMEOW is Canada’ largest Asian food platform that unifies local restaurants with the community. Find an extensive selection of Asian restaurants around your neighbourhood that offers food delivery, mobile pickup, coupons and deals. CMEOW is operating across 7 cities in Canada (Greater Toronto Area, Waterloo, Halifax, Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg, Waterloo). Our vision is to bridge the culture gap with a strong focus on authenticity and an uncompromising commitment to encourage discovery in Asian foods.
34:30
February 15, 2021
#009 - Peter Meng // Weav
Peter Meng is a business designer with a passion to create. He bootstrapped a long-distance ride-sharing startup hoping to improve how North Americans travel in-between cities. Weav believes with any journey, who you travel with can be more important than your destination. Their unique algorithm simplifies carpooling by matching riders and drivers travelling in the same direction together. This creates a seamless arrangement of shared rides between users and provides them with an application that is effortless, efficient and enabling. All you need to do is sign-up and tell us where you want to go. They automate the scheduling, payment and connect a community of carpoolers. As a driver, you can cover your costs and subsidize your journey by providing a rider with an empty seat. As a rider who may not have readily access to a vehicle, you can find someone travelling the same direction to get you where you want to go quicker. Weav presents the novel solution to city-to-city travel, commuting and carpooling problems
54:46
February 14, 2021
#008 - Lawrence Eta // CIO @ City of Toronto
DISCLAIMER: the views, information, or opinions expressed during this episode are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of the City of Toronto and its employees. Over the span of his career Lawrence has been involved in a wide range of technology industries, holding various senior leadership positions including, Global Director of Customer Success within the Internet of Things (IOT) sector, Vice President of Technical Architecture and Director of Business Technology Solutions for an international business process outsourcing organization and Director of Information Services for one of Canada's top 60 pension and benefits plans. A successful track record of leading large transformative business and technology initiatives, he excels at leading organizations technology transition in delivering services in an evolving global environment.
59:44
February 13, 2021
#007 - Matthew Heuman // Neuvote
What started out as a passion for covering conflict zones as a journalist, Matthew transitioned into election technology with a voters assistance application for the 2015 Canadian Federal Election. That experience led to Neuvote which has developed the worlds first hybrid mobile voting system which aims to utilize technology in new ways to solve real social challenges.
55:12
February 12, 2021
#006 - Michael Cronin // Acquire Agency
Michael has been a founder multiple times and loves seeing startups succeed. He has worked across the spectrum of budgets, from limited to limitless. After realizing the need for an external partner who shared the bottom line goals, he created an agency to do just that. Michael built Acquire with the intention of being a founding partner to all the companies they service, sharing a vested interest in the growth of the business while providing industry-leading data, strategy. and creative. Previously, Michael co-founded SnapSaves, where he led all marketing initiatives, before the company was acquired by Groupon in 2014. At Groupon, he launched Snap by Groupon where he deployed millions of dollars of ad budget. Michael then went on to lead Groupon’s sales relationships with CPGs, working with Pepsi, P&G, Unilever and Coca-Cola. After leaving Groupon, Michael launched an e-commerce company that generated $500k in revenue by its second month using Facebook video ads.
58:04
February 11, 2021
#005 - Roberts Strenga // SnapIn Pro
Roberts Strenga, born in Latvia and moved to Canada for University because he wanted a new challenge and experience a new environment. Roberts has been racing for 9 years and was part of University of Toronto Formula Racing Team.  Roberts shares how his experience as a racer has helped to guide him on his journey as an entrepreneur.   Roberts is currently working on platform to help customers source and hire photographers and videographers.
01:04:50
February 10, 2021
#004 - Mithulan Perinpanayagam // X-Matik
Mithulan is an accounting and finance professional that began his career in public accounting, with a focus on the mining and energy sector as an auditor. He now manages the day-to-day accounting, financial, and administrative functions of private organizations with a view to developing operational efficiencies.   Currently he works with a number of start-ups guiding management with financial decision making.   Mithulan is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). Mithulan earned his Honours Bachelor of Accounting degree from the Goodman School of Business at Brock University.
58:29
February 9, 2021
#003 - Ashley Martis // StartupFuel
Ashley Rahul Martis is an avid entrepreneur and networker. He has travelled across North America from Toronto, to New York, Miami, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, Montreal etc. He has met over 35,000 people in the past 8 years. During his travels he has met thousands of entrepreneurs and hundreds of investors. He himself has successfully launched various startups, and participated in the growth and sale of others. Mr. Martis hosts an internet/YouTube show called StartupFuel interviewing entrepreneurs and their businesses to pitch to Angel and Venture Capital investors around North America.
56:33
February 6, 2021
#002 - Sumi Shan // Dunya Project
As founder, connector and former politico, Sumi has helped launch numerous businesses globally. She is an award-winning management professional with experience working with tech giants like Microsoft, early-stage startups, governments and not-for-profit organizations over the last 17+ years. Her expertise include business development, procurement processes, marketing, strategic planning and partnership building. As a social doer, she is keenly interested in advancing innovation to tackle social challenges.
53:57
February 6, 2021
#001 - Axel Villamil // StageKeep
Entrepreneur. Director. Coder. Dancer. CEO and Founder of @StageKeep and @RedLabelStudios.    Axel created a formation management application called "StageKeep" that helps performers and choreographers visualize and plan their formations ahead of time to be more organized and save on production costs. This was used by the Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Argonauts before being publicly released and be requested to be used by choreographers on tour for artists such as Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake, Cardi B and Drake.
40:21
February 1, 2021