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...
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...
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!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Melissa Gunning is the founder of Wean Green, a glass food container company founded in Calgary. After noticing a need in the market for reliable, eco-friendly glassware, Melissa decided to make it herself. What followed is a whirlwind adventure that includes trips to the Golden Globes, her life savings spontaneously exploding on her lawn, and a hilarious encounter with the Kardashians.
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If you live in Western Canada and have an affinity for smelling great, you’re familiar with Rocky Mountain Soap Company. We sat down with Co-owner Cam Baty to hear the story of Rocky Mountain Soap’s origins, how they developed such an exciting brand, and how farmer’s markets are entrepreneurship at its finest.
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