Startup Canada Podcast: The man behind Hootsuite

Startup Canada Podcast

The Great One summed it nicely for Hootsuite CEO Ryan Holmes: “You miss 100 per cent of the shots you don’t take.”

It’s a piece of advice often quoted by CEO’s and sports stars alike, but Holmes couples it with another mantra: Hustle. Everyday.

Just like hockey legend Wayne Gretzky missed the net the first time he shot a puck, Holmes’ first product wasn’t a roaring success. Today he is the CEO of a company with over 10 million customers, and his product is one used by athletes, politicians, and entertainers worldwide.

How did he get here? Holmes hustled to build, innovate, fail, and find market fit. He hustled to find the perfect founding team, and to be his company’s greatest cheerleader.

In this edition of the Startup Canada Podcast with host Rivers Corbett, The Man Behind Hootsuite shares his insights on the basics of business and the future of entrepreneurship in Canada. Hint: It involves the “h” word.

The Startup Canada Podcast Show is a production of Startup Canada, a grassroots, entrepreneur-led movement to bring together, celebrate, and give a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurship community. On the podcast, award-winning entrepreneur host Rivers Corbett speaks with the movers and shakers of Canada’s entrepreneurship community to give a glimpse into the future of business, and share insights on everything from social innovation to the future of work, investing, and why we need to think bigger to take our businesses global. Join Rivers Corbett for new episodes every Tuesday airing at 10 AM ET for lessons, trends, and opportunities in entrepreneurship from Vancouver to Fredericton; and Israel to Peru.

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