An astute commenter has observed that of the four dragons interviewed, we now have three oak tree and one silver birch to the question – “If you were a tree, what tree do you like to be?”.
I am in the process of arranging an interview with the lady Dragon Arlene Dickinson through her executive assistant, the very nice and helpful Lee Orchard. Now, if you are to guess, what tree do you think Arlene like to be and why? Please leave your guess in the comment area and we will see if you are right. This should be fun.
P.S. Hello Lee, I hope you don’t mind, but your beautiful last name “Orchard” works magic in my quest here with my “tree question“. Thanks in advance for your magic touch. (big smile)
June 25 update: I’ve booked and confirmed an interview time with Arlene in late July. So you get to take in Arlene’s insights when I finish and upload the interview in late July.
In my post “Dragonfly on assignment in Calgary“, I couldn’t tell you much about the entrepreneurs (who they are, what they do, if they get the investment or not, etc.) as that can definitely spoil your fun. But I will try to tell you my impression of them (without giving any info away).
I felt the entrepreneurs’ intense focus on their business during the whole time I was with them.
The entrepreneurs looked very business-like when they auditioned and when they pitched in front of the dragons. But trust me, they look hip and quite “in” when I meet them. They look like their customers and probably think like them as well.
I met them at their off-peak hours and they still were busy and still working very hard.
I absolutely love talking to them and my gut feeling is that it will be a joy to work with them. After seeing many entrepreneurs in Dragons’ Den auditions and in real life, I can tell you that there are some entrepreneurs that may be very smart but also give me the sense that they may be too “self-assured” for their own good, to put things very politely and diplomatically.
Until CBC Dragons’ Den team starts flying me to Vancouver and other cities to do some reporting [note: is that a big enough “hint” for the CBC producers? smile.], I will keep talking to different Calgary based entrepreneurs to get you some insider information from now till Season 2 of Dragons’ Den airs this fall. Once the shows air, I can share with you some of the unique journey that these Dragons’ Den entrepreneurs went through. I think what we are trying here is some ground breaking stuff again. So stay tune for Season 2 of Dragons’ Den.
Today, this dragonfly went on assignment and did some reporting for Dragonfly on the wall. I can’t show you the actual interviews footage yet until season 2 of Dragons’ Den is aired. But I did go through downtown Calgary to get to my assignment. And here I will show you a nice video clip of our C-Train. And may be Tourism Calgary can help you arrange a trip out to Calgary to enjoy our yearly Calgary Stampede?
Now, I hope you had chances to watch and enjoy the four interviews with the male dragons – Robert, Kevin, Laurence, and Jim.
When I get back to Calgary (from my current reporting duty at Banff) today and after I catch up on some Banff reporting work, I will try to arrange an interview with the lady Dragon Arlene Dickinson so that we have all five interviews for you to learn from. Stay tune for that. And I still have a few more posts to write using materials based on my on-site visit to Toronto.
Plus when the Dragons’ Den team feed me some inside information as promised, I will share with you some of the information. No spoilers, of course. (smile)
Here is Jim’s Dragonfly interview and his Dragons’ Den bio.
“He’s the tough guy with a soft spot for a good deal and a delicious meal. Jim Treliving is the man behind Boston Pizza, Canada’s No. 1 casual dining brand. But his background wasn’t always in pizza. Jim was an RCMP officer in the rough and tough streets of B.C. and Alberta. During a night shift in Edmonton, he sat down in the original “Boston Pizza and Spaghetti House.” It was love at first bite. After doing the math, he traded in his horse and spurs to become a Boston Pizza franchisee. By 1983, Jim and his partner bought the entire company and soon after expanded Boston Pizza across North America. Jim still recalls how his dad thought he was insane to give up his secure policing career to open a small pizza parlour.”
14 Nov, 2008 Update: It is with deep sadness that I blog about the passing of Laurence here.
Here is Laurence’s Dragonfly interview and his CBC Dragons’ Den bio,
“Laurence is a savvy numbers man who brings flare and style to every balance sheet. Early in his career, he was removed from medical school and started his career in the then fledgling computer industry. But in the swinging ‘70s, he immigrated to Montreal, a European-style city and eventually set his eyes on the fashion industry.”