Dec 11

Top 3 resolutions for 2012 that you should have no problem keeping

Thanks to you, this little soapbox had over 15,000 views in a month and a half of existence.  I have no idea how that compares to real websites but I’ve been told it’s pretty good for site that doesn’t feature pictures of cars, video games or women or a combination of all three.  Thanks for your emails, especially the ones that tell me to bite it.  Criticism is definitely more helpful than praise. Continue reading →

Dec 11

Why business owners make better employees

I admit.  I find entrepreneurs much more interesting than folks who work in large corporations.  I can’t help it.  Continue reading →

Dec 11

If you don’t ask, the answer is always ‘No’

When I completed my degree in Zoology in ’98, I did what all highly educated science grads did; I became a waiter.  I worked at Tiger Lily’s on Queen Street, a wonderful pan-asian restaurant that primarily serviced the beautiful people of CityTV.  Cynthia Mulligan once tipped me $10 on a $10 meal.  So not only was she the most talented anchor at the time, she was clearly on the fast-track to sainthood.

But how did a zoo grad become a trader at a bank to an award winning sales trainer at Sony to running the marketing program at LG to becoming a junior partner in an investment bank? Continue reading →

Dec 11

Is it time to quit your job?

Of all the things you can do to make a living, why are you doing what you’re doing?  Why are you getting up in the morning and doing this particularly work?  Sure, you have to pay the bills.  But you can pay the bills doing a million other things instead.  Why this work?

Do you even know?

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Dec 11

Your slides = Your mind

It’s been said that your desk is a reflection of your mind.

Clear desk, clear mind.  Messy desk, messy mind.

If that’s the case, then most people’s presentation slides must be a reflection of their stomach after eating warm tofu.

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Dec 11

10 Quotes that work for me.

It’s Friday and my brain is toast.  I’ve been working like a fiend on workshops, speeches and a book outline.  Not to mention burning a full day reviewing pitch decks.  So as a break, here’s another list in lieu of a regular entry.

I don’t claim to carry these quotes around in my head.  I’m not that smart. But I do have a list on my desk.

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Dec 11

Time Magazine Person of the Year: Honoring the protester

The world is significantly different today, December 15, 2011 than it was on January 1, 2011.

All because of young people with ideas.

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Dec 11

Too smart for your own good: Why biotech funding pitches fail.

I’m only going to write this once because I’ve said this about a hundred times in person.

A successful first pitch doesn’t get you the money.  A successful first pitch only earns you a second look.

Biotech pitches fail because the presenter spends too much time on the science and not enough on how the science is going to change the world.

When you’re pitching to raise money, don’t try to educate in your pitch.  Sell!  Sell now!  This may be your only chance!

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Dec 11

Teachers: The most important presenters in the world.

Science is a passion for me because of a grade 11, night school chemistry teacher.  This was more than 20 years ago.  And I’m still a science junkie.

“Marco, do you see it?  Everything…all matter…all thought…all emotions…everything…just an interplay of atoms, electrons and stuff we haven’t found yet.  The whole of everything can be explained with the scientific process; hypothesis, method, observation, and conclusion.  Absolutely perfect.  Everything is explained by science.  I guarantee you, in 20 years, the gadgets you’ll be using will be like magic to us now”

Mr. Heinola, wherever you are, you’re still awesome.

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Dec 11

4 things you can learn from my screw-ups.

When I left LG, I jumped into a business idea.  No planning. No learning.  Just jumped the hell in.  Turns out that faith and gusto don’t mean a damn thing if you don’t know a damn thing.  As much as I’m a huge proponent of the ‘Just Do It’ camp, just doing anything without any sort of a plan is a disaster waiting to happen.  Here’s the $250K lesson I learned in my first year as an entrepreneur. Continue reading →