When This Founder Had to Make One Big Decision, She Realized There Are Multiple Paths to Success

Alyssa Furtado of Ratehub discusses a pivotal crossroads in her business. May 22, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video from Entrepreneur Network partner Mars Discovery Disitrct, we hear from Alyssa Furtado, co-founder of Ratehub, which is a financial product comparison website that offers insights on credit card and mortgage rates. Furtado discusses the struggle she and her co-founder faced to either self-fund or take on a new partner with capital.  They grappled with the possiblity of giving up control to a new voice on the board, or else in the face of lacking enough funding for Ratehub to reach its full potential. Inevitably, Furtado and her co-founder followed a path that made the most sense for Ratehub and learned, through listening to many different voices, there is not one way of doing successful business.  Click the video to hear more Alyssa Furtado. Related: How Big Data […]

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How Big Data Can Help Teach Us About Infectious Diseases

Tech’s role in tracking infectious diseases is burgeoning. May 15, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Mars Discovery District chats with Dr. Kamran Khan to talk about the future of data and infectious diseases.  Infectious diseases are spreading because the world’s population is increasing dramatically and urbanization is increasing. This trend of infectious diseases spreading is happening in tandem with the development of artificial intelligence (AI).  Khan says data can help to detect infectious diseases. AI, in particular, can act as a filter to isolating the most important signs to identifying infectious diseases.  Click the video to hear more.  Related: What Should Your Company Do When Its Funds Are Dwindling? Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and audio […]

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What Should Your Company Do When Its Funds Are Dwindling?

This founder says you should start thinking of creative compromises. May 8, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Mars Discovery District talks with Ali Asaria, CEO and founder of Tulip, a company that specializes in building apps.  The founder talks about how he traveled across the country and approached a list of 60 investors to raise money for his business. However, it became clear that Asaria was going to come up short on his targets — in fact, he wouldn’t even be able to pay employee salaries. However, that failure helped lead him to a creative compromise with his engineering team, which eventually helped him create Tulip. That experience taught Asaria that a company is a sum of its parts, and that if its individual members are willing to work as a tribe, the company can become a much larger success.  Click the video to hear more […]

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Why Canada's Unique Position Makes It a Great Starting Spot for Global Expansion

The CEO of Wattpad explains why Canadian startups should try to grow past the United States. Read_More Related posts: Exactly What You Can Do to Define What Makes Your Brand as Unique as … M&Ms Is Your Great Business Idea Actually Great? Here’s How to Find Out. China’s Great Leap Forward in Global Mobile Payments Friendly Service Makes For Great Marketing Childish Gambino Makes History and Amazon Makes a Run for It (60-Second Video) Here’s How to Make Your Expansion Into New Markets a Success Tesla Shares Down After Gigafactory Expansion Put on Hold How to Position Your Business for a Strategic Acquisition

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How Consumer Feedback Helped Lead to This Company’s Redesign and Pivot

Sometimes, the pivot in your business model is just a short leap from your original idea. April 24, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, CEO of Loom Analytics Mona Datt talks with Entrepreneur Network partner Mars Discovery District about the changing nature of the company’s product. Loom Analytics is a Canadian-based company that helps lawyers and insurance companies pinpoint trends in the law like judge rulings and lawyers’ court performance. Datt speaks about how Loom initially planned to position itself as a research company, but over time realized it would serve a greater customer base by offering a more interactive experience. Datt says one of the main pieces of feedback the company received was how companies could integrate Loom into their daily routines. This encouraged Datt and her team to make adjustments in the user experience and interface of Loom’s website. Click the video to hear more […]

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Want to Turn Your Side Project Into a Full-Time Business? Here’s How This Man Did It.

Founder, Danish Yusuf, discusses the ins and outs starting his Canada-based insurance company. April 17, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Mars Discovery District talks Danish Yusuf, the CEO of Canadian insurance company Zensurance. Yusuf speaks about reaching a roadblock at his first job due to office politics. In time, Yusuf teamed up with a like-minded co-worker to develop the beginnings of Zensurance. The two business owners spent every Saturday morning developing a prototype and a pilot program for their business.  Two years ago, Zensurance had no office, no employees and relied mostly on the drive of Yusuf and his co-founder. Now, the company has a new office space with 15 employees and more hires to come. Click the video to hear more.  Related: How This Entrepreneur Built a Business Out of a College Project Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration […]

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How This Entrepreneur Built a Business Out of a College Project

If you wait to execute until you’re absolutely sure of everything, you will likely miss out on opportunity. April 9, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Mars Discovery District talks with Daniela Roeper, the founder of Borealis Wind. Borealis Wind is a company that aims to reduce the damage of ice on wind turbine blades in order to improve cold-climate wind energy.  Roeper’s original concept, devised in school, snowballed into a totally different result later on. The founder speaks about how her team was able to have her technology installed on a real turbine, only to later realize the system did not work as intended when put to use. From this experience, Roeper learned that you cannot wait until you know every single detail because at that point, it may be too late.  Click the video to play more. Related: How […]

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How Should a Leader Deal With Unexpected Rejection?

