The DMZ Movers and Shakers (M&S) Podcast is a production of The DMZ. Ranked as the top university-based tech incubator in the world, the DMZ provides a launchpad for founders to build and scale fast. To date, the DMZ has helped more than 400 startups raise $917+ million in capital and create 4,000+ jobs.
On this motivation packed podcast, M&S host Robert Gold, Managing Partner of Bennett Gold LLP, speaks with the movers and shakers of the global tech community about emerging technologies, leadership tactics, the dos and don'ts of entrepreneurship and much more.
5: Marc Lafleur, CEO and Co-Founder of truLOCAL on how to successfully navigate building a business
“As a first-time founder, you need to be a professional problem solver.” From humble beginnings to a $17M acquisition, Marc Lafleur, CEO and Co-Founder of truLOCAL discusses the importance of problem-solving to become a successful founder. Marc touches upon his experience as a Black founder and how POC possess the resiliency and tenacity needed to pursue business as a viable path. He underscores the importance of highlighting Black founders, CEO’s and other business moguls to inspire the next generation of Black entrepreneurs. This conversation also provides listeners with advice on homing in on establishing vital components of a successful business such as creating a relatable brand and consumer-focused customer service.
4: Harley Finkelstein, President of Shopify on the Importance of Soft Skills for Entrepreneurs.
Do things, tell people – “If you have something to share with the world, if you have a gift, if you have time, if you have money, if you have particular experiences, I think it is really important to disseminate that and let others leverage those things”. In this episode Harley Finkelstein, President of Shopify, touches upon the importance of mindfulness, mentorship and paying it forward. In this meaningful discussion, Harley reveals how he’s capitalized on these practices to not only elevate himself but his identity as an entrepreneur. Alongside these topics, Harley discusses the progression of the Canadian E-Commerce landscape and the importance of resiliency in navigating small businesses.
3: Sabrina Geremia, Country Director, Google Canada on enabling and propelling productivity
“This is a hard moment but it’s also a productive learning moment”. In this episode, we chatted with Sabrina Geremia, Country Director for Google Canada, during the first lock down in July 2020. Sabrina touches upon how Google has pivoted its operations to better support small businesses during the pandemic. This conversation speaks to the many resources Google has introduced for individuals and businesses to leverage the accelerating digital world. If your company has yet to shift its business model to capitalize on digital affordances, this episode is for you!
2: Arlene Dickinson, General Partner, District Ventures Capital, on Succeeding Against the Odds
“I do not believe in moments in time stopping us, because when we let a moment in time stop us we actually limit ourselves from the opportunity.” We chatted with Arlene back when the pandemic first started in July 2020. In this episode, Arlene underpins the importance of recognizing opportunity despite uncertainty and doubt. Arlene outlines critical steps to capitalizing on the gift of time the COVID-19 pandemic has brought forth and how current and aspiring entrepreneurs can leverage this time to build scalable businesses.
1: Claude Guay, President of IBM Canada, on How to Best Navigate Business Operations during COVID-19
“My work in the start-up world allowed me to learn to be versatile, agile and also know that learning is probably one of the most important skills in a career”. Listen as Claude Guay speaks to how IBM is navigating the pandemic through skills he inherited through his time in the start-up ecosystem. This episode is designed to guide you through capitalizing on lessons learned from the digital world, inspired by COVID-19, and marrying them with the familiar things in the physical world to better serve internal processes and ultimately external output.
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I am someone who likes to listen to podcast as I drive home from work; and this is going to for sure be one I rotate in my podcast listening.
The episodes are full of great information and interesting perspectives.
Looking forward to the episodes to come!
Amazing access to knowledge from industry professionals
I love learning straight from the pros. It was super cool that Arlene was featured!!! Thank you DMZ!
Good listen. Inspirational.
Interesting contemporary topics!