Category Archive for: Leadership

FAAMG. The acronym strikes again.

Yes, big tech continues to grow at exponential rates, and the acronym we all know and love(?) shifts letters as our jaws sit agape at the latest quarterly results. For the uninitiated, that acronym is collectively worth $8T+: $FB, Facebook ($923.6B)$AAPL, Apple ($2.2T)$AMZN, Amazon ($1.7T)$MSFT, Microsoft ($1.9T)$GOOGL, Alphabet Inc. ($1.6T) The #pandemic boosted sales – big time! The phrase “record growth” was a constant theme for Q1…

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TIME Most Influential Companies. Go Canada.

For the first time ever, TIME Magazine has released a list of its top 100 most influential companies, and it is amazing to see two Canadian businesses rocking the inventory. The inaugural list highlights 100 businesses making a major impact around the world, including our very own Shopify (thanks to rockstars Tobias Lütke and Harley Finkelstein and team), and Tilray (Brendan Kennedy and Irwin Simon), a B.C.-based cannabis company.  Check out the whole…

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Crunch. The Big Big Big Apple.

It’s not like Apple didn’t break new ground with its ATT #privacy release – in concert, they are shaking up the technology industry in another B I G way with a $430B investment and 20,000 jobs. “At this moment of recovery and rebuilding, Apple is doubling down on our commitment to U.S. innovation and manufacturing with a generational investment…

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Visa goes big into Crypto

Yes, the tide is shifting and Visa moving with it. Reuters, announced that the payments giant will roll out a pilot program with #crypto platform Crypto.com. Crypto.com already offers its users a Visa card. However, any payments used by the cryptocurrency card have to be converted to fiat, which adds costs and complexities for merchants. Here’s the new process:> A Crypto.com Visa…

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John Ruffolo, Inspiration, and Maverix

John Ruffolo is back and with Managing Partner Mark Maybank they have opened a new company aptly named Maverix Private Equity – run by entrepreneurs, funded by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. The supporting cast of which is nothing but remarkable – John refers to them as “Team Canada” – with advisors > Jim Balsillie, John Bitove, Arlene Dickinson, Peter Gilgan, Dani Reiss, C.M.…

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Amazon adds Healthcare to the Flywheel

Amazon C A R E – is there any aspect of life that Amazon isn’t now trying to serve. The company ticked the #healthcare box on Wednesday by unveiling #AmazonCare, an on-demand health care business, designed as a service that companies can offer their employees. Amazon’s description of the service makes it sound like a much-needed addition to the healthcare…

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Stripe – Silicon Valley’s Most Precious Gem

Stripe just became Silicon Valley’s most precious gem and clearly, Patrick and John Collison have the luck of the Irish as their digital payments brainchild has reportedly raised $600m at a $95B valuation, making it the most valuable private company ever to come out of Silicon Valley. (apparently, they don’t even need the money) Here’s why:…

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Elon Musk is THE Technoking

In the world of R A R E F I E D Elon has no match – Elon Musk has dropped his chief executive job title and crowned himself “Technoking of Tesla”. Tesla‘s chief financial officer, Zach Kirkhorn, has the new title of Master of Coin. #wakeupimagine #culture #cryptocurrency

Backbone Angels

Love this! – Women Leaders who helped build Shopify have launched a new angel group in Canada, focused on investing in women and non-binary founders with a specific focus on Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)-led companies. Called Backbone Angels, the group consists of 10 angel investors who have held various management-level roles at Shopify. The…

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NBCU says D’OH

Sorry for the double entendre – NBCUniversal Media, LLC missed out on billions in gains on Snap Inc. and Peloton Interactive, highlights The Information. This past week Snap crossed an important symbolic milestone: The company, buoyed by an investor presentation that painted a rosy picture of its future, surpassed $100 billion in market value. Its shares are up 320% since late…

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