Nurturing Innovation

It’s been a long time since I have written a post, having been caught up in so many things but Mark Suster’s post a couple of months back “You Need to Win the Battle for Share of Mind” got me thinking about the amazing tech startup community evolving right here in my own back yard.
As CFO of a Montreal telecom company  for over 10 years, I have become very passionate about technology, entrepreneurship, startups and in general, making a difference. As I think about how a generation of web entrepreneurs have changed the world so much over this period, it is amazing to think that Google was born just over 10 years ago, Linkedin 8, Facebook 7 and Groupon less than 3.
Over the past few years I have witnessed the evolution Montreal’s growing startup community. The resources available to repeat as well as first time entrepreneurs continue to grow. New venture capital funds like Real Ventures and SeedPlant Capital, seed accelerators such as Founders Fuel and  Year One Labs as well as blogs like NextMontreal and meetup groups like Mtlnewtech are all contributing  to build the infrastructure necessary to support incredible innovation.
The recent International Startup Festival organized by Phil Telio and an amazing team was incredible and is further evidence of the entrepreneurial spirit in Montreal.
We are not Silicon Valley yet or even Boulder but we are on the right path and I look forward to seeing this trend continue to evolve and prosper.

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