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Spiegel Sohmer

 Spiegel Sohmer is a firm of attorneys offering state-of-the-art expertise to a diversified business clientele seeking solutions that are innovative, concrete, and pragmatic. Our firm groups some forty five attorneys who concentrate principally within three broad specialties: business law (including Intellectual Property), tax law and litigation.  Spiegel Sohmer has extensive experience representing companies at all stages of their life cycle, from start up through to exit, and also represents a wide array of investors: www.spiegelsohmer.com 

Richter

Richter is, above all, a financial consulting services firm offering strategic support and has been a recognized member of the business community since 1926. Richter entire team consists of more than 450 partners, experts, high-level professionals and administrative employees. Because of this collective expertise, our firm has an unrivalled reputation and has earned the respect of the business community.

Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada is the only national, non-profit organization to provide financing, mentoring, and support tools for every business stage to aspiring business owners and startup founders: www.futurpreneur.ca

Kruger

Founded in 1904, Kruger Inc. is a major producer of publication papers, tissue, lumber and other wood products, corrugated cartons from recycled fibres, green and renewable energy and wines and spirits. The Company is also a leader in paper and paperboard recycling in North America. Kruger operates facilities in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador and the United States. (www.kruger.com

 


 

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NACO Canada

The National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) accelerates a thriving, early-stage investing ecosystem in Canada by connecting individuals, groups, and other partners that support Angel-stage investing. NACO provides intelligence, tools and resources for its members; facilitates key connections across networks, borders and industries; and helps to inform policy affecting the Angel asset-class.

Anges Quebec

Anges Québec’s mission is to help its angel investors make profitable investments in innovative companies in a wide range of industries and in all regions of Quebec. To this end, Anges Québec identifies the best entrepreneurs and business projects and supports the Anges Québec members who finance them.

RJCCQ

Le RJCCQ soutient un réseau de jeunes chambres de commerce et d’ailes jeunesse à travers le Québec, représentant plus de 8 000 jeunes professionnels, cadres, travailleurs autonomes et entrepreneurs âgés de 18 à 40 ans.

JCCM

La Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal (JCCM) est un regroupement de près de 1 600 jeunes cadres, professionnels, entrepreneurs et travailleurs autonomes âgés de 18 à 40 ans, ce qui en fait un des plus grands réseaux de jeunes gens d’affaires au monde.

Hacking Health

Hacking Health is designed to improve healthcare by inviting technology creators and healthcare professionals to collaborate on realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line problems.

NM

Noticias Montreal is a Spanish-language media based in Montreal and founded by a group of immigrant journalists. Its main goal is to provide the latest news, information and features about Montreal, Quebec, Canada. NM wants to offer a helping hand in the immigration and integration process of the numerous newcomers as well as promoting the Spanish language.

La Gare

La Gare is a collaborative workspace. A place to work, connect and learn in the heart of the Mile End.

 

How to Kick Ass by Kicking Assumptions, by Tony Greenberg

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-04-01

Founder Feedback gives you insight from the startup trenches.

In this post from his blog, Tony Greenberg, CEO of RampRate and Los Angeles Founder Institute mentor, outlines 10 questions founders should be able to answer before embarking on a new project. He says “If you, your clients and your teammates all have the same answer to these questions, your chances of a successful, on-time project go way up.”

Below, How to Kick Ass by Kicking Assumptions has been republished;

"Some people are word people. They really like words. Me, I’m more of a deeds guy. But there is one word I really don’t like. That word is “assume.” It’s use screws up more promising projects and progress than just about anything I know. Most people have heard that old line about what “assume” does to people, using the components of the word to make the point. It’s dead on.

    Still, intuitive assumptions about behavior is only the starting point of systematic analysis, for alone they do not yield many interesting implications. Gary Becker

So, in my years-long quest to stomp “assume” out of every conversation, relationship, business deal and work project that I have, I’ve developed a list of 10 (more or less) key questions I want answered before and after every project or signpost. If you, your clients and your teammates all have the same answer to these questions, your chances of a successful, on-time project go way up. I  often apply these questions using  Basecamp, as milestones that need to be answered so a project can move forward with improved communication, workflow and expectations.

If a project will take more than a day or involves more than two people, I like to have these questions created as milestones in a Basecamp project. If you want everyone to know, add the questions as a template in your projects. When overseeing a project, I prefer to answer these questions in a conversation, but others may prefer to do it through email or some other method. Whatever works for you, but ask these questions, and get them answered. As these are basic critical thinking exercises, they take a bit more time yet the outcome is far better.

What you are doing is emulating a translation for different personality types, be in conceptual, linear  adopting or changing behaviours. This delineation is best found through simple assessments;  Team Dimensions Profile maps the flow of assigning roles, completing tasks, and handing off tasks to other team members through the “Z Process.” In this relay process, tasks are passed from Creators to Advancers, From Advancers to Refiners, and from Refiners to Executors. Flexers fill in the gaps to keep the process moving forward. http://bit.ly/Yv8q45

What to Ask When You Start

1) What are this project’s goals for the company and for me? Why was this goal created?

2) How do we measure success? Time to finish? Resources allocated? Lowest cost?

3) What factors will help the project’s successful, on-time delivery? What will hinder it?

4) What resources (people, time, money) do you suggest? Or should I figure that out myself?

5) What are the best check-in points to monitor progress toward completion?  How should we communicate with each other regarding these milestones or check-ins?

6) What will be delivered or presented at check-ins? What format would you like this task or project in?

What to Ask When You Finish

1) What are the results of the project?

2) How do those results map back to our original goals and metrics of success?

3) What was the investment of time and effort versus the budget applied?

4) How can we improve the outcome for this kind of task next time? Any lessons to be learned? I  look forward to your thoughts when experiencing this process and how you can help me make it better.

 I  invite you to improve this process, share your thoughts and ideas. Thanks."

 

For more startup insights from Tony, follow him on Twitter @RampRateTony and register for the Los Angeles Founder Institute, which is currently accepting applications for the Spring Semester.

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