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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.

Risk Is Everything

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:

  • They’re trying to recreate Silicon Valley in places like Munich, so far with little success. The institutional and cultural differences are still too great.
  • In Europe, failure is regarded as a personal tragedy. Here it’s something of a badge of honor. An environment like that doesn’t encourage as much risk-taking and entrepreneurship.
  • If you don’t do well at age 18, you’re out. That cuts out a lot of people who could do better but never get the chance. The person who does best at a test of rote memorization at age 17 may not be innovative at 23. The American education system is much more forgiving. Students can catch up and go on to excel. European children may be better behaved, but American children may end up being more free to explore new things.
  • American companies allow their employees to leave and try something else. Then, if it works, great, the mother company acquires the start-up. If it doesn’t, they hire them back. It’s a great system. It allows people to experiment and try things. In Germany, you can’t do that. People would hold it against you. They’d see it as disloyal. It’s a very different ethic.
  • In Europe, stability is prized. Inequality is much less tolerated. There’s a culture of sharing. People aren’t so cutthroat. Money isn’t the only thing that matters. These may be good things.

Source: A Fearless Culture Fuels U.S. Tech Giants, New York Times

Google Canada Logo Celebrates the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015

Google, unlike most organizations, enjoys the creativity involved in constantly reinventing their logo to celebrate the days of our lives. Today, Google Canada celebrates the FIFA Women's World Cup kicking off tomorrow at 4pm at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, with a match between Canada and China.

Catch the games and support our women. The schedule of the games are as follows:

Enlarge the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Schedule

Here's a tribute to the Canadian Women's Soccer Team in the recent 2012 London Olympic Games.

Go girls! Go Canada!

Source: Google, Logo Life, BCRV Park, Jocelyn Ngo

Canada Post Stamps Sinclair and Buchanan

Canada Post features Christine Sinclair, Canada's most accomplished women's soccer player and Kadeisha Buchanan, a rising star on Canada's Women's Soccer Team, to commemorate the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 to be played across the nation.

Source: Canada Post

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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.