Small Businesses: Dianne, Brett, Jim, and Robert

September 23, 2010

CBC Dragons’ Den’ Dianne Buckner (I have watched Dianne since her CBC Venture’s days) has an interesting article “The mood among Canada’s small businesses may surprise you“. Dragons Brett Wilson, Jim Treliving, and Robert Herjavec have also shared their views.


Brett Wilson and Maja

September 15, 2010

Here is a wonderful excerpt from the article “Brett Wilson and Maja” in Dogs in Canada,

“Maja is probably the most stable influence in my life,” says Wilson. “She’s a huge part of what I call my mental health.” He makes it a priority to spend as much quality time with her as possible. As a result, Maja has become somewhat of a world traveller. “Anywhere I’m taking the jet, I’ll take her. She’s happy to fly anywhere.” For the most part, though, Maja spends her days in the office with Wilson. “We just ordered two great big beds for her. She has complete freedom to wander around the office and do whatever she wants.” As far as I can determine, what Maja wants is to share her calm spirit with those around her, and to occasionally wander from employee to employee in search of “fresh” hands for a good scratching.

She’s a lucky dog, but then again, maybe it’s Wilson who’s the lucky one. “The unconditional love of an animal is probably one of the most powerful things you receive in your life,” he told me. I couldn’t agree more.

Any final comments about your dog, I ask? “Yes,” he replies. “To meet her is to know her is to love her.”

CBC Dragons’ Den Season 5 starts Sept 22nd

September 13, 2010

CBC Dragons’ Den Season 5 is back on Sept 22nd. Take a look of the promo video clip. Here are some promo text from CBC,

Hot off its highest-rated season yet, Dragons’ Den returns for an epic new season this fall. More money, more drama, higher stakes and almost 20 million dollars in deals. Hosted by Dianne Buckner, the new season debuts Wednesday, September 22 at 8 p.m. and features 20 one-hour episodes.

I am most looking forward to seeing some interesting pitches and deals that aspiring Canadian entrepreneurs can learn something from. To me, the drama and the “almost 20 million dollars in deals” are not as fun as it used to be.