Lightning in a bottle | What True North means for Waterloo Region

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ONE may not be a familiar acronym to many, explaining why the expert review panel suggests renaming it as Innovation Ontario. Here we explore the intersection of the strands of tech debate and activities in the Toronto-Kitchener-Waterloo corridor. There is a spirit of optimism with Toronto Health Innovation Week, True North and Velocity 10-year anniversary, yet both the Building Global Winners report and the poignant book How We Can Win point squarely to the paramount need to gain global reach.

Steven Woods, Senior Director Engineering at Google Canada described “What we have, up here in the North, is lightning in a bottle.” He said that Google “recognized there was something special happening up here – the entrepreneurialism, the quality of higher education and the loyalty of the talented engineers who just want to do good work.” In the 2015 Global Startup Ecosystem ranking the newly combined Toronto-Waterloo corridor entity ranked 16th. The Region of Waterloo tech sector employes 30,000 people.

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Charity Spotlight – Lindsay Leg Club Foundation

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Leg Clubs help to reduce social isolation while enabling leg ulcers to heal quicker. Our health is vitally important to us, but sometimes maintaining it is a struggle notes the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation (LLCF) team.

I have been fortunate enough to witness first hand the tremendous value these Leg Clubs bring to local communities. Here we explore why the LLCF service delivery model is a beacon for patient-centred care.

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Growth and scale for startups at the first Communitech HubSpot workshop

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According to HubSpot, starting a business is easier than ever, while scaling one is harder than ever.

This is strong advice from the drivers behind the inbound movement for the 2,299 startups in the Waterloo Region. HubSpot ran its first workshop at one of the regions foremost incubators, Communitech.
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2018 pledge to your team

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Start 2018 with a pledge to your team. We love New Year. It affords us another opportunity to reinforce our commitment to others after a period of reflection.

Your pledge is more than a list of new objectives, targets or resolutions. It embodies your values and how you commit to lead by example. Here we explore why this is worthwhile.

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10 top posts from the last year

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These top posts and content resonated with you the most. They were not necessarily what we expected. The underlying topic insights will guide our future content curation.

We had lots of view and engagement analytics from among the 77 posts on the Opencity Inc. blog plus another 73 on other platforms and sites, through 2016.

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What we learned from 10,000 tweets in 12-months

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It was the great Malcolm Gladwell who described the mastery from 10,000 hours of practice. Here is our experience on how to get the most from Twitter in building online authority.

Here we explore what we learned from posting 10,000 tweets in 12-months. This was done with original tweets, not retweets and without automated scheduling. Practice makes perfect as a level of proficiency comes with repeated and intense practice. We grew the number of followers on Twitter for the International Canoe Federation by 20,000 during 2016.

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Pursuing remarkable content – Sportscene.tv

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We interviewed Rob van Bommel who runs the Sportscene.tv platform to understand what it takes to achieve online authority through remarkable content.

This is the first instalment in our series studying insights from others on how providing remarkable content that your personas value can help build online authority and amplify your message.

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Download small business introduction to inbound marketing

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Many small businesses struggle with where to start with Inbound Marketing. To help meet this need, we have developed this Inbound Marketing introduction for small businesses.

This introductory guide has been specifically written to be easily comprehended by small businesses with the first principles of how to raise online presence and authority.

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Leadership Summit season

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We enter a busy time for Leadership Summits across many multi-national corporations.

I recommend a thought provoking article from last year’s March 2015 Harvard Business Review by Bob Frisch and Cary Greene called Leadership Summits That Work. It is timely for many companies as we deliver on our latest annual conference for senior executives.

These are my reflection on Frisch & Greene’s article and how my last company stacked up against their best practice recommendations. Our last Leadership Summit used the theme Lead – Create – Perform in the historical music city of Vienna. This was wonderfully complemented with the orchestra theme and conducting led by Dominic Alldis.

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Download Inbound Marketing introduction for non-profits

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Many non-profit organisations struggle with where to start with Inbound Marketing. To help meet this need, we have developed this Inbound Marketing introduction for non-profit organisations.

This introductory guide has been specifically written to be easily comprehended by non-profits with the first principles of how to raise online presence and authority.

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