Everything is broken, what a great time to be alive!
I am an entrepreneur committed to building businesses that have a positive impact on the world. I have co-founded and run several companies; 2 in Europe, 2 in Canada (one of which went public on the Toronto Stock Exchange) and one in Silicon Valley.
My strengths lie in integrating diverse concepts. I'm a highly creative problem solver and connector of people and ideas. I have been told consistently throughout my life that I think very differently than most and have a unique perspective.
I love the startup stage, creative partnership building, personal development, innovation, marketing and business development.
I have used and received almost every kind of financing; debt, equity, government grants, foundation grants, public markets, crowdfunding and my favorite, bootstrapping. I'm very passionate about designing new forms of financing to support businesses building a better world.
I also have well-practiced and effective program development skills from having launched dozens of programs which focus on youth, technology, social and women's entrepreneurship.
I'm a student of how to create high performance teams. To me, a focus on culture and values is critical to drive excellence in personal and business potential.
I have been a passionate and committed mentor to over 1000 businesses in my career and am currently working with hundreds of entrepreneurs working on the World’s To Do List.
Specialties: business start-up, “remover of obstacles” aka creative bootstrapping, business model hacking, actualizing concepts, synthesizing, innovation, vision, culture-building, network building, behavior change, strategy, inspiration and storytelling as a pathway to culture change.
This graphic below is a summary of some of the questions I’ve asked over the years and how I’ve experimented to find the answers (or not). I’m always learning, experimenting, innovating, failing and tweaking everything I do in the pursuit one thread: What are the conditions to help us reach our potential? To help us thrive? What kinds of environments help us to feel the most free so we bring our dreams and actualize them?