The StartCanada Blog provides insights about some of the work that we’re doing; including web design / development, design thinking, social media marketing, small business information, trends, tips, ideas and inspiration for start-ups, professionals, non-profits and small businesses.
Source: Canadian Business, April 2016
Photo: Ceiling of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto by Angelo Narciso
Source: Jeanne M. Liedtka, Design Thinking, University of Virginia
Aaron Lewis, a design intern at Uber, ended an article he wrote with... "Owning a car will one day be like owning a horse - fun for the wealthy, but financially foolish for everyone else." It makes sense to me. However, the road towards that idea continues to inspire a lot of design ideas and opportunities. Here is FastCompany's Most Innovative list for the Automotive Sector in 2016:
Source/s: FastCompany Magazine, March 2016
Photo: Charging the Tesla Model S at Tesla, Robson Street, Vancouver by Angelo Narciso
Canada has been welcoming Americans for a long time, although the country loses more to its bigger, richer neighbour than it gains from it. Canada was popular during prohibition, and again during the Vietnam War, when thousands of Americans came along with writers, architects, educators and others who added so much to the richness and economic vitality of the country. No doubt the welcome mat will be put out again.
There is a buzz out there that some Americans are thinking that it might be a time to consider moving to Canada; Even starchitect Frank Gehry is thinking of returning after 70 years away. Many American news sources have taken note of a website“Cape Breton if Trump Wins,” which is full of useful information. But most Canadians would say Cape Breton? Really?
Right now the country is a mix of good and bad news; economically it's not so hot, with its addiction to oil and commodity revenues. That’s caused the loonie (what Canadians call their dollar) to drop like a rock; this is hard on Canadians but just wonderful for Americans who find their dollar goes way farther up here. If you have a telecommuting job that you can do in Canada while getting paid in U.S. dollars, you have scored.
It's an excellent read. Love the old postcards, too. Go for it. Read the complete article.
Source: Mother Nature Network
Photo: Angelo Narciso, Canadian Pacific Railway, Banff National Park, Alberta
The MIT Technology Review picks 10 emerging technologies that have a chance of solving big problems and opening up new opportunities. The 10 technologies that you need to know about are as follows:
Witness the design and development process undertaken by the team behind the logo for the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Top 3 Most Important Communication Channels
Top 3 Social Media Sites
Source: Philanthropy News Digest
Bonuses are more effective when awarded to teams instead of individuals, according to new joint findings by the Universities of Leicester, Sydney and Western, Sydney.
The researchers found that group rewards generate more co-operative, better-performing teams and individuals, than individual-based rewards.
Importantly, the best and worst performers both did better work in a group bonus system. Poor performers, who would typically be at risk of being fired under individual reward systems, were found to be "essential to the effective functioning of the group," according to the researchers, who refer to them as 'self-sacrificers.' Why? They're the ones who put aside their own work to help colleagues in need. If they get sacked, the whole group falls apart.
Source/s: Canadian Business, February 2016
Photo: Angelo Narciso, Santa Claus Parade, Toronto.
"Design thinking is an approach to problem solving that encourages these qualities as teams combine right-brain creative thinking with left-brain analytical thinking."
- - - Jeanne Liedtka, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
Google for Entrepreneurs, moderated by Kaili Emmrich, features three business and product design leaders to expound on how design thinking can be a vital tool for start-ups and entrepreneurs. They are:
Excerpts from interviews with: John Berthels of Cocoon, Grant Robinson of Atomic, Dean Elwood of Voxygen, Elizabeth Shassere of Textocracy, Scott Nelson of BigControls and Steven Rahseparian of Secured Universe.
Has your age affected your life as a startup founder?
What would you say to someone thinking of moving from a steady job into entrepreneurship?
Source/s: The Next Web
Photo: Angelo Narciso, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton.
Photo: Angelo Narciso, New Year's Eve Fireworks, Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, Alberta
Wishing you a Christmas filled with meaningful fun and cheer! Merry Christmas!
Photo: Angelo Narciso, Santa Claus Parade, Toronto, Ontario
Four years ago, Canada became the first country to withdraw from the 1997 Kyoto Protocol that set global targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions... A lot has changed since then... "Canada is back," said Canadian Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna.
Source/s: Los Angeles Times
Photo: © Angelo Narciso, Wind Turbines, Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada
Photo: © Angelo Narciso, Eiffel Tower, Paris
The Top 10 Overall
Most Lucrative Markets
Most Affordable Cities
Most Business Friendly Cities
Source/s: Canadian Business Magazine, November 2015
Photo: © Angelo Narciso, Royal Canadian Mint, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Source/s: Alberta Venture Magazine, November 2015
Source: Bruce Philp, Canadian Business Magazine, November 2015
Photo: Angelo Narciso
... Ranked by the only metric that matters - the respect of average Canadians.
MEC CEO David Labistour on the company's logo / company rebrand: "... the more complicated the logo was, the less power it had. The simpler and more utilitarian your logo is, the more it shows up on the screen of a mobile phone."
Source: Canadian Business Magazine, October 2015
Photo: © Angelo Narciso, Canoe on Lake Louise
StartCanada is a Canadian company that designs, develops and manages elegant and effective websites for start-ups, professionals, non-profits and small businesses. StartCanada also provides social media marketing services for its clients.
Angelo Narciso leads StartCanada and is involved with business development, the design thinking process of web design / development, website management and social media marketing.