Products and Presentations

Products and Presentations

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Blog, Videos | No Comments

One of my LinkedIn contacts sent me this short clip from the TV show Better off Ted (anyone remember that one?). It’s a tongue-in-cheek look at the power of presentations to sway audiences. Best line: “Products are for people who don’t have presentations.”

Mandatory training

Mandatory training

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Blog, Good reads | No Comments

Last week I received a number of people sent me a link to this article in the Globe and Mail which postulates “Should entrepreneurship be mandatory for professors?” I thought it was an interesting question.

02: Photos

02: Photos

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Photos, Workshops | No Comments

Thanks to Robin Bergart we have some great photos of the fine folks who are involved with The Startup Library. You can check them out via…

Mashing cultures

Mashing cultures

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Blog, Videos | No Comments

Many of you will be familiar with Brian Mathews (he’s the guy who wrote the white paper that helped inspire this whole Startup Library thing). Here’s an interview he did for Education Futures. The themes are similar, but it is still worth a listen. Thanks Karen for the tip…!

01: Photos

01: Photos

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Blog, Photos, Workshops | No Comments

We had over 45 participants in Workshop 01. During the session we played with puzzles, made a “quilt,” learned a little bit about the entrepreneurial approach, and brainstormed problems. Thanks to Robin Bergart, the full version of this post features a number of pictures from the afternoon. You know you want to see’em. And yes, […]

01: Door prizes

01: Door prizes

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Blog, Good reads, Workshops | No Comments

The Startup Library is such a good time that we even have door prizes. What do people who work in libraries love? Books. Period. Here are the first four books we gave away: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko, Flow, The Opposable Mind and Just Start. Why these books? Well, here’s the story…

Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Advice, Blog, Workshops | 2 Comments

After workshop 01 it’s time for participants to think about their first 60-second pitch. A good pitch will: explain the problem propose an interesting solution communicate the competence of the speaker attract collaborators That minute goes by quickly, so here’s some advice from the experts:

Startup + Education

Startup + Education

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Blog, Videos | No Comments

Maybe entrepreneurship seems too “businessy” to you. After all, do entrepreneurship and education really mix? In some ways, The Startup Library is designed to explore this very question. Can we take the principles behind “build, measure, learn” and apply them in our institutional contexts (especially for such a notoriously traditional profession). You might be pleased […]

Itch then scratch

Itch then scratch

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Blog, Videos | No Comments

I recently came across this video from the Kaufmann Foundation (the organization behind The Startup Weekend events) that describes entrepreneurs as people who “scratch their own itch.” This colourful description matches many of the entrepreneurs I know. There is a certain level of impatience that comes with the territory (along with some old-fashioned stubbornness!). The […]

Think vs Notice

Think vs Notice

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Blog, Good reads | No Comments

I always thought that the hardest part about the whole start up thing was coming up with an original idea. How does one actually think up something new? What’s the inspiration behind really great ideas? Do some people have a knack for it while others are completely clueless? And then I came across Paul Graham’s […]