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11 hours ago

Looking for recommendations for B2B (this is critical) SEO agency for a specific project. Not looking for massive strategy/creative at this time -- this is a super tactical, in the weeds, fix the broken sink, kinda project.
Anyone have great/recent experiences. Ideally looking for more than "2 guys in a basement".... but less than "giant superbowl ad agency".... a nice mid-sized player for a nice mid-sized scaleup.

Appreciate any suggestions.
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Hi Roger, we use SEP.ca and they're great. Send me a PM with your email and I can make an intro.

Delta Growth

Hey Roger Beharry Lall I run a design studio with a writer, photographer, and developer/SEO specialist in Toronto. While we typically run both the creative and SEO side, we are more than happy to work with you on the SEO side first and then include creative into a more holistic approach after (if it suits your needs and goals). You can find our work at fookcommunications.com or @fookcomm on Instagram.

Jocelyn Butler

Some of best creative minds are in a basement somewhere right now.

I’d chat with Meg & Affan at Nuscreen Inc.

Hey Roger Beharry Lall I work for a client <> agency matchmaking service that can help with your search for this - sent you a dm!

Can't recommend the gang at Delta Growth enough! dg.agency/

Jess Joyce isn't an agency, but could help or point you to one she trusts

We are launching our SEO agency in couple of months, will send you PM

Zia F

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5 hours ago

[@GoSenso](twitter.com/GoSenso) you are going to the CIX Top 20 finals! Congratulations to the entire team and [@saroopbharwani](twitter.com/saroopbharwani) Great job by the [@CIXCommunity](twitter.com/CIXCommunity) and all the participants - no easy task to pull together a world-class virtual event!

[@inovia](twitter.com/inovia) [@LugeCapital](twitter.com/LugeCapital) [@RisingTideVC](twitter.com/RisingTideVC)

[#breakawaygrowth](twitter.com/hashtag/breakawaygrowth?src=hashtag_click)
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[@GoSenso](https://twitter.com/GoSenso) you are going to the CIX Top 20 finals!   Congratulations to the entire team and [@saroopbharwani](https://twitter.com/saroopbharwani) Great job by the [@CIXCommunity](https://twitter.com/CIXCommunity) and all the participants - no easy task to pull together a world-class virtual event!

[@inovia](https://twitter.com/inovia) [@LugeCapital](https://twitter.com/LugeCapital) [@RisingTideVC](https://twitter.com/RisingTideVC)

[#breakawaygrowth](https://twitter.com/hashtag/breakawaygrowth?src=hashtag_click)

8 hours ago

A founder in my portfolio hasn't been able to qualify for a CMHC approved mortgage and is considering private options. For those of you who are in a similar position or who have lined up private lenders, would love to talk. ... See MoreSee Less

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PM;d

Would love to get some advice as well! Thank you!

I have connections to a good private lender, pm for details

I can support as well through connections.

Talk to Kola Ifambuyi - will DM you his email.

Russel Inspektor can definitely help!!

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6 days ago

Happy Fall πŸ‚ (question for OKR friends & foes)
Wondering if any of you have launched OKRs for your company and are still sticking to the framework for employee size groups of 100-150. Curious what have been some of your key lessons and gather any other words of wisdom around this process. If you are open to having a private chat happy to get on a call too :)
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You know I'm always here to assist. πŸ˜€

The one key thing to this is cascading management reviews. CEO and direct reports need to review KPIs and project status (every week is ideally). Works best if these review meetings cascade down the organization. Managers' key role is to help remove barriers & get efforts unstuck. KPIs tie to projects. Project status should focus on the next deliverable (defined clearly so it is either 'done' or 'not done', 80% is meaningless). (sorry to say but GANTT's, etc. are nice to have but often add little value)

7 months ago

Hey everyone, with my team going remote we are looking for ways to socially engage our team and are looking for an online game that we can have a large group play. I've looked at jackbox.tv games but it looks like most are capped at about 10 people. Does anyone have suggestions for games that we can have a large group log on and play together? ... See MoreSee Less

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Literally working on an article about this as well! I’ve found very little for free.

