Hello, 2017

2016 was one heck of a year. It started with a relatively huge shakeup expertly. I didnt wind up taking much time off; rather I started satisfying with great deals of individuals and looking for my next adventure.

So to sum up 2016: Down, up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, up …

Thats not an ideal visualization of last year, however it was certainly interesting.

Enough about the past. What does 2017 hold for me?

I totally anticipate a continuous rollercoaster flight for myself and Highline BETA. Im not sure theres any other method to figure things out, and in my experience, business owners feel every bad and good experience extremely viscerally.

In July, 2016 I announced the launch of my new start-up, Highline BETA. Over the 2nd half of 2016, Marcus (my co-founder) and I, began to clarify, develop and fine-tune out our vision and strategies for the company. As you might anticipate (if youve ever begun a company), weve experienced the start-up rollercoaster. Its real.

2017 will be a very strong year for Highline BETA:

It started with a relatively big shakeup expertly. I didnt end up taking much time off; rather I began fulfilling with lots of individuals and looking for my next adventure.

Beyond Highline BETA, I have a few other objectives for 2017:.

Thats my strategy for 2017. How about you?

These are very important foundation for making Highline BETA successful. There are several moving pieces, however I think theyll all work cohesively together, even if its not all self-evident today. Startups dont get built and win overnight.

Were actively working with consumers on their innovation techniques and how start-ups & & startup development approaches can lead to purchasing and co-creating terrific companies.
Weve begun to develop our platform more sturdily and secure essential partnerships in industries where well be investing. One example is our partnership with Cookhouse Lab in InsurTech. There are more collaborations on the way.
Weve identified a few key investment styles (e.g. InsurTech, Health, FinTech, CPG) where we see a great deal of opportunity.
Were engaging in developing the corporate-startup community through efforts such as our “Corporate-Startup Connection Zone” at ResolveTO, where well be making an investment in one of the attending start-ups.
Were pressing forward with various financing vehicles, including our AngelList Syndicate (we believe AngelList has a substantial chance to encourage more pre-seed investing in Canada.).
Were building an excellent group. Stay tuned for job posts and opportunities to work with us.

For me, 2017 is everything about establishing Highline BETAs model and putting the foundational pieces in location to scale in the future. Its about finding fantastic clients to deal with that recognize the significance of leveraging external resources to innovate rapidly and successfully, and discovering great creators & & start-ups to buy.

Travel to at least 7 brand-new locations Ive never been (2 trips already planned.).
Read 10 fiction books (Ill try and check out some non-fiction too, but lets admit it, fiction is more fun!).
Do something to press Lean Analytics forward.
Lose 10 pounds (I know, I know …).
Compose more (I only wrote 18 article in 2016.).
Encourage my older boy to construct a website for himself (and after that assist him with it.).
Consume less meat (already en route; the household has devoted to 1 week of going vegetarian beginning quickly.).
Help as lots of business owners as I can.
Help develop the product management community in Toronto (however somewhere else too.).
Laugh. (I did lots of chuckling in 2016 too, no reason to stop now!).

Over the 2nd half of 2016, Marcus (my co-founder) and I, began to clarify, develop and fine-tune out our vision and strategies for the company. As you may expect (if youve ever started a company), weve experienced the start-up rollercoaster. Weve started to establish our platform more sturdily and secure essential collaborations in industries where well be investing.