Why Failure Is Just One of Many Steps to Success

By taking risks and accepting obstacles, this CEO encountered progress sooner. February 6, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Mars Discovery District talks with Gimmy Chu, co-founder and CEO of green-technology company Nanoleaf, on the necessity of failure. Chu speaks about how in the beginning of his career when he was unfamiliar with marketing, he consulted a convenient resource: A copy of the book Marketing for Dummies. By reading this book, Chu was able to get ahold of some of the basics of marketing to get his business up and running. The CEO describes how, in the early days of the business, his team even took to the streets to get the word out about Nanoleaf. When they had completed a day of in-person outreach, the company could at least boast of one new potential customer. Click on the video to hear more.  […]

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Believing in Your Mission During Hard Times Can Make or Break Your Company

Hyr CMO Erika Moses shares her history of operating with grit. January 23, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Mars Discovery District speaks with Erika Moses, the co-founder and chief marketing office of Hyr. The idea behind the business is to help people earn money when they need it, while helping businesses acquire extra hands when they need them.  Moses shares oftentimes unplanned events could often lead to tricky times, which could even affect the companie’s ability to make payroll. At a certain point, Moses recounts realizing there was only $0.08 in the company’s bank account, around the time the company was expected to make payroll. With ample grit and awareness that finances would be coming into soon, Moses and her executives could continue to lead.  Click the video to hear more. Related: By Landing One Major Client, This Toronto Startup Found […]

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By Landing One Major Client, This Toronto Startup Found Dramatic Success

This software-as-a-service company found its footing by spreading its name and remaining resilient. January 16, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner, Mars Discovery District interviews the CEO of Horizn to hear about the company’s development.  Horizn, which offers a SaaS product that allows financial institutions quickly adopt mobile formats, is based in Toronto, Canada. Janice Diner, Horizn’s CEO and founding member, talks about moving among different international hubs to find just the right client — a large, global bank — for their company. After Horizn landed a major bank, as well as expanded their speaking and networking efforts, the company began to take off. In time, the company had signed on many financial institutions, including Key Bank and U.S. Bank.  As Diner explains, you will not always know if you are going to be right, but you’ve got to run with it […]

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This CEO Went From Working as an Engineer to Making Cold Calls

Here’s why determination can help you acquire any skill. January 2, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner, Mars Discovery District talks with Somen Mondal, the CEO of Ideal, a recruiting company. Like many full-timers, Mondel talks about moonlighting with a side hustle while working for a big financial firm. When Mondel determined it was time to expand his business, he soon realized that the company had to be built up all over again, or essentially, starting from square one and trying to build from scratch. As a team of engineers, Mondel and his new company experienced a learning a curve when trying to sell their new project. The team was entirely aware they had to learn how to cold-call and reach out relatively blindly to strangers to hear more. Eventually, their efforts paid off. Click play to hear more. Related: When Being Stubborn […]

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No College Degree? No Problem, Says This HR Specialist.

If you are able to showcase a few key skills, you may be on your way to your dream job. December 19, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner HR superstar ZJ Hadley admits she had a hard time finding jobs without a college degree. Instead, she began to rely increasingly on other abilities — in networking, meeting people on a constant basis and, at times, stalking recruiters.  If you are in the process of job-searching and feel underqualified, a willingness to learn is the number one indicator of success — a takeaway that Hadley discovered from experience. The HR specialist describes her own time jumping through multiple hoops to land her first job, and from there, working hard to show recruiters that she can pick up new skills and exercise flexibility.  To hear more about nailing your dream job without a […]

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Margaret Atwood Shares Her Advice on How to Achieve Success as a Cleantech Entrepreneur

The author shares some of her thoughts on what women can do to achieve a cleaner planet. December 12, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As an entrepreneur, writer and subject of this video from Entrepreneur Network parter MaRS Discovery District, Margaret Atwood has a few insights on the importance of a clean planet and the questions women can ask to further the cause. Atwood shares that in order to achieve a cleaner world, its inhabitants must respect the mission and declare themselves willing to pitch in. Female cleantech entrepreneurs and women interested in keeping a clean planet can benefit by asking questions that are different than others. Considering the welfare of children and the lives of those not yet on the planet is a perspective on a clean planet women can consider. This is in contrast to thinking about money as having a greater […]

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Sharp Problem-Solving Skills (and AI) Helped This Tech Company Secure Microsoft as a Partner

Kerry Liu speaks about how he and his team thought tactically about Rubikloud’s positioning in the marketplace. November 21, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Rubikloud CEO and founder Kerry Liu talks about how the AI company uses data to help retailers solve their problems.  In the beginnig of their time working with retailers, Liu was told by others that retail companies do not buy AI, they don’t buy cloud systems — they instead want to buy solutions to their stagnant revenue.  In the end, Rubikloud went beyond simply positioning itself as an AI platform. Without the execution to back up its extensive research and science, Liu points out there would be no business. Rubikloud eventually was able to partner with Microsoft Azure, a cloud platform, to service a major retail company.  Click the video to hear more from MaRS Discovery District and Liu. Related: An Unconventional Idea Forced […]

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This Co-Founder Used Her Corporate Maternity Leave to Assess Her Career Goals — Which Led Her to the Startup World