Netflix party. Not a game but you can watch together and chat

Though you’re right with the limit (most games are max. 8 players) Jackbox is SO fun! I’ve been playing with my improv community while our classes and shows are cancelled What I’ve found works is the top four scorers stay for the next round, and four new ones join. The games are pretty short, so it goes by fast And when you’re not playing, you can join as “audience”, which means you can vote on the current game I’ve been streaming with Zoom by pointing a camera at my TV, then joining the Zoom with another computer. I tried with FB Live, but it had a lag that affected the game and having everyone talking and laughing while we played was the best. It’s been really helpful!

We've got remote workshops your team can do. It's like jackbox games but for learning. www.mybenji.com/lunch-and-learn

We've been enjoying spyfall.adrianocola.com/ and skribbl.io over video during lunch.

Hi Deb Ghosh - My team and I started doing a weekly "Friday Puzzles" session a few years ago and have always thought about turning it into a fun, freemium side project. Maybe it's time to make it a reality with all this forced remote work. At any rate, here are the basics: Each week, a teammate is designated "Puzzle Master" and tasked with creating or finding 3+ puzzles of any variety they choose. Every Friday at 4, we all hop on a Zoom call together and the puzzle master posts puzzles one at a time in a dedicated Slack channel with folks submitting answers via Slack DMs. It's pretty unstructured beyond that but it's super fun and we all look forward to it as a lovely way to close out the week together Let me know if you're interested in trying it out and I'll send you websites to source puzzles from to get you started. Here's a teaser puzzle from last Friday :)

You could ask Stewart Butterfield to create one but he will probably fail and instead accidentally produce a multi billion dollar enterprise software firm. Again.

I recommend Kahoot

We had a lot of fun with it at Aurora.

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1 day ago

Anyone with experience with LI sales lead gen tools like CoPilot? Would love to hear your recos and experiences! ... See MoreSee Less

1 day ago

Looking to speak with other companies using Salesforce about their process for opportunities with multiple products/subscriptions and contracts.

Want to hear what works for others and how much they are able to automate for this process.
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2 weeks ago

Looking to talk to millennials and Gen Z!
I’m Niloo, co-founder at Hello Iris (helloiris.io). We’re building personalized meditations for becoming your best self. Think life coach meets Headspace, with a way to make daily progress towards becoming the best version of you.
We're looking to do user interviews with anyone who fits into one or more of the following categories:
- have used or considered using a life coach
- have used or are currently using any meditation apps (Headspace, Waking Up, Insight Timer)
- have used or are currently using any personal optimization apps (sleep cycle trackers, fitness trackers, food/nutrition trackers)
- have self-care routines
- have resources or frameworks that you follow for mental and emotional wellbeing, motivation and personal growth
We'd love to hear about your experiences and thoughts around building a fulfilling life over a 30-min virtual coffee. It's always a really fun and engaging conversation.
If that's something you're interested in, please send me a message and we'll find a time to chat! Many thanks.
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Hey Niloo, I check a couple of those boxes. Happy to set up a virtual coffee.

Same here. I used head space for 3 years and meditate everyday. Would love to hear more about this startup. Send me a PM

Feel fee to DM me.

Hi Niloo, I think I can help with this! Feel free to PM me :)

Awesome idea happy to chat and help

I'm a millenial.

Bradd Tuck

Used calm, insight timer and pillow (sleep tracking app) for sometime now. Happy to have a virtual coffee. Feel free to DM me.

Love the idea. Believe we met before this pivot, happy to chat Niloo :)

On a diff note, I didn't know you pivot, loved reading your LI post at a time with Montreal accelerator.

great idea, much needed.

Not sure if you still need help but I'm down!

Happy to help πŸ™‹πŸ»‍♀️

Hey, yeah it will be a pleasure

Me!

Late to this but I am an avid headspace user - would love to help and hear more!

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2 weeks ago

I'm looking for anyone that wants to network and talk to me about their Startup and what kind of referrals they are looking for. I like meeting new people and learning about new technologies and I would love to help out where I can. Virtual Coffee is preferable. ... See MoreSee Less

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DMd you.

Hugh Carter

I'm down! I run an SEO agency startup. Shoot me a DM!

DMd!

5 days ago

Does anyone have a firm they recommend for help filing SE&RD forms along with their corperate taxes?

