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  • Nivatha Balendra on growing your company, even in the most daunting times

    Over the last year, we have seen an important evolution in the global economy with increased focus on sustainability. At Dispersa, our goal was to continue accelerating despite the setbacks of the pandemic by quickly identifying opportunities. As the global crisis continued to develop, we noticed that consumer demand for products such as disinfectants and […]

    January 7, 2021

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  • Julie Angus on the power of innovation networks

    Building a startup is tough. It’s not enough to just start a company — it needs to grow into an enterprise that employs people, sells services or goods and makes a difference in the world. This is especially true when you are building a cleantech company, which often involves hardware and requires significant R&D before […]

    January 7, 2021

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  • Luna Yu on turning personal mistakes into team wins

    The last few months of 2019 were a difficult time for us. Looking back at my schedule during the summer, I realized I had not adequately pushed the company forward. Busy work, the pursuit of shiny new things, and avoiding difficult decisions were the cause. I don’t want to fall into the same potholes going […]

    January 7, 2021

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  • Amanda Hall on the “rocket fuel” that propels successful teams

    Early one morning, I logged into a soundcheck for a virtual panel discussion. The A.V. folks asked us to answer the question, “What did you eat for breakfast?” as a means of testing the connection. After hearing responses ranging from toast, eggs, yogurt, cereal, etc., it was my turn. I paused briefly and answered: “In […]

    January 7, 2021

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  • Navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic

    It was the morning of March 13 when I received an email saying that companies were under government directives to start working remotely due to the novel coronavirus. Our lab buildings were shut down immediately and we had no means of recuperating any of our items. What started off as a two-week notice to my […]

    July 27, 2020

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  • Reflecting on what matters most

    Q2 presented a unique opportunity for us to slow down, reflect on what matters most, and take steps in re-directing our focus. It helped us recognize critical things we’ve overlooked in the past year. One of these things is maintaining a fanatic drive to better understand our customers. Since inception, we have gone through many […]

    July 27, 2020

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  • Surviving and thriving through challenges

    When I decided I was going to row across the Atlantic Ocean, I didn’t know it was going to be the worst hurricane season in all of history. We had looked at all the historical weather data and chose a route to minimize our chances of encountering a storm, yet three weeks into our journey […]

    July 27, 2020

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  • Fundraising during a pandemic

    This year, Evercloak has been going through massive change. In February, Evercloak was announced as a winner of NRCan’s Breakthrough Energy Solutions program, supporting a $1.2-million project to accelerate our technology development. In May, wegraduated from the Creative Destruction Lab’s energy stream in Calgary. And by June, we closed a round of seed funding. It’s […]

    July 27, 2020

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  • Don’t take “no” for an answer

    I have never once bought a lottery ticket. My father and mother taught me that there are no short cuts to successfully reaching one’s goals. Hard work and “stick-to-it-iveness” is the only way. They didn’t just preach this as an adage, they modeled it with their tireless commitment to pursuing their visions. I was fortunate […]

    July 27, 2020

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  • Is “academic” thinking really different than “business” thinking?

    Upon spinning off Solistra from the Ozin lab at the University of Toronto, the main piece of advice from my advisors was that I needed to switch my mindset from “academic” thinking to “business” thinking. They indicated they had seen this in many graduate students trying to spin off companies from their graduate research, and […]

    July 27, 2020

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