Starting today and until the end of 2013, Montreal-based startups can use their Job Board for FREE.
You read that right. Startups can post as many job listings on Techvibes as they like until December 31, 2013 and they’ll remain live online until the position is filled (or the listing is removed).
Getting started is easy. First make sure your startup is listed in the Techvibes Directory. Once it’s in there, fire a note to firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know you’re interested.
They’ll flip a switch on the backend, send you some instructions and you’ll be good to go.
Read the full announcement on their site here.
Last night we took on our second stop on our PITCH IT tour, our own hometown, Montreal! A full house got to hear from John and Ian about pitching, and then they spent a few hours pitching and getting feedback. Check out the photos below! Next stop, Toronto on Monday!
On Monday we kicked off our Pan-Canadian tour of PITCH IT with Real Ventures in Quebec City. It was a full house, several people got feedback on their pitches and we all enjoyed a beer afterwards. Today we take on our hometown! Check out photos from Monday’s kickoff event below and come back for photos from today’s Montreal workshop!
Join the Canadian Innovation Exchange in MTL on October 2, 2013.
The Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) is one of Canada’s important annual showcase and networking opportunity for emerging technology companies. CIX 2013 brings together the entrepreneurs, investors, funding agencies and services that drive Canada’s innovation economy.
Join them on October 2nd for a complimentary night of cocktails and networking.
Reserve your ticket here.
On Saturday, 21 September 2013 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, the Kongossa Web Series will be in Montreal. An international forum which assembles the most reputable experts of Digital Marketing, Entrepreneurship and the Social Economy to deliver conferences and panels on the most important topics of today, KWS will present 15 speakers who will tackle the following topics:
Virtual Communities and Social Networks
Entrepreneurship, Mobile, Democracy, International Cooperation
Finance, Entrepreneurship and Health
Recruitment, Personal Branding
In addition to the speakers, we’ve teamed up with KWS to present a contest that will reward the Tech project with the biggest positive social impact. In order to participate in the competition, participants must register on EventBrite as Startups. Once registered, the KWS team will send a confirmation accompanied by a participation form. Only 50 projects will be accepted. The top three prizes include $2500, $1500, and $1000 cash prizes, as well as a chance to attend our upcoming Spring 2014 Demo Day for the grand prize winner. Finalists will be decided by a jury to present at the conference, then a public vote on-site will determine the grand prize winners.
Get more details and buy your ticket here.
You work for a startup. You e-mail countless investors, mentors, industry leaders, and contacts in the hopes of “picking their brains” or pitching to them. You’re hoping for their advice, their comments, their money, or just a few minutes of their time. What’s the best way to get a meeting with a very busy bee?
Steve Blank is a very busy man. In response to all the requests he gets for meetings?
“If I’d had infinite time I’d take every one of these “can I have coffee” meetings. But I don’t. So I now prioritize meetings with a new filter: Who is offering me something in return.
No, not offering me money. Not for stock. But who is offering to teach me something I don’t know. The meeting requests that now jump to the top of my list are the few, very smart entrepreneurs who say, “I’d like to have coffee to bounce an idea off of you and in exchange I’ll tell you all about what we learned about xx.”
Instead of it being a one-way street where you reap all the benefits, offering something in return for a meeting (more than just coffee and a business card) makes it much more appealing to the very important person you’re trying to meet. Get thinking about what it is you can offer your mentor, idol, or future investor in exchange for getting a cup of joe with you. The more value you bring to the table, the more likely it is that you’ll be sitting at more tables across from some pretty fantastic people.
Inspiration from FastCompany.
“Great stories happen to those who tell them” (Ira Glass). Tell your story (well), and watch your own stories unfold.
Pitching is a lot like storytelling, so we’ve borrowed these 10 storytelling tips from Susan Fisher to help you tell a more persuasive story. Whether you’re telling a story to your fellow co-founders or pitching to potential investors, these tips can take you a long way
1. Plan your story starting with the takeaway message. Think about what’s important to the audience. The ending is the most important point of the story. This is the message we want to deliver, and the one that will linger with the audience.
2. Keep your stories short for the workplace. Three to five minutes long is about what people can digest in today’s ADD world. (this goes the same for pitches)
3. Good stories are about challenge or conflict. Without these elements, stories aren’t very interesting. The compelling part of a story is how people deal with conflict–-so start with the people and the conflict.
4. Think about your story like a movie. Imagine you are screenwriter with a goal to get your message across. The story has to have a beginning, middle, and end.
5. Start with a person and his challenge, and intensify human interest by adding descriptions of time, place, and people with their emotions.
6. Be creative. Create a storyboard; draw it out, while listening to music or reading something for inspiration. A good story always has ups and downs, so “arc” the story. Pull people along, and introduce tension, just like in a fairy tale. (“From out of nowhere, the wolf jumps onto the path…”
7. Intensify the story with vivid language and intonation. Tap into people’s emotions with language. Use metaphors, idioms, and parables that have emotional associations. (Note: For more on this, see Leo Widrich’s article entitled, “Which Words Matter Most When You Talk” and studies on intonation performed by Ingrid Johnsrude at Cambridge University).
8. When using [slides], use appropriate graphics/pictures to convey your message. Stay away from text and complicated graphics. A single picture interlaced with emotional language will go a long way to convey your message.
9. Most of us have not told stories in front of an audience since English class in high school. So you will need to practice. Tell your story in front of a friendly audience and get feedback [like your co-founders]. Gauge your pace, and take note of the story’s length and your use of language. It will be a bit rusty at first, but underneath it all, we are all born storytellers.
10. The most important point is to make the switch within; because once you internalize that today’s “left-brain” communication style doesn’t work very well and you realize that stories are how people really communicate, you will find it a lot easier to proceed…because it’s authentic. And that is what really persuades.
Think your team has what it takes?Apply