Saif Ajani is the co-founder and CEO of the Toronto-based startup Keyhole, the world’s leading hashtag analytics tool, where he is responsible for the company’s vision and execution. Before launching Keyhole, Saif worked extensively in the technology space, most recently at a VC-incubated digital media startup. For more than ten years, he has been helping marketing executives at brands and agencies make key decisions by analyzing and measuring social media data. As a founder in this space, he really tries to learn from customers. Not always easy, but always learning!
Saif has an honors degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and an MBA from Cornell University.
COVID-19 is challenging and impacting entrepreneurs across Canada. Many of us are wondering how our businesses will make it through the weeks and months ahead. Canada’s Podcast will be introducing new items and opinions from some of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs, past guests and our own team. We can learn from each other by sharing our experiences and learning from each other. As a community, we are in this together. Today, Calgary host Bonnie Elgie chats with Leandro Dumlao and Philip Bliss, the two gentlemen behind Canada’s Podcast and its parent company, Perceptible Group.
Dan Kelly, President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) talks about the impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on Canadian entrepreneurs, the government response and what still needs to be done.
Kelsey Reidl is a Business Coach, Podcast Host & Sales + Marketing Consultant. After being let-go from 2 of her dream jobs in her twenties, she decided to take her power back and ditch the 9-5 in pursuit of building her own brand and business. Now, she teaches other women to follow that inner voice that keeps nudging them. You know, the one that says “you’re capable of more!” Her signature online coaching program called The VISIONARY METHOD ™ has helped 100’s of aspiring and startup entrepreneurs gain the confidence they need to have a thriving coaching or service-based business, by showing them how to explore their gifts, develop an offer, create innovative sales & marketing strategies to get their service into the hands of those who need it, and to cultivate community each step of the way. Kelsey also hosts a Top Podcast on the Canadian Entrepreneurship Chats, called Visionary Life. In each weekly episode, she chats with visionary humans about the journey that got them to where they are today. Kelsey lives in Toronto with her husband and rescue pup, Abby. She loves to explore the world in search of the best coffee shops, the most stunning nature, and the wildest experiences (sleeping in the Sahara desert & jumping through canyons are some of her favourite adventures to date).
Tracey Bissett’s on a mission to redefine the economic future of the world by addressing financial literacy of young adults and entrepreneurs. She does this through her weekly podcast, Young Money – the advice show for millionaires in the making, teaching and delivery of financial courses, coaching and consulting. A native of Nova Scotia, she holds a BCOMM, MBA and is a CFA Charterholder. She LOVES her golden retriever (Rosie), roller coasters and music, especially live concerts! Download your money meeting agenda from www.bizmoneycoach.ca.
Andrea Sesum is a founder of Ontario College of Business & Law, co-founder of Technology Factory, founder of Women’s Paralegal Association of Ontario, passionate & innovative entrepreneur, educator, board member, author, keynote speaker and winner of 2015 City of Toronto Access, Equity & Human Rights Constance E. Focusing on the advancement of women in the legal profession & career advancement of immigrants in Toronto, Andrea was noted as the CSPN’s Leader in Diversity & Inclusion.
In 2016, Michael was injured while on duty at the Ottawa Police Service. After suffering this injury, he saw an opportunity to build upon his idea to create a market place, similar to airbnb for RV owners and vacationers. Exactly one year later, he was pitching this business on Dragon’s Den. Fast forward to present day; Michael is now operating a highly successful, national company where keeping up with annual growth is his biggest business challenge.
Michael’s advice to entrepreneurs is to take calculated risks and pursue measurable results. Listen & watch this chat to get inspired to act on your big idea.