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N36 Venture FIXO Improves Communication Between Tenants and Property Managers

on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:19

FIXO Manages the Communication Between Property Managers and Their Tenants

Home. It’s where our heart is—or at least it’s where our things are.  Regardless, it’s pretty important. So it only makes sense that the care for the house and the livability aspect is something that property owners, private landlords and tenants should be able to communicate without having to play cat and mouse.

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Will digital currencies ever see widespread adoption? N36 Faculty Joshua Gans' Expert Insight

on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:25

March 27, 2014 - Professor Joshua Gans responds to Senator Irving Gerstein's question on whether digital currencies can achieve large-scale adoption. Gans' testimony was given at Thursday's hearing of the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce. The committee recently launched an investigation into digital currencies such as Bitcoin.

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N36 Academic Director publishes new research on Steve Jobs' Theory of Hiring "Stars"

on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:09

Prof. Ajay Agrawal has co-authoured a paper via the National Bureau of Economic Research on the reasons why organizations pay so much for star performers, and the causal effects of their presence on a number of organisational levels.

See below for media coverage, and click here to read the full paper. 

Harvard Business Review: The Big Reason to Hire Superstar Employees Isn't the Work They Do

Business Insider: "Here’s Why Hiring A Star Performer Lifts Up An Entire Organization"

The Chronicle of Higher Education: "How Hiring a Star Matters to a Department"

Quartz: "Why organizations pay

N36 Venture FIXO Reflects on Their NBTC Experience (and Big Win)

on Thu, 04/03/2014 - 09:35

We caught up with N36 Venture FIXO after their big win at the National Business and Technology Conference Entrepreneurship Competition. Co-Founders Chantelle Buffie and Jonathan Yam shed light on what they learned, share valuable insight with other young entrepreneurs, and give a sneak peek into what's next for the venture.

Learn more about FIXO: @getfixo  /

What made you want to compete in the NBTC Entrepreneurship Competition?

The biggest thing for our team was to gain exposure and feedback on FIXO.

N36 Proud to Support 2nd Annual Canada Business Model Competition

on Tue, 03/18/2014 - 10:54

The weekend of March 14-16 showcased some of Canada's top up-and-coming startups at the Canada Business Model Competition in Halifax, NS. The competition was championed by the Starting Lean Initiative at Dalhousie University’s Rowe School of Business, and featured several innovative ventures founded by undergraduates from across the country.

 N36's own Jon French was onsite to take in the entrepreneurial talent, and weigh in on the judging panel.

Here's a fantastic recap of the competition in Techvibes.

N36 Faculty's Research on the Digitization of Labour Markets Covered in the NY Times

on Tue, 03/18/2014 - 09:37

Small Business, Joining a Parade of Outsourcing
Published in the New York Times on February 15th, 2014

Going abroad for cheap labor isn’t just for big businesses anymore. Thanks to the rise of online job marketplaces, small businesses are increasingly using foreign contract workers to lower their costs.

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Join us for The Next Founders Drop-In Info Session Feb 20th

on Tue, 02/11/2014 - 16:29

Want to learn more about our new program The Next Founders? Join us for a drop-in info session on February 20th between 11am-2pm at Ryerson's Digital Media Zone (10 Dundas Street West, 6th floor). This is a great chance to meet staff and alumni, introduce your venture, and learn more about this incredible entrepreneurial education program. 

Register now!

The Next 36 Launches The Next Founders

on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 09:28

The Next 36 Launches The Next Founders – a Transformative Education Program for Entrepreneurs

(Toronto, February 3, 2014) The Next 36, Canada’s most selective program for young entrepreneursis seeking 20 high potential founders of promising tech ventures, to join the first cohort of The Next FoundersThe Next Founders is an entrepreneurial education program, designed for innovators, that involves an extraordinary community of business leaders, entrepreneurs, professors and investors.

The founders will receive over 50 hours of masters-level education taught by top professors from the

"Be Selfless" - entrepreneurial insights from N36 alum Lauren Hasegawa, co-founder of Bridgit

on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:22

published in Entrepreneur Magazine on January 28, 2014

Be Selfless, and You May Develop Products Customers Actually Want

When you set out to make your product solve a defined problem, you'll soon realize that you can't get by being selfish.


Your venture will rise or fall on the backs of its users, making their problems your problems, their needs your needs, and their happiness your success. A little empathy can go a long way when it comes to starting and growing a business focused on existing industry pain points. Be sure to remember these three selfless steps...

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