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Three Farmers - How to Bring a New Product to Market

9/21/2018
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The consumer packaged goods industry is ruthless, with established brands using millions of marketing dollars to keep upstarts from ever getting a foothold. Yet Saskatoon's Natasha Vandenhurk was able to take Three Farmers, a CPG company based around its flagship product Camelina Oil, to new heights, even in the face of strict competition. Over the course of our conversation, we learn directly how she was able to build up a well-known Canadian brand from nothing, and the logistics that went...

Duration:00:35:59

The Rainforest: How to Build the Next Silicon Valley - Greg Horowitt & Jim Gibson

9/7/2018
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Greg Horowitt is the Co-Author of "The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley". Jim Gibson is on the front lines of doing just that in Alberta, following up a decades-long career in technology with the "Rainforest Alberta" - an intiative to bring innovation and collaboration to the province's technology scene. Bootkik CEO Leighton Healey sat down with both to talk about the origins of the Rainforest movement, and how it's growing in Alberta

Duration:01:15:57

Joel Semeniuk - Leveraging AI to Innovate your Organization

8/31/2018
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Joel Semeniuk is probably the closest thing we've found to Canada's Elon Musk. He is a visionary technologist that spends his time foreseeing the future, and then working to build it. Over the course of our chat, Joel unpacks the upcoming AI wave, and how small businesses can get on board, and what other giant technical leaps are coming down the pike. He touches on everything from augmented reality to biosuits, it's a chat you don't want to miss!

Duration:00:39:47

4iiii Innovations - Solving for Opportunities, and Protecting Your IP

8/24/2018
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Kip Fyfe, CEO & Co-Founder of 4iiii Innovations has a long history of entrepreneurship, featuring highs and lows. During our interview, Kip told the story of developing a FitBit-like device, years before its time, only to struggle with gaining traction. During this process, Kip learned some lessons about Intellectual Property that may have cost him billions. Today, Kip has leveraged those experiences, good and bad, to identify opportunities and build products around them.

Duration:00:42:32

321 Growth Academy - Growing your Startup with Lean Sales

8/17/2018
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Carey Houston, Founder of 321 Growth Academy, is a growth and sales expert, and runs a sales accelerator for B2B startups. Carey gives deep into creating a lean sales process, and how to get over selling, even if you have a natural aversion to it. For more info on selling, check out 321 Growth Academy at 321growthacademy.com - and visit Bootkik at http://bootkik.com

Duration:00:24:44

Wattpad & Two Small Fish Ventures - The Role of Angel Investment in Canada

8/10/2018
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Eva Lau, Head of Community at Wattpad and Co-Founder of Two Small Fish Ventures, chats with Bootkik CEO Leighton Healey about her formula for network effects, or the idea of creating a community that gets stronger and grows faster as more people join the platform. Eva has successfully used these network effects to build up Wattpad to become a website with hundreds of millions of views every month. Over the course of their chat, they also dive into Canada's angel investment scene, with all...

Duration:00:39:41

Skip The Dishes - Finding Your First Customers

8/3/2018
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Andrew Chau, Co-Founder of food delivery app Skip The Dishes, sits down with Bootkik to unpack how Skip built up its 3-sided marketplace, starting with getting restaurant owners on board. In a conversation that's relevant for any entrepreneur building a business from scratch, Andrew chats how they were able to figure out the pain points of each customer, and build their pitch around that. Over the course of our 45 minute chat, Andrew also dives into what it's like to compete with behemoths...

Duration:00:43:50

Announcing: Season 2 of the Bootkik Podcast!

7/27/2018
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Bootkik is back! Season 2 of the Bootkik Podcast launches on August 3rd. This season we sit down with Skip The Dishes, Wattpad, 1800GotJunk, and over a dozen other entrepreneurs and small business owners from cities across Canada!

Duration:00:04:54

Wild Tea Kombucha - Why Athletes Make Great Entrepreneurs

8/8/2017
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Emily Baadsvik and Brigette Freel are co-founders of Wild Tea Kombucha, but they seem like an unlikely pair to start a business together. One is a former Olympic Team Member, the other is a former government worker - but their shared love of Kombucha led them to flip off the status quo, and instead pursue the entrepreneurial life.

Duration:00:32:32

Wave Accounting - Build Your Small Business Through Elbow Grease Marketing

7/24/2017
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James Lochrie is the co-founder of Wave Accounting, and had a crucial insight less than a decade ago: for many entrepreneurs, accounting is one of the worst parts of running a business, and very few people want to pay for something they don't really want to do in the first place. James took this insight and turned it into Wave Accounting, a business that has grown to serving over 2 million customers with an innovative "pay-as-you-go" model. Of course, growth like Wave's usually leads to...

