Float or Founder: Toronto Startup Entrepreneur Stories

Float or Founder: Toronto Startup Entrepreneur Stories

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Float or Founder is the Toronto startup podcast. Learn from the career and management experiences of local startup and business entrepreneurs, founders, executives, and venture capitalists in Toronto, Canada. Hosted by Samantha Lloyd and Lisen Kaci of …


Meet startup entrepreneurs in Toronto
May 13 • 1 min
Float or Founder returns for season two in June 2020! We can’t wait to bring you more stories from startup founders and entrepreneurs in Toronto, Canada.
34 - Farhan Thawar, Helpful & Pivotal
Feb 2 • 36 min
Farhan Thawar shares his experience going through an acquisition not once, but twice, with his former companies Helpful and Dialogue.
Special! #movethedial minisode with Jesse Draper, Halogen Ventures
Jan 29 • 25 min
We’re back with another #movethedial minisode! Jesse Draper of Halogen Ventures, a firm that invests in co-ed led, early stage consumer technology companies. Jesse discusses the importance of diversity on a team, in a product, and what Halogen looks for…
33 - Michelle McBane, MaRS IAF/StandUp Ventures
Jan 26 • 34 min
Michelle McBane of MaRS IAF and StandUp Ventures provides insights into getting an investment for your company, becoming a VC, and the Toronto investment scene.
32 - Devon Leichtman & Prashant Shukla, Origin Ventures
Jan 19 • 50 min
Prashant Shukla and Devon Leichtman take us into Origin Ventures - their VC firm based in Chicago and discuss investing in Canada and what they’re looking for.
Special! #movethedial minisode with Eva Lau, Two Small Fish Ventures
Jan 16 • 20 min
Eva Lau of Two Small Fish Ventures shares her journey in the Toronto tech scene and supporting burgeoning startups as a VC.
31 - Joanne Fedeyko, Connection Silicon Valley
Jan 12 • 26 min
Joanne Fedeyko of Connection Silicon Valley discusses differences between startups, funding, and opportunities in Canada versus Silicon Valley and how she bridges those gaps.
30 - Melissa & Jonathan Nightingale, Raw Signal Group
Jan 5 • 35 min
Melissa & Jonathan Nightingale of Raw Signal Group share proper management techniques, why they matter in the tech ecosystem, and the journey of co-authoring a book together.
Special! #movethedial minisode with Dr. Sarah Saska of Feminuity
Dec 18, 2019 • 11 min
On this special #movethedial episode, we speak with Dr. Sarah Saska of Feminuity about diversity and inclusion.
29 - Shane Vitaly of Compound Studio
Dec 15, 2019 • 30 min
Shane Vitaly talks to us about building successful fashion brands in Toronto. From running a brick-and-mortar store, to the challenges of working with factories, to securing a deal on Dragon’s Den, Shane goes into everything his fashion brand has faced…
28 - Mark Graham of commonsku
Dec 8, 2019 • 28 min
People always tells you to create a business idea out of a personal pain point. Have you ever been running a company and been frustrated by an industry pain point and decided to solve that? That’s exactly what Mark Graham of commonsku did. During his…
27 - Jodi Echakowitz of Boulevard PR
Dec 2, 2019 • 34 min
Jodi Echakowitz of Boulevard PR
26 - Carolyn Plater, Stephanie Kersta of Hoame
Nov 24, 2019 • 29 min
Carolyn Plater and Stephanie Kersta speak to us about running the huge downtown meditation centre, Hoame. They talk about their past in addiction, health, and wellness and how their meditation practice came to be.
25 - Derek Hopfner, Shane Murphy of Founded
Nov 17, 2019 • 34 min
Derek Hopfner and Shane Murphy of Founded discuss how their first business informed their current start up, growing a team, finding investors early on, and the importance of putting ideas into action.
24 - Jodi Kovitz of #movethedial
Nov 10, 2019 • 31 min
Jodi Kovitz, founder and CEO of #movethedial, discusses women in tech, STEM in the education system, and how she created a diverse team at #movethedial.
23 - Erin Bury & Kevin Oulds of Willful
Nov 3, 2019 • 45 min
Erin Bury and Kevin Oulds of Willful discuss the difficulties of rebranding wills and estate planning, being a husband-and-wife co-founder team, building a solid brand, and having revenue early on.
22 - Heather Payne of Juno College
Oct 28, 2019 • 32 min
Heather Payne shares the process of rebranding HackerYou into Juno College of Technology. She discusses how parenthood changed her perspective, the benefits of joining Y Combinator, and the big goals for Juno.
21 - Shannon Ferguson & Kris McCarthy, FanSaves
Oct 20, 2019 • 27 min
Shannon Ferguson and Kris McCarthy are the co-founders of sports tech startup, FanSaves. They discuss how they travel, pitch, and manage their company as a couple in life and in business.
20 - Erica Pearson of Vacation Fund
Oct 6, 2019 • 31 min
Erica Pearson, Founder and CEO of Vacation Fund, talks about the difficulties facing VCs as a first-time founder, how she built a scrappy and very manual MVP for her initial users, and how she takes time off and adopts the mission of Vacation Fund in her…