Thanks in advance.
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Bryan Watson is definitely worth talking to, don't know if he does taxes though just SRED (and much more)

100% Welch Bruce Raganold it was a seamless process for us.

We just started working with them: myflow.ca/ - they’ve got great references.

Seconding Bryan Watson.

@bond consulting is amazing!

Without question Irene May Lee

I can help. Sent you a DM.

Zale Tabakman

Stonecracker -- Passed through 2 complete audits got 100%. You want to pick someone who has successfully done audits, not simply filed. I can provide references if you want them.

Irene May Lee is excellent for accounting!

Julie Bond @Bond Consulting

100% Bryan Watson

Mobile Capital Network www.mobilecapital.net/

Sahar Ansary can help!

I have been doing it for 20 years. We charge 15% to 20% or less depending on how much you get back. We only charge of you are successful.

boast.ai has a great, automated approach

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5 days ago

Hi everyone, I need your help! Does anyone know of software that automatically creates schedules based on certain rules?

Ie, say I need 3 types of this worker per shift, and 2 types of this position per shift, and staff can't work 2 weekends in a row, or can't exceed x number of hours per week?

I've been searching off and on for a number of weeks but haven't found anything that can accomplish this.
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You may want to check out 7shifts.com. They may be able to do exactly what you need.

Not sure how many employees but our Ceridian Dayforce product is known for this

Can't remember the name of the company but Drive Capital has a portfolio company that does just that

Sent you a PM

Peter Faist I oversee our success department at 7shifts - let me know if you have any questions!! Happy to help. :)

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5 days ago

Curious what everyone here thinks about their business address? At time of incorporation, I used my personal address but that doesn't feel... safe πŸ˜…?

Are founders here using PO boxes? A virtualized service? Do you have some things (i.e. government-related) going to your home and other things (i.e. publicly available addresses) as that 2nd address? Thanks in advance!
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I have a friend (also my lawyer) with an office. I use their address as my official address. Anything day to day comes to my house.

I use the address of my local Post Office. Nobody ever sends me any physical mail... but if someone were to do so, at least the Post Office would know where to redirect it. :)

I use Regus. They have a virtual office plan for $99 a month.

AnytimeMailbox.com

I use agileoffices at Eaton Centre..it is $33/month.

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1 week ago

Can anyone who is doing company wide profit sharing or other interesting incentives structures. Exploring some new ideas as an agency owner and would appreciate some insights from other founders/coos/ceos ... See MoreSee Less

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Sit down with your head of finance (maybe you?) and do some forecasting. Most shares will be about 1-3% given as a bonus 1-2x a yr. Use that and expected earnings to see if your numbers are viable

If I was running a small firm, I'd personally look into giving shares, and paying out quarterly dividends on them. Provides a bit more flexibility imo

Zoë Jessica - reach out to Cassy Aite on this topic. He's done a lot of research in the past few months on perks and incentive structures: www.linkedin.com/in/cassyaite/

Thank you Zachary Iles and Garry Brownrigg thank you so much!

I just did this for my team - happy to talk through the options I weighed!

Alan Gruda

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6 days ago

I've known Raymond Luk a long time. Along with Alistair Croll and Ian Rae we built and launched Year One Labs. Ray has always cared about supporting the Canadian tech ecosystem and has done a lot, publicly and behind the scenes.

I've been watching his progress with Hockeystick quite closely, because it's been amazing to see the iterations and learning over time. They recently released a free tool for Canadian startups that automatically introduces founders to funders using AI. The types of funders on the platform including US and Canadian VCs, lenders, accelerators and grant funding. With COVID, it's harder for founders to build relationships and networks into the investment ecosystem. I think Hockeystick can help - hockeystick.co
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Ive known Raymond Luk a long time. Along with Alistair Croll and Ian Rae we built and launched Year One Labs. Ray has always cared about supporting the Canadian tech ecosystem and has done a lot, publicly and behind the scenes.

Ive been watching his progress with Hockeystick quite closely, because its been amazing to see the iterations and learning over time. They recently released a free tool for Canadian startups that automatically introduces founders to funders using AI. The types of funders on the platform including US and Canadian VCs, lenders, accelerators and grant funding. With COVID, its harder for founders to build relationships and networks into the investment ecosystem. I think Hockeystick can help - https://hockeystick.co

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Ben Robertson

This is great - thank you

It is a great tool and good to see your post! MEMORIES!!

