Rogers Talks 2016: Jason Silver
The Growth Lead for Airbnb Canada says failure is often just a prelude to success Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it’s proven to be highly beneficial to Jason Silver. The current Growth Lead for Airbnb Canada has been propelled through life with an inquisitive mind. While studying engineering at Carleton University, he learned how to solve problems and build great products. Later, working as an engineer at Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital, he helped build and deploy a proof-of-concept medical device and discovered his interest in learning what it takes to turn great products into great businesses. From there, he transitioned to an early-stage medical device startup, working in business development. Building on that experience, Silver went on to found two companies that help small businesses leverage technology to grow. Ready for another new challenge, he met for coffee with more than 50 entrepreneurs – “a lot of dynamic and inspiring people,” he says – in Toronto two years ago and learned about...
Rogers Talks 2016: Brian Wong
The author of The Cheat Code recommends an unorthodox route to success It sounds harsh, but Brian Wong thinks you can cheat your way to the top. He even wrote a book about it called The Cheat Code. In fact, he “cheated” his way through high school, skipping four grades to graduate at age 14, then earned his B. Comm. from the University of British Columbia at 18. The cheat conceit, of course, is that he’s a genius. Wong capitalized on that ingenuity to found his own company, Kiip (pronounced keep) – a mobile-rewards and advertising network – right out of university. He’s the youngest person to ever receive funding from TechCrunch and The Wall Street Journal, and was named one of Forbes’s 30 Under 30. He took a moment to answer our questions. Q. So when you advise people to “cheat,” what are you really telling them?
Rogers Talks 2016: Devon Brooks
Take cutting-edge risks, advises this youthful entrepreneur, and don’t fear being branded a black sheep As a second-year university student in 2007, Vancouver-based Devon Brooks co-founded Blo as part of a class project . The popular blow-dry bar quickly grew into an international franchise chain with more than 70 locations. At the peak of its success in 2010, Brooks left the company but remains a shareholder. She now focuses on mentoring other entrepreneurs through her latest venture, Dev’s Development.
Rogers Talks 2016: Nicolas Duvernois
An award-winning Quebec vodka maker explains the importance of thinking outside the box and taking a chance Nicolas Devernois is the founding president of PUR vodka and romeo’s gin. Once while placing his weekly liquor order, restaurateur Nicolas Duvernois contemplated vodka’s popularity and wondered why it always came from Poland and Russia. His own province of Quebec was home to some of the cleanest, clearest waters in the world – why was no one taking advantage of that?