19 - Justin Thouin, LowestRates.ca
Sep 30, 2019 • 38 min
Justin Thouin is the co-founder and CEO of LowestRates.ca. Justin shares with us his perspective in funding the company without raises, working with insurance companies, and how entrepreneurship really is.
Float or Founder LIVE @ Dovetail Basecamp: Episode 18 - Kelsey Ramsden
Sep 22, 2019 • 26 min
Kelsey Ramsden is a tried and true entrepreneur who has run multiple 8-figure companies. She discusses running online versus offline companies, how to win business awards, and how important mentorship is to your success.
17 - Trang Trinh of TREC Brands
Sep 16, 2019 • 35 min
Please note that this episode pertains to the cannabis industry. Trang Trinh, the Founding Director of TREC Brands, talks about being part of the recently-legalized cannabis industry in Canada and what it takes to lead a new industry.
16 - Chanele McFarlane, Do Well Dress Well
Sep 9, 2019 • 30 min
Chanele McFarlane, Editor-in-Chief and founder of Do Well Dress Well discusses the challenges and benefits of running a content platform, how she’s impacting diversity in networking events, and learning to be happy running a side hustle that doesn’t…
15 - Gary Saarenvirta of Daisy Intelligence
Sep 1, 2019 • 37 min
Gary Saarenvirta is the founder and CEO of Daisy Intelligence. He’s a technical CEO who built the original software behind Daisy. Gary discusses what AI actually is, the dream of growing a huge brand, and raising capital.
14 - Bobby Umar, DYPB
Aug 25, 2019 • 34 min
We all hear about personal brand, but how does someone actually build one? Bobby Umar talks to us about his best tips for getting on the speaker circuit, breaks down what a personal brand is and how to create a thought leadership brand around yourself,…
13 - Shawn Hewat, Peter Kotzeff, Wavy
Aug 18, 2019 • 33 min
Shawn Hewat and Peter Kotzeff, co-founders of Wavy, discuss how two people with marketing-backgrounds lead an app-based company. They share their go-to tools, plans for monetization, and how they want to involve themselves in all cities Wavy is part of.
12 - Alexis Dean of Dovetail Community + Basecamp
Aug 11, 2019 • 31 min
Alexis Dean takes us through her process running events, like Dovetail Basecamp, and teams for Dovetail Community.
11 - Erik Lloyd of Brink Bionics
Aug 4, 2019 • 25 min
Erik Lloyd talks about pivoting Brink Bionics, a human and robotics/AI interface company that he co-founded. They’re working on levelling the playing field for gamers with their new product, IMPULSE.
10 - Sheba Zaidi of County Wine Tours
Jul 29, 2019 • 38 min
Sheba Zaidi, the co-founder of County Wine Tours, tells us how great it can be to get into business with friends, how to manage employees when you’re not on the ground with them, and how this “side hustle” is propped for a sale.
9 - Kerri-Lynn McAllister of Pawzy
Jul 21, 2019 • 39 min
Kerri-Lynn talks to us pre-launch about her pet health and wellness marketplace, Pawzy, and how any founder can use keyword and market research to hone in on the perfect MVP.
8 - Edwin Frondozo of Business Leadership Podcast
Jul 14, 2019 • 34 min
Edwin is a long-time entrepreneur with 15 years under his belt who gives us insight into being the co-founder and CEO of Slingshot VoIP, and advice for running an award-winning podcast host.
7 - Rachel Kelly of Make Lemonade
Jul 7, 2019 • 37 min
Rachel Kelly talks about her experience launching a co-working space and how she managed contractors, Toronto’s real estate market, hiring a team, and leading a beautifully branded space for other founders to launch their companies.
6 - Shira Yoskovitch of Handled
Jul 1, 2019 • 39 min
We hang out with Shira Yoskovitch to learn about her concierge service Handled and what it takes to run a customer service operation and how to handle criticism and feedback.
5 - Nadeem Nathoo of The Knowledge Society
Jun 24, 2019 • 42 min
Nadeem Nathoo, co-founder of The Knowledge Society, discusses founding a company with his brother, the problems he believes we will conquer next, and the importance of teaching wisdom and adaptability to the younger generations to help them succeed.
4 - Jeanette Stock, Simon Mills of Venture Out
Jun 16, 2019 • 35 min
Jeanette Stock and Simon Mills talk to Float or Founder about their journeys within running an organization, the truth behind operating a non-profit, and how to better serve your users.
3 - Jennifer Couldrey of Upside Foundation
Jun 9, 2019 • 29 min
We sit down with Jennifer Couldrey to learn more about how companies are giving back with the Upside Foundation and learn how other founders like you can get involved.
2 - Zack Yassin
Jun 3, 2019 • 34 min
We sit down at home with Zack Yassin, Creative Director of Taizu’s latest album who talks about the Toronto versus LA music scene, diversity in music, and how the music industry is today.
1 - Fatima Zaidi of Quill
May 26, 2019 • 48 min
Fatima Zaidi sits down with Samantha and Lisen of Float or Founder to discuss raising seed capital, sourcing an advisory board, finding a CTO, and swimming with the sharks.