The Ultimate Student LinkedIn Guide ft. Perry Monaco


It’s incredible how everything in my life, and maybe you can relate, is a domino effect. If I hadn’t started blogging, I probably wouldn’t have gotten a job in Montreal this winter, and I wouldn’t have met a wonderful woman named Teresa. I wouldn’t have recognized Teresa when we were waiting at a Go stop together, I wouldn’t have told her about my blog, and she wouldn’t have introduced me to Perry for the blog.

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Deleted Answers From My Interview At Twitter

Photo captured by the talented Mark Frias of Student Life Network. Click to see more of his work.

Photo captured by the talented Mark Frias of Student Life Network. Click to see more of his work.

I recently got to record an interview for the Student Life Network with Justin Vandenberg, Twitter’s Canadian Account Executive, about his career advice for students.

Interview time was 47 minutes. The rough transcription was close to 5,000 words. It made me sad to know certain soundbites wouldn’t make it to SLN’s front page, so below are a few “deleted scenes” to complement the officially published interview. The following is more specific to getting hired at Twitter than the universally applicable career advice you’ll find in my SLN interview version (which I’m extremely proud of). Continue reading

FI Director Kamal Hassan On Mistakes, Once-In-A-Lifetime Chances, & Why Not To Start A Company

Kamal and his wife, Ilona.

Kamal and his wife, Ilona.

Our previous interview was with a startup founder named Harry, who dropped out of school to grow Medella Health. It’s fitting that Kamal’s story follows, because he’s a reminder staying in school isn’t poison to success. Kamal graduated top of his class at INSEAD (international school for business) and near top of his class at Queen’s (Engineering Physics). Continue reading

Medella Health CEO Harry Gandhi on Leaving University And Not Taking Advice On Face Value

DSC_0973Harry Gandhi is the CEO of Medella Health, the Waterloo tech startup whose vision is to create a contact lens that helps diabetics manage their glucose levels. Harry is an ex-UWaterloo student (now Thiel Fellow) who dropped out before finishing his degree to put 100% into Medella Health. The company recently closed a $1.4M funding round. When I asked Harry to elaborate on that, all he said was, “yeah, something like that.”  Continue reading

Angel Investor Lally Rementilla On Corporate Sports Culture, Women in Business, & Adding Value

DSC_0959I met Lally through a mutual connection. She was introduced to me as the co-founder of The Gal’s Got Game, an awesome daily email blast that keeps busy women up-to-date on key sports news. I soon learned Lally has even more up her sleeve: she is the founder of Coco Capital (which focuses on investing in female entrepreneurs) and current CFO of Quantius (a commercial lender). Lally’s track record also includes a VP Finance role at Lavalife (she helped sell the company twice) and Nulogy.  Continue reading

Startup Canada’s CEO Victoria Lennox on Hustle, Success & What She Learned From Her First Job

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Victoria Lennox
is the upbeat and extremely kind CEO of Startup Canada. This is an organization which works tirelessly to make ours a more entrepreneurial country, from a policy and culture perspective. Keep in mind Victoria co-founded Startup Canada fewer than five years ago, and put into context, it is a household name for everyone involved in the Canadian entrepreneurship community. Continue reading

Networking, Real Human Connections & Travel With TEDx Speaker Michael Bociurkiw | 100 Cups of Coffee


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Michael Bociurkiw is a two-time TEDx speaker. His career’s track record includes a spokesperson role with UNICEF, work with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), The Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, and Forbes. And Michael runs a travel website, for those who want to escape the tourist bubble. We recorded this interview late last year, and I am excited to finally be posting it.

In store for you are: an awesome story, an excuse to feed your wanderlust, and advice on nurturing professional relationships (the right way). Every time I read through it I find a new bit of gold. Continue reading