Duration:00:30:01

Camp Brand Goods - Mastering Social Media & Taking the Leap Into Entrepreneurship

7/10/2017
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Camp Brand Goods is an apparel company that was originally designed to be a creative outlet, nothing more. Instead, it morphed into something far bigger, and took founders Connor Gould & Leslie McNeilly for an incredible ride. Over the course of our 45 minute interview, we sit down with Camp to chat about how they were able to amass over 165,000 followers on Instagram, what it's like to turn your passion project into a full-time gig, and much more.

Duration:00:47:27

Camp Brand Goods - Mastering Social Media & Taking the Leap

7/10/2017
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Camp Brand Goods is an apparel company that was originally designed to be a creative outlet, nothing more. Instead, it morphed into something far bigger, and took founders Connor Gould & Leslie McNeilly for an incredible ride. Over the course of our 45 minute interview, we sit down with Camp to chat about how they were able to amass over 165,000 followers on Instagram, what it’s like to turn your passion project into a full-time gig, and much more.

Duration:00:47:27

Keith Driver - The Undiscovered World of Agricultural Entrepreneurship

6/26/2017
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Keith Driver is a social justice entrepreneur, whose goal is to help create businesses that feed the 7 billion people on the planet. The agricultural world is not always assumed to be hyper-entrepreneurial, but according to Keith, those who ignore it do so at their own peril. We sat down with Keith to talk about the opportunity the ag-world provides, and how Keith has been able to learn from failure on his path to success.

Duration:00:46:36

Keith Driver - “The Universe Hates a Coward”

6/26/2017
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Keith Driver is a social justice entrepreneur, whose goal is to help create businesses that feed the 7 billion people on the planet. The agricultural world is not always assumed to be hyper-entrepreneurial, but according to Keith, those who ignore it do so at their own peril. We sat down with Keith to talk about the opportunity the ag-world provides, and how Keith has been able to learn from failure on his path to success.

Duration:00:46:36

Amanda Hehr - How to Go From Wantrepreneur to Entrepreneur

6/12/2017
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Amanda Hehr is the Co-Founder of Cru Juice, UNDRCARD Boxing, and VP of Alberta Operations at the BC-based JuSu Bar. An entrepreneur for less than 5 years, Amanda dreamed of starting her own business for years, but for a long time felt like she didn't have the skills necessary to be successful. We chatted with Amanda about whether the barriers keeping her from starting her own business were real or perceived, and how she was able to build Cru Juice into such an attractive acquisition target.

Duration:00:34:29

Amanda Hehr - “Create something no one can steal from you”

6/12/2017
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Amanda Hehr is the Co-Founder of Cru Juice, UNDRCARD Boxing, and VP of Alberta Operations at the BC-based JuSu Bar. An entrepreneur for less than 5 years, Amanda dreamed of starting her own business for years, but for a long time felt like she didn’t have the skills necessary to be successful. We chatted with Amanda about whether the barriers keeping her from starting her own business were real or perceived, and how she was able to build Cru Juice into such an attractive acquisition target.

Duration:00:34:29

Patrick Lor - "Experience Comes from Success and Failure"

6/5/2017
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Patrick Lor is the Co-Founder of iStockPhoto, the stock photography behemoth that was acquired by Getty Images in the mid-2000s, and sent Pat head first into the world of investing into Canadian startups. Today, Pat is a Managing Partner at 500 Startups, a Silicon Valley-based accelerator investing into Canadian startups. Bootkik sat down with Pat to learn a little bit more about the story of iStockPhoto, what investors look for in a startup, and how high potential businesses can get the...

Duration:00:42:26

Advertiise - "The shotgun approach won't work anymore"

5/29/2017
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Meet Mark Vella, Founder of the "AirBnB of advertising", Advertiise. A serial entrepreneur from Sydney, Australia, Advertiise is quickly becoming a global platform set to overhaul the advertising industry. We sat down with Mark to chat about the back story behind Advertiise, how to build a global tech platform, and the way digital advertising has turned the marketing world upside down.

Duration:00:36:29

Suzanne West - "I realized I wasn't making a big enough difference"

5/22/2017
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Suzanne West is an energy entrepreneur and visionary, who is on a mission to change the world. Specifically, she is building a business that values three things: people, planet, and profit. After spending time with Sir Richard Branson, Suzanne realized that, while successful, she hasn't made as much of a difference as she could, which didn't sit right with her. Over the course of our 50 minute interview with her, we tackle the vision behind Imaginea Energy, the potential for clean energy in...

Duration:00:50:09

Baby Gourmet - "Every Entrepreneur Has a Story"

5/15/2017
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Jen Carlson is the co-founder of Baby Gourmet, an organic baby food company from Alberta that has gone from Farmer's Market to 30% market share in a highly competitive industry against heavyweights like Heinz and Gerber. What has been Jen's biggest advantage? Sure, her planning orientation, and bold vision help, but it's been her ability to craft an exciting story that her customers can unite around that has allowed Baby Gourmet to rise so rapidly in such a short period of time.

Duration:00:34:30