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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