In the tech and startup space, I often hear the criticism that Canadians need to better celebrate their success. The Canadian startup ecosystem is robust enough that there is now a lot of success worth celebrating, but I must admit that I’m more concerned about hardship – the struggles, pitfalls, and leaps of faith that precede success.
One of my mentors says that the best people to learn from are those that are just a little bit farther down the road from you; it’s easier for them to explain how they got there, and easier for you to envision yourself one day joining them. At BetaKit, we want to capture those journeys and spread them across Canada, to help every other entrepreneur walking the same path.
Enter #BetaKit1on1, a new video series where Canada’s tech leaders speak directly to the camera, sharing not only their successes, but honest talk on the hardships they faced along the way. Expect a lot of talk about where Canada’s tech community is headed next, too.
Of all the videos we’ve recorded, there was none better to start with than InteraXon founder Ariel Garten, who eloquently describes in just under two minutes an entrepreneur’s fear of letting down each employee that believed in them, and the moment you know an investor believes in you.
#BetaKit1on1 is powered by PwC, and wouldn’t have been possible unless they had believed in us, too.