Thanks Benjamin Yoskovitz. We’re fixing fundraising one match at a time πŸ˜€ And it’s unbelievable how many international funders are joining because they want to deploy capital into Canada. πŸ’° πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

1 week ago

Hi there, we are a fintech startup and looking for an end to end HR solution primarily addressing the following needs :

Platform where we can develop Processes like employee handbook, job description etc, training Manual and update policies as the legislation changes and be able to share with employees as needed

Onboarding and off boarding

Performance and employee engagement

Recruitment with integrations to job boards, background checks, screening - in automated environment. We looked into LinkedIn recruiter lite but wasn’t very impressed with it on stand alone basis

Training for employees ongoing basis

Ongoing retention and culture/employee experience

We are a team of 3 would be growing to 20 in next 8-10 months

Any help would be greatly appreciated

I have looked at humi so far. Very manual and very little automation, no templates. Payroll doesn’t integrate with anything. Recruitment doesn’t integrate with any job board. Fairly limited.

We are in Canada so would be great if we have any all in one platform in Canada

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Following this!

I use RiseHR but it still has to be populated and customized with your handbook and policies. I’ll see what else I can dig up

I'm sure the guys at getaboard.co would love to chat with you (Toronto-based).

Collage

I liked using BambooHR! Great solution for startups.

I don’t know if they also serve Canada. Happy to look at that but I was the impression they are only for US customers

We had the same expectation 3 years ago when we hired bunch of people in Canada, there’s gotta be an automation/app for that, but were disappointed....hey may be its time to get started on this idea.

I am curious though that what takes up the most amount of time from HR functions that is worth investing from automation perspective. Like handbook I can have it created once and updated once a year and employee can read pdf copy that should be okay but employee engagement, onboarding and off boarding along with training, performance reviews, culture enhancement might be all related to finding the right HRIS system with recruitment module that connects with job boards, background checks, screening candidates etc.

AirMason is not a full platform but is a specific solution for employee handbooks. Great Toronto company spun out of Serind Labs. www.airmason.com/

I’ll let you guys know what I end up deciding thanks for your input πŸ™πŸ»

Sorry I have no idea, but sounds like great growth!

Lianne Marie any suggestions?

Hey Atin Gupta we do all of these things Humi !! www.humi.ca happy to help w whatever, feel free to shoot me a DM, or happy to reply here.

Atin Gupta I am a Sr HR exec for a FinTech in the start up world and would be more than willing to jump on a call and walk you through all of the different options out there! It can seem overwhelming πŸ˜‰

Echoing what Jenn Lennox said, I'd be happy to help. I've been in the HR space for 20 years and know the HR tech space inside out. Unfortunately you're not going to find 1 solution that does it all extremely well. If you're planning to grow headcount wise then invest in a good recruitment system like Greenhouse, which would likely integrate into a future HRIS like HiBob, which is my favourite HRIS. Thinking about your future business requirements, employee experience and ability to scale HR are key considerations. Happy to talk further on this.

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1 week ago

Hey guys! Has anyone been able to take advantage of any government grants or funding? Programs like SIF?

Curious how your experience has been, especially if a few of the initial team members are Masters or Ph.D. specialists in their field.
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2 weeks ago

Hi there! Are you a Slack user and do you download Slack Apps? Any favourites? What makes them so special?

Doing some preliminary research for a Slack app that we're getting ready to launch in the new year.
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Early adopter and power user. Have a few apps integrated yes.

Many apps integrated: Polly, Google Drive, Google Calendar, JIRA, GIPHY, Asana, Lever. They either make things easier to execute within Slack or add an enhanced Slack messaging experience.

Zoom, rollbar, asana, gitlab, gcal.

Just installed HubSpot this AM to connect to the chat service in our app. That was mind blowing. Also Calendar, maybe Trello, GitLab

The google sheet integration is pretty cool.

Yes, asana, Google calendar, Google drive, donut. I like being notified when tasks are completed or a meeting is upcoming. Donut to try and build a sense of community.

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