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When Entrepreneurs Sacrifice Too Much

Last week there was a post on LinkedIn that caught my attention: “When entrepreneurs sacrifice too much.” The post covers the early years of Stonyfield Farms Yogurt, the challenges they had and sacrifices the founders made to bootstrap their business. This post really struck a chord with me on so many levels and I have chatted about their story with a number of entrepreneurs since and continue to do so. My favorite comment was from a young entrepreneur who said something to the effect of: If Stonyfield Farms’ founders had shown up on Dragons Den in Year 5, Kevin O’Leary would...

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The Grand Return

What’s the only event that measures its success in hires and smiles? You guessed it – Students and Startups is getting ready to make its grand return! That’s right, our famous event series is coming back following a brief hiatus, and it’s going to be better than ever! For those of you who are new to Students and Start-ups (welcome!) here’s a quick overview: Students and Startups (SNS) is a series of events hosted by TheCodeFactory that aims to connect students who are looking for relevant and meaningful employment with start-ups who are in search of energetic and enthusiastic employees. Sounds...

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Dedicated Desks at TheCodeFactory

Working at TheCodeFactory you quickly grow accustomed to the many stages of early entrepreneurship. The first major decision point is very often the decision to leap and go “all in”.  Following closely behind is the decision on whether or not they should acquire their first office space. Many entrepreneurs opt to find space but find the cost can be prohibitive and end up working from home. One of the most common things we hear from home-bound entrepreneurs is “I can’t get any work done at home. There are too many distractions.” When you do decide to leave home it’s...

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Congratulations to Blindside Networks on a Significant Accomplishment!

Fred Dixon, Richard Alam and the entire Blindside team have been a part of TheCodeFactory for 5 years now. As a long-time employee of TheCodeFactory I have the utmost respect for them as individuals and as a company. As a Carleton University student I was thrilled to see BigBlueButton (Blindside’s educational conferencing software) become Carleton’s choice of software. That in itself is undoubtedly an extremely impressive feat. Blindside didn’t stop there though. They were listed on the White House website as a Mozilla Ignite Challenge winner. Yes, you read that correctly. The White House website. This honour was extremely well deserved. BigBlueButton...

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Openings for Guest Attendees at Demo Day!

We are happy to invite you to join us for Demo Day, here at TheCodeFactory next week! There are a limited number of Guest tickets available, so be sure to register for yours now! There is no cost to attend the event, and snacks will be provided. For the full presentation line up and more details on the presenters themselves, please check out our Demo Day Line Up Announcement. We hope to see as many of you there as possible! – Kelsey...

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A Tale of Shared Workspace

At some point in time every entrepreneur fantasizes about having their own office downtown. Unfortunately the cost associated with a private office is often a little bit too steep for start-ups to stomach. But is working at home a viable alternative? With family and the distractions of home finding time to get any work done can be extremely trying. There’s that expectation that because you’re at home you should be “doing things around the house.” So if a private office is currently out of reach but working at home just doesn’t “work” what options do you have? This exact...

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Announcing Our Demo Day Line Up!

Early last week, we announced that Demo Day was on its way…now we have a date for you to mark in your calendars! Demo Day will be taking place here at TheCodeFactory on Thursday, October 3. Guest tickets will be made available next week, so stay tuned! If you are interested in presenting we have one guest spot available so please feel free to contact us if you would like to present. We are also excited to announce the preliminary line up: 1) Friend – i-landhost inc. 2) Friend – Virtual EyeSee Inc., Zeely Adventures 3) Friend – Koneka Inc., SmartProposition 4)...

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Lead to Win Bootcamp

“To: Fearless technology entrepreneurs in Canada’s Capital Region and their key business partners This is an invitation to join the Lead to Win Bootcamp. Learn how to launch and grow your technology business “by doing it”. Don’t waste time, money and energy guessing what it is that you need to do. When you guess, your credibility decreases and you will work hard to make somebody else money. The next Lead to Win bootcamp starts Tuesday September 24 at 8 a.m. I encourage each of you to attend. The bootcamp is the premier educational program for technology entrepreneurs in Canada’s...

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