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Ep. 25: Launching a Startup during a Covid-19 with Erik Lloyd

Ep. 25: Launching a Startup during a Covid-19 with Erik Lloyd

Erik Lloyd is CEO at Brink Bionics, an innovative startup that is dedicated to developing bionic enhancements for consumers Their first product is Impulse, a bionic reaction-time enhancement for PC gamers. He co-founded Brink Bionics with Dr. Ning Jiang and Dr. Jiyan during his time as a grad student at the University of Waterloo. 

Tune in to hear the fascinating tale of what it is like to start a hardware business during covid, the serendipitous beginnings that helped to launch this innovative startup, and more.

Ep. 24: Promoting Diversity with Nour Hachem-Fawaz

Ep. 24: Promoting Diversity with Nour Hachem-Fawaz

As a teenager, Nour watched her mother struggle and persevere as she started and grew a successful auto parts company in a male-dominated field.

Today, Nour is the President of Build a Dream – the non-profit that she founded in 2014 — to inspire youth to make informed career choices that challenge the status quo.

Nour has traveled across Canada speaking about workforce development and recruiting women for male-dominated industries. She also led a national research project with AIA Canada to develop a national strategy to help the industry attract, recruit, retain, and advance women in the automotive industry.

Ep. 23: What is Quantum Computing? with Tom Bromley

Ep. 23: What is Quantum Computing? with Tom Bromley

Tune in this week to learn about quantum computing and photonics with Tom Bromley. How will it revolutionize industries like pharma and finance, and why should you be interested?

Tom Bromley is a Theoretical Physicist who is currently at Xanadu developing quantum machine learning algorithms. He studied Physics in the UK and graduated with his PhD in 2017. Tom’s research topic was quantum information theory, focusing on how quantum properties such as entanglement can be measured and used.

  • 00:00:42 Introduction of Tom Bromley
  • 00:06:40 Business applications of quantum computing
  • 00:12:34 Pharma industry
  • 00:26:26 Why the big players don’t use photonics?
  • 00:35:57 Most interesting high levels operations of software
  • 00:39:00 How can businesses get involved with quantum computing?
  • 00:45:15 End of discussion
Ep. 22: Alan Cook – Founder of BrilliantPet

Ep. 22: Alan Cook – Founder of BrilliantPet

Alan Cook is the founder and CEO of BrilliantPet.He appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank to launch the BrilliantPad self-cleaning dog potty in November 2017.

Alan has created many well-known products and companies, including the ScoopFree® self-cleaning litter box, FroliCat™ family of electronic pet toys, the Belle-V Kitchen designer ice cream scoop-which is the featured at the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum, and even a sensor and data analytics system that was acquired by Intel / GE Healthc

Ep. 21: Mike Pinkus – Co-Founder of ConnectCPA

Ep. 21: Mike Pinkus – Co-Founder of ConnectCPA

Mike brings with him experience in taxation, financial reporting, investments and real estate.

Prior to co-founding ConnectCPA, Mike worked as a Senior Associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers specializing in small and medium sized business advisory. Mike also spent time as a tax and accounting manager at a mid-sized accounting practice and as an Investment Associate at a real estate private equity firm.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Schulich School of Business and is a Chartered Accountant.

In his spare time, Mike loves to spend time with his wife and family, including his nieces.  He is also an avid golfer and likes to pretend that the highest score wins.

  • 00:00:41 Introduction of Mike Pinkus
  • 00:07:35 How Covid has impacted ConnectCPA
  • 00:11:46 How ConnectCPA has changed its strategies to face the pandemic
  • 00:20:16 Goals of ConnetCPA
  • 00:21:43 First few years of ConnectCPA
  • 00:24:42 End of discussion