Strictly speaking? No. We have seen a decent number of companies come through the Kitchener-Waterloo startup ecosystem as sole founders. A large percentage of those (and a higher proportion than multi-founder companies) are still 1-person companies when they exit the program. …


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For anyone who has stumbled onto this article, I’m am writing it for myself. Specifically, I recently discovered deepstash.com, and I’m using this article as a workaround to put my own ideas into Deepstash, so that I can use their platform to show them to me at a later time…


Talking to customers is a necessary step in building a great product and a great business. But there seems to be some disagreement around when it makes the most sense to start that process.

In my opinion, it should happen as early as possible — before you even have a…


Probably the second most frequently asked question I hear from aspiring entrepreneurs is “Should I have a co-founder, and how do I find them?” This seems especially common with folks who have a business idea, but don’t feel confident that they have the skills to build it themselves. …


“Is my business idea a good one, or not?” is a question that gets asked a lot (usually indirectly) when I talk to aspiring entrepreneurs, and it’s often followed by “What should I do next?”

The short answers to these questions are “It’s probably good, with enough adjustment.” and “You…


Below are a few questions that tend to come up during coaching sessions with aspiring entrepreneurs:

Q1: Have you had a conversation about your idea with a friend, classmate or peer whose opinion you really respect?

Why this is important:

1. Most ideas take the effort of more than 1…


I’m a firm believer that a huge part of early-stage success comes from taking shortcuts.
Some obvious examples are using high-value people (like CEOs and co-founders) to learn & perform the work of two people, and running without any formal meetings because everyone is already spending 12 hours a day…

Pat Martinson

Hardware startup guy, aspiring Dungeon Master, ice cream sandwich enthusiast

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