This CEO shares his experience. April 3, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Mars Discovery District speaks with Corey Gross, the CEO of financial technology company Sensibill. Gross speaks about a specific time when his business was experiencing several stops and starts. He talks about dealing with false hope and contracts that fell through at the last minute.  Those early events taught Gross the value of grit and perseverence.  Click play to hear more.  Related: Do You Know When It’s Time to Make a Pivot? Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and audio content distributed across all digital platforms for the business genre. EN is partnered with hundreds of top YouTube channels in the business vertical. Watch video from our […]

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Do You Know When It’s Time to Make a Pivot?

Successful entrepreneurs know how to recognize when the original plan is not working. March 27, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Mars Discovery District talks with James Glover, one of the founders of marketing software business Coherent Path.  Glover and his co-founder first began working together at a software company, Memento. Eventually, they changed directions to perfecting an email platform for retail businesses. Glover and his partner arrived at this decision by targeting a problem that needed real-time assistance. This, inevitably, helped the team grow revenue and improve the company.  Click the video to hear more from Glover about his entrepreneurial journey.  Related: Why Ambition Is Nothing More Than a Willingness to Fail Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and audio content distributed across […]

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Why Ambition Is Nothing More Than a Willingness to Fail

If you want to see success, the founder of the Ritual app says you have to commit 100 percent. March 19, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Mars Discovery District talks with Ray Reddy, the CEO of Ritual, a mobile pick-up and pay app. Reddy points out that building your own business is more than just a job. You have to be ready to make sacrifices to make progress. Putting in 50 percent is simply not enough to achieve success.  Moreover, Reddy talks about needing to stay abreast of all the opportunities rolling out.  Finally, Reddy talks about staying open to failure. The founder calls failure the cornerstone of success. Taking risks and experiencing failure may be difficult, but it’s necessary to build something meaningful, according to Reddy. Click the video to hear more.  Related: Why You Should Take Time to Treasure the Small Victories […]

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The 2 Key Traits That Guide This Startup’s Decisions

This water business consistently focused on vision and integrity when considering new partners. March 6, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Mars Discovery District talks with Jodi Glover, the CEO of Real Tech. The water intelligence company uses sensors and artificial intellifence to pinpoint contaminants in waste water.  The CEO talks about maintaining the company’s vision — actively working to ensure integrity. Glover notes that if you are constantly compromising who you are, then the process of being persistent as an entrepreneur will get more and more difficult.  As Glover explains, the company believes in a triple bottom line: profit, people and the planet.  Click the video to hear more. Related: A Transition to Digital Content Saved This Children’s Education Platform Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate […]

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A Transition to Digital Content Saved This Children’s Education Platform

Ask yourself if your company could benefit from using modern technology to expand. February 27, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Mars Discovery District talks with Ami Shah, one of the co-founders of Peekapak, about her company’s strategic pivot.  The program is a learning experience for children to learn about self-regulation and empathy. The company does this by first launching a physical product and then from there, pursue launching a digital product.  At one point in their journey, the company was accepted into a Silicon Valley incubator. From there, the company was able to leverage that community and their resources to grow the company. The ultimate pivot consisted of not just transitioning from the consumer product space to the digital space, but also go from a consumer company to an education company.  Click play to hear more from Mars Discovery District and […]

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How Technology Helped Innovate This Pen-and-Paper Business

Bridgit, a software company for developers, saw a place for improvement and ran with it. February 20, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Mars Discovery District talks with one of the co-founders of Bridgit, a software company for developers and general contractors. Lauren Lake talks about the technology used on construction sites as limited to basic tools, like pen and paper, over more advanced tools, as soon inside these companies’ offices. Lake breaks down how she got into construction through her family’s business. Her interest in improving the efficiencies of the business encouraged her to bring technology to construction sites. The founders were able to pinpoint their target audience by asking, “What is the biggest pain point in your day?” In other words, Bridgit hoped to discern what technology could do for the company. Click the video to hear more. Related: This CEO Says That Second-Guessing […]

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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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