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Breather and Ottawa’s Startup Scene

Two weeks ago I was invited to speak at Startup Grind Ottawa. I’ve learnt quite a bit about Ottawa over the past few months. Up until February of this year I was ignorantly unaware of the awesome talent that lies around 200 KM outside of Montreal. I met the guys over at Tattoo Hero and fell […]

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3 Reasons Why Your Product Is Bloated.

Many of the product managers I’ve met are restless characters who are always busy iterating, building product and keeping the team on track. This is the way it’s supposed to be done, small incremental change, pushing toward a goal of optimizing your funnel and driving more revenue. There’s a bit of a dark side though, and it […]

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3 reasons why your PM’s should learn to code

Over the past few years there’s been a movement surrounding programming education. There are tons of startups that have emerged in the “learn how to code” space. I am generally an optimist, but I‘ve taken quite a cynical approach to this. Many learn to code sites have come out and proclaimed “everyone should learn how to […]

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Purpose, accountability and transparency, the key to a data driven culture

Making a sale is great, right? Of course it is! There’s nothing more exhilarating than seeing a product you helped build, come to life. Many businesses, particularly startups fail because they fail to generate sales, don’t look at how they made a sale, or worse, their focus is solely sales, without looking at cost of acquisition. […]

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Porn, Bomb Threats and Startups

May 24th, 2013 started off like any other day. I got up, walked Milah, hit the gym, said goodbye to Sarah and drove to work. The afternoon rolled around and someone called in a bomb threat at Manwin. My programmers and I had just pushed a new feature that would impact a lot of people, and […]

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Why you’re probably wrong about your MVP

Does the title sounds hyperbolic? Maybe, but think about it. When was the last time something turned out exactly the way you wanted? You’ve got best laid plans but something comes along and gives your plan a little shove and you’re on another path, whether that path is good or bad is up to you to decide. […]

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I’ve wanted to do this for a while…

Why you're probably wrong about your mvp

This is my 10th year in the mobile industry and I’ve been fortunate enough to see this space go from ringtones and video, to being included in some of the everyday things we do; like, unlocking a door or ordering a cab.  I have always wanted to share what I have learned during this time, but never knew if people […]

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