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Float or Founder is the Toronto startup podcast. Learn from the career and management experiences of local startup and business entrepreneurs, founders, executives, and venture capitalists in Toronto, Canada. Hosted by Samantha Lloyd and Lisen Kaci.

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Float or Founder is the Toronto startup podcast. Learn from the career and management experiences of local startup and business entrepreneurs, founders, executives, and venture capitalists in Toronto, Canada. Hosted by Samantha Lloyd and Lisen Kaci.

    S2E26: Ryan Shupak of Jiffy on finding early customers

    S2E26: Ryan Shupak of Jiffy on finding early customers

    Ryan Shupak is the co-founder of Jiffy, a service that allows you to get on-demand contractors to your home. Building a marketplace always comes with its own set of challenges. The supply side, the contractors, are already doing the work so building up this marketplace was a bit easier and more unique than others.

    The early day grind of getting sign ups took this former investment banker and his co-founders door-to-door. Scaling and finding early customers happened through all types of channels: Facebook groups, emailing potential users from people they knew, encouraging word-of-mouth marketing with yard signs, and more.
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    S2E25: Shawna Stewart of PostBeyond on people and policies

    S2E25: Shawna Stewart of PostBeyond on people and policies

    Shawna Stewart is the VP of People and Operations at PostBeyond, a tech startup in Toronto. Being in charge of the operations and people part of any company is a tall order. Shawna's favourite task is to create inclusive and positive policies. In light of Black Lives Matter especially, she believes it is important to take another look at policies and revamp those that have biases. 

    Shawna discusses the misconceptions around what human resources is and which paths to pursue in your career if you're interested in heading up people or operations. Shawna also shares the questions to ask recruitment firms to find out if you align on values and to ensure you hire a diverse team. She says that continuing anti-racist initiatives in the workplace is a marathon, not a sprint, and we have to normalize talking about what is right.
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    S2 Special! David Lloyd Hosts Neil Wainright of UpHabit

    S2 Special! David Lloyd Hosts Neil Wainright of UpHabit

    David Lloyd recorded this episode with Neil Wainright in mid-2019 but never had the opportunity to publish it... until now! David Lloyd takes over the Float or Founder podcast to discuss "the grind" it takes to run a tech startup and turn it into a solid company. David comes from an extensive background in the tech industry in Toronto and is currently the CEO of PostBeyond.

    Neil Wainright is the founder and CEO of UpHabit. UpHabit is an app that's a personal CRM for super connectors. Neil discusses growing UpHabit for the past 11 years and David takes us on a journey through his exits and past startup growth stories. Neil discusses what first inspired him to launch UpHabit by seeing a gap at a previous company he worked at. He talks honestly about how the pace of business impacts a young founder's mental health.
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    S2E28: Kayla Isabelle of Startup Canada on Canadian entrepreneurship

    S2E28: Kayla Isabelle of Startup Canada on Canadian entrepreneurship

    What does it take to launch a business in Canada? Kayla Isabelle has had the pleasure of seeing companies from launch through success many times as Executive Director of Startup Canada. She takes us through the joy of coaching and mentoring startups and the similarities she sees between leaders. What does every entrepreneur need? Passion and grit.

    Kayla takes us through how COVID-19 has reshaped companies or inspired new companies to launch. She tells us her opinion on whether you should launch your ideas now or wait for greener pastures.
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    S2E23: Diana Goodwin of Marketbox & Aquamobile on scalable flexibility

    S2E23: Diana Goodwin of Marketbox & Aquamobile on scalable flexibility

    Diana Goodwin launched Aquamobile eight years ago - a business enabling swim instructors to do at-home lessons on-the-go. Their internal management tool of these instructors and customers/lessons led her to launching Marketbox to other companies facing labour deployment and management challenges. In essense, Aquamobile became a customer of Marketbox!

    The journey of balancing two companies isn't simple but Diana knew she wanted to focus on the software business. She discusses how she spent time searching for the right person to become the General Manager of Aquamobile and how her amazing team has stepped up to the challenge.  She shares the experience of feeling excited about running a new company and specifically a tech startup. Diana also gives her best advice to all other solo founders out there.
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    S2E22: Sarah Stockdale of Growclass on data-driven startup marketing

    S2E22: Sarah Stockdale of Growclass on data-driven startup marketing

    Many people think marketing is fluffy but (especially in the tech industry) it's anything but. Marketing is creative, experimental, and data-driven. How do you write copy that connects? How do you create ads that converts? You need to test a hypothesis and see the data to build the most successful marketing strategies.

    Sarah Stockdale takes us on her decade-long career in the startup industry and why she started Growclass so that other startup entrepreneurs could better understand marketing and customer acquisition in the early days. Sarah goes into details about different strategies to attract customers. We also discuss her newsletter, We Need To Talk About This and how her supportive friends encouraged her to actually launch it to the public. She also opens up about what wasn't working with Valkerie that led to the rebrand!
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Customer Reviews

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23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Olivier1622 ,

Float or Founder Podcast

Honestly a great podcast, the hosts Samantha Lloyd and Lisen Kaci do a very awesome job. If your from Toronto and are interested in getting to hear about successful startups stories this is the Podcast for you.

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The Startup Podcast You NEED

If you’re looking for relevant content to help guide your startup journey, make sure to add Float or Founder to your list. They ask hard-hitting, pointed questions to CEOs, Founders and people who keep the business thriving and their insight knows no bounds. As a guest speaker, as well as a subscriber, I have extracted many key points I use in my day-to-day at work and I know there will be more and more to come as I continue my learning. Be sure to check it out!

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Inspirational stories

Inspirational entrepreneurial stories in digestible sizes. A must listen to podcast!

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