Launching something new was an irresistible opportunity for this COO. November 7, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner MaRS Discovery Distrct talks with Eva Wong, co-founder and COO of fintech company Borrowell. Wong admits, from the outside, it doesn’t seem she has the typical background for a startup founder — she’s not the stereotypical college dropout or computer science natural. Wong worked as a management consultant for many years and raised two children during the process. The decision to change directions was in part influenced by the demands of being a parent, as well as Wong’s interest in a career change.  Wong shares that her lack of experience in the lending sphere did not stop her from pursuing a transition. She explains how in the beginning days of the startup, the learning curve was steep. Oftentimes, early conversations building Borrowell involved Wong looking up fintech […]

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In Search of that ‘A-ha’ Moment? This Entrepreneur Says It May Take Longer Than Expected.

The CEO of Future Design School talks about how she finally found the business model to work with her vision. October 24, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner MaRS Discovery District talks with the founder and CEO of Future Design School, Sarah Pervette. Pervette talks about sustaining that original entrepreneurial vision and then finding opportunities that will suit it. The founder began with an initial pursuit that included starting her own countryside school to nurture and teach misfit students. This idealistic original plan eventually gave way to a pivot, which included working within the established school system.  Finally, the entrepreneur also talks about her personal experience with stumbling upon that “eureka” moment. In reality, the progression to Future Design School’s current form came from a process of discovery and experimentation, not necessarily from one single, ground-breaking idea.  Click on the video to hear […]

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This CEO’s Recipe for Success Is One Part Innovation, One Part Anxiety

For this company’s leader, paranoia is a driver to create change. September 26, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this latest video from Entrepreneur Network partner MaRS Discovery District and the CEO of League, Mike Serbinis, the business owner talks about the company’s intent to be constantly innovating. Speaking about League’s sense for change, Sebinis discusses how changes keep the company looking for new angles to pursue.  Serbinis admits that he likes to be a constant state of evolution, and dislikes thinking about the term pivot. The CEO also admits he’s constantly in a state of anxiety, and therefore, always thinking ahead.  To hear more from Serbinis on his company’s approach to strategy and change, click on the video above.  Related: How This Health Insurance Startup Found Its Light Bulb Idea Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise […]

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Why This CEO Sees So Many Startups Get Tunnel Vision With Their Products

To communicate potential to investors, business founders should know when to refocus their mission. September 12, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video from Entrepreneur Network partner MaRS Discovery District, we learn how a sterling product can only take you so far.  There is a point in a startup’s life where the technology matters less and the development of the business matters more. Or, as Kerry Liu, CEO and co-founder of Rubikloud, puts it, many startups begin with a strong thesis “which they don’t want to let go,” even if investors fail to show interest. Businesses that see their products as one-of-a-kind should strive to take their base to the next level.  From Liu’s experience, retailers want to see the business model and the potential behind a particular product; not just invest in tech for tech’s sake.  To hear from Liu and MaRS Discovery District, click play […]

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Why No Amount of Money Can Guarantee Success

There is no set recipe for success. August 15, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. “You can actually have all the money in the world, and it doesn’t guarantee success.”  In this video, Ritual co-founder and CEO Ray Reddy tells Entrepreneur Network partner MaRS Discovery District everything you might need to create a great product and a successful business. Reddy says it takes a spark, a great team, the right space and a lot of hard work. But, he also says having any of those things doesn’t guarantee success.  Instead, Reddy says there’s no set recipe for success. Just because one business used one method successfully doesn’t mean it’s right for you. You need to find your own path. Click the video to hear more.  Related: Instead of Thinking About What She Couldn’t Change, This Female Founder Focused On Making Progress Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, […]

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Why Investing in Diverse Companies Will Keep Future Mistakes at Bay

As a guiding force behind the StandUp Ventures fund, Michelle McBane speaks of her time investing in female-led companies. July 25, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner MaRS Discovery District sits down with Michelle McBane of StandUp Ventures to talk strategy and the inspiration behind the company’s name.  McBane notes the company’s name comes from the “Fearless Girl” statue near Wall Street in New York City. It’s a figure the company considers both curious, courageous and reflective of the company’s brand. McBane talks about how the company’s goal is to invest in female-led ventures that are in the beginning of the fund-gathering stage.  The company strives to meet the evidence of its data, which shows that diverse teams perform better than homogenous teams. Noticeably, McBane, through StartUp Ventures, has seen how diverse teams make it easier to keep to their company goals and […]

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Not Listening to His Investors Was One of the Best Decisions This Entrepreneur Made

Here’s why staying true to your creative interests brings great rewards in the end. July 18, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner MaRS Discovery District talks with the president of Coherent Path, James Glover. After starting his company in 1999 and receiving funding from Goldman Sachs, Glover was told launching a startup in his current location in Toronto was a bad idea. The investors recommended Coherent Path consider moving to Boston. Now, looking back, Glover considers setting up shop in Toronto one of the best moves the company could have made. The area is known to be very welcoming to startups and encourages creativity among a close-knit number of entrepreneurs. Coherent Path’s choice to stay in Toronto may have seemed slightly against convention at the time, but has now resulted in great rewards — such as working in a tech-conscious city like Toronto.  […]

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