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The Product

Power up

In today’s always-connected world, there may be nothing more frustrating than holding a phone that’s out of juice. That panicky,

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We are wearables

Canada is ground zero for the smart-tech revolution. Here’s how a bunch of homegrown start-ups are changing the way we interact with

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Extreme makeover

Hipstreet has a history of taking wacky ideas and turning them into big hits. One of the consumer electronics maker’s prized products is a USB key…

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Ask a Pro

Providing a pension

Q: I’d like to start offering a pension plan to my employees. We compete with bigger players that have plans

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Beyond our borders

Q: I’d like to expand my business beyond Canada’s borders, but I’m not sure if I’m ready. How can I

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Broken social scene

We drastically reduced our marketing budget during the economic slowdown, but it’s time to start reinvesting. Where will I get the most bang…

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How I Did It

In the driver’s seat

It all started when 38-year-old Tim Kimber saw a strange-looking toy car. Wanting to bring this car to the masses,

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Yearning for yield

It’s not just social media sites and nifty gadgets that tech investors love. They also want a piece of Farmers

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Masters of fun

Spin Master has been creating hit toys for 20 years, including Air Hogs, Bakugan, Shrinky-Dinks and AquaDoodle. Last year, it

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Keep staff for life

No company, big or small, likes it when the people they’ve invested in quit. An unexpected exit can bring down

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Manage a corporate crisis

When packaged meat contaminated with listeria killed 22 Canadians in 2008, Maple Leaf Foods called in David Herle, a principal partner with…

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5 ways to foster innovation

When Apple announced in May that it intended to buy Beats, a luxury headphone maker and music-streaming company, it set tongues…

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The Pitch

We’re not making it up

Rave reviews seem like an unlikely problem for any business, but customers grateful for a good night’s sleep have created

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Viral capital

After raising nearly US$1.3-million online, stereo maker Mass Fidelity needs more money for marketing. Late last fall, Mass Fidelity –

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Printing for all

Most Canadians don’t realize that 3-D printing is cheaper and more accessible then ever before. One company is hoping people

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Ruffolo

Seeking series B

If we want to build long-lasting companies in Canada, we need more later-stage funding You are a Canadian entrepreneur, with

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Failure, success and entrepreneurship

It’s not failure, but the fear of failure, that holds back our entrepreneurial culture. There are two ideas that tend

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Where’s the big idea?

Our new columnist, venture capital veteran John Ruffolo, on the state of innovation in Canada “Worthwhile Canadian Initiative” was once called the most boring

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Passion project

The quest for fame and fortune shouldn’t be the drivers of entrepreneurial success. The key is being passionate about your

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Exit this way

Selling a company shouldn’t be the goal. Instead, help people solve a problem, then the sale will come Whether you

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