What a 78-Year Old Uber Driver Taught Me About Life

[George]: What makes you happy? In life? [John]: When I have all my necessities, and not having overly high expectations - to the point where you make life more difficult than it should be. For example, people feeling like they have to borrow money to impress others, I mean who are you going to impress? …

What I Learned from Co-Founding My First Startup

I was on a plane heading to Vancouver for work with no entertainment i.e. no book, no working movie screen...nothing to occupy my distracted mind. I asked for a coffee and began jotting down ideas on the napkin it came with. "An app that has something to do with books" - that's the first thing …

Working Out The Storytelling Muscle

I was sitting at the kitchen table having a cup of coffee with my mom on Sunday morning when she suddenly asked me “can you explain to me what a stock exchange actually is/does?”. I could have easily gave the formal, templated response of "an exchange is where stock brokers and traders can buy and sell securities, such as shares of stock and bonds and …

2 Misconceptions of Entrepreneurship (Cont’d)

In my last article, I highlighted the first misconception I believe exists around entrepreneurship - age. Misconception #2: LOCATION The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting - Walt Disney "I have to go to the Valley to raise money", "you can't be successful if you're not located in the big cities", …

Notes from the AI Toronto Conference

This week, I had the privilege to attend Canada's national AI conference run by the Digital Finance Institute. The conference uncovers topics like Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing, Machine Learning, Self-Driving Cars, Innovation, Financial Intelligence, AI Law, Chatbots, the Future of Banking with AI, etc. Here are my 'polished' notes from the full day: The first …

What I’ve Learned from Conor McGregor

For those of you who don't know, Conor McGregor is an Irish professional mixed martial artist who is currently the UFC Lightweight Champion and Featherweight Champion. Before Conor's fame and success as a professional fighter, he became an apprentice plumber in his late teens - which to his family at the time, seemed like a …