Dan Eisner, True North Mortgage

September 27, 2011

In 2007, I was impressed by Dan Eisner‘s mortgage brokerage business, True North Mortgage, when he described how lucrative and profitable it was when I met him at the Calgary Dragons’ Den audition.

By chance I met Dan again today, and he said he now has 7, yes SEVEN, officies across Canada (2 in Calgary, 2 in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, and Halifax).

I am happy for Dan. Have a watch of my video interview with Dan Eisner in 2007.


Watch Brett Wilson’s brand new show Risky Business online – Highly Recommended

September 13, 2011

Brett Wilson's brand new show Risky Business

Dragons’ Den fans know our beloved Brett Wilson left the show last season. Well, CBC’s lost and Slice TV‘s and our gain as Brett is back and he