In today’s startup and entrepreneurial world, the growing popularity of coworking spaces is a force that is undeniable. The power of friendly, collaborative environments is something that is well documented. As a huge number of millennials launch startups, coworking spaces will only continue to grow over the next decade.   With Montreal emerging as a hotbed of startup activity, a number of coworking spaces have sprung up over the past few years. Here is a list of the top 5 coworking spaces in Montreal, in no particular order.     Read More
  A major milestone in any startup's growth curve is the development of a minimum viable product (MVP). An MVP in startup-speak is a summary of the smallest possible group of features that will operate as a product in its own right. An MVP should serve to demonstrate to users -- mainly early adopters -- the value of the product and the solution to a core problem that it provides.   As serial entrepreneur Steve Blank explains, MVPs serve as a learning tool to startups. "Each time you build an MVP you... define what you are trying to test/measure. Later, as more is learned, the MVPs go from low-fidelity to higher fidelity, but the goal continues to be maximizing learning."   While a startup may be looking to gain insight into the target market and to learn from the MVP, investors -- be it angel investors or venture capitalists -- are on the lookout for a few different attributes, however, when they review MVPs. We've outlined the five most important ones below. Read More
  While there are several layouts that can be used for web designing, three of the most used and talked about are the Gutenberg Diagram, F-layout and Z-layout designs. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the F-layout web design. Read More
  Browse. Buy. Done.   That slogan pretty much summarizes Fiverr to a T. Launched in 2010, Fiverr is an online global marketplace offering tasks and services.  In just five years since its launch (and a few rounds of venture capital funding under its belt totaling $50 million), Fiverr has grown into one of the world’s leading online marketplaces for task services.   While it’s certainly not the first online marketplace, it’s arguably the most convenient to use. With just a few clicks of a button, small business owners can find someone to take care of their copywriting, marketing, web design, market research, graphic design, or whatever – all for the starting price of $5. Read More
  For the many entrepreneurs who balance a day job with running a business or startup on the side, it's difficult to gauge when is the right time to leave their 9-to-5 jobs and focus full-time on their side business. Sometimes, continuing to work their "regular" job is the best solution, as the startup may not have the legs yet to stand up on its own. In other cases, handing in their two weeks notice and not letting the door hit them on the way out is a crucial milestone in an entrepreneur's life that marks the beginning of great things to come.   While there may be a hundred and one things to look out for, here are the main telltale signs that indicate you're ready to focus full-time on growing your business. Read More