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Culture+Purpose is Toronto’s first, and only, talent marketplace. Committed to forming lasting relationships on the basis of culture and purpose, these guys are matching top talent with small companies that are disrupting the tech space. Below is an explanation of how they settled on the name “Culture+Purpose” Have you ever tried to name a company? […]

The Halo Effect. The term was first coined in the 20s to describe the phenomenon whereby we assume that if people are good at A they will be good at B, C and D, (or the reverse – because they are bad at A they will be bad at B, C and D). This distortion begins with our first impressions and influences everything we believe about a person – with little evidence to justify our perception.

There was a study published last year that found recruiters spend an average of six seconds sizing up a resume. Since you can’t possibly read an entire resume in such a short window, your brain relies on a number of tactics to make such snap judgements; psychology calls these heuristics. Heuristics are tools that simplify […]

A PSA to Canadians in Technology: Part 2


September 14th, 2016 | | Posted by:

Bigger Isn’t Always Better Last time, I used the analogy of David and Goliath to compare Shopify, a Canadian company helping small eCommerce retailers make their mark, with Amazon, the global giant trying to win market share from the retailers that Shopify helps. Today, that same comparison applies more directly; the startup versus the institution. […]

We All Play for Canada I hope my title didn’t get that irritating Canadian Olympic jingle to play in your head. I didn’t want to do it – but the phrase represents a really important message. If you’re among the fortunate people that enjoy a career in technology, you’re not just lucky. You’re poised to […]

Is it safe to assume that most of us work to earn a living? I think so. The majority of us sacrifice 8 hours a day in exchange for a paycheque. But, are we trading time and happiness, or just our time?

How to Hire a Recruiter for Your Start-Up


December 17th, 2015 | | Posted by:

The employment market is seeing a growing demand for recruiters. Companies are hungry for talent at a time when our talent pools are shrinking. When talent is abundant, recruiting can be easy. But as it grows scarce, the competition heats up and there are more losers than winners. If you’re thinking of adding a recruiter […]

How do you feel about buffets? I wasn’t a fan until I learned to skip the line and bypass the cheap carbs and fats. Now I go directly to the far end where the expensive meats and seafood are waiting. Somehow, loading up on protein makes me feel better about buffets. But, you don’t want […]

I just returned from two weeks in Peru. It’s a beautiful country with a rich diversity of jungles, deserts, beaches, urban life, and Machu Pichu, of course. The journey was insightful on many fronts, but especially because we did most of it, unplugged. Cellular service was sporadic at best, and in our three days in […]

If you ask aspiring software developers about their dream job, there’s a good chance they will name one of the tech darlings, brands like Google, Facebook and Apple. The general consensus is that they want to be part of a company that dominates its field. I see some of the appeal – a stable job […]