The StartCanada Blog provides insights about some of the work that we’re doing; including web design / development, design thinking, social media marketing, small business information, trends, tips, ideas and inspiration for start-ups, professionals, non-profits and small businesses.
Source: Jeanne M. Liedtka, Design Thinking, University of Virginia
Aaron Lewis, a design intern at Uber, ended an article he wrote with... "Owning a car will one day be like owning a horse - fun for the wealthy, but financially foolish for everyone else." It makes sense to me. However, the road towards that idea continues to inspire a lot of design ideas and opportunities. Here is FastCompany's Most Innovative list for the Automotive Sector in 2016:
Source/s: FastCompany Magazine, March 2016
Photo: Charging the Tesla Model S at Tesla, Robson Street, Vancouver by Angelo Narciso
... Ranked by the only metric that matters - the respect of average Canadians.
MEC CEO David Labistour on the company's logo / company rebrand: "... the more complicated the logo was, the less power it had. The simpler and more utilitarian your logo is, the more it shows up on the screen of a mobile phone."
Source: Canadian Business Magazine, October 2015
Photo: © Angelo Narciso, Canoe on Lake Louise
As with the Nike campaign above and the following words of Petra Moser, assistant professor of economics at Stanford and its Europe Center, is risk, or that fearless culture, the key ingredient that drives US tech giants?
Mosler compares Europe and the US:
Source: A Fearless Culture Fuels U.S. Tech Giants, New York Times
"You tend to want to hire people in your own image - people who are strong at what you're strong at, who get you. But when it comes to a number two, that's completely the wrong strategy. Your partner has to believe in the mission and share a set of values but needs a completely different skill set."
- Razor Suleman, Chairman and Chief Evangelist, Achievers
Source: Canadian Business Magazine, April 2015
Photo: © Angelo Narciso, Logan Collection, SFMoMa
"We don't have any employees. Whether it's copywriters or graphic designers, or even finance consultants, everyone is brought in on an as-needed basis. A lot of HR departments operate like that - companies don't need a full-time HR staff, so they have them subcontracted. It's a win-win, because the sub-contractor gets flexibility of not being tied down to one company, and the business doesn't have the overhead and the payroll expenses, and doesn't need the extra space for these people." - Joanna Track, Co-Founder, Good Eggs and Co.
Source: Canadian Business
Photo: © Angelo Narciso, McMahon Stadium, Calgary, AB
"As the mobile world expands to include more and more platforms and screen sizes, it becomes very hard to build one-off apps for each of them. By mid to late 2015, it's going to be quite reasonable to embark upon a real multi-platform web-based app development strategy. As a consumer, it means you'll have to worry less about which mobile device you're running - you can choose one based on taste, not technical limitations." - Ian Bell, Founder/CEO, Rosterbot
Source: Canadian Business
Pierre Cleroux, Vice President, Research and Chief Economist of the Business Development Bank of Canada spoke to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce about What to Expect in 2015: An Economic Outlook for Small and Medium Businesses.
"So if you are an owner of a small business, you might think exporting is a good idea but mostly for large and mid-size firms. I want to give you a different perspective about this because more and more small businesses are able to export with new technology. Digital technology is changing the game for small business. You can access billions of consumers online with very low costs... something not possible 10 years ago."
Mr. Cleroux continues to explain the how websites enable small businesses to export their products to the world. His three examples were outfits in:
HIs presentation starts at 21:30 of the Calgary Chamber video.
Source: Calgary Chamber of Commerce
Photo: © Angelo Narciso, Delta Hotel, Calgary, AB
StartCanada is a Canadian company that designs, develops and manages elegant and effective websites for start-ups, professionals, non-profits and small businesses. StartCanada also provides social media marketing services for its clients.
Angelo Narciso leads StartCanada and is involved with business development, the design thinking process of web design / development, website management and social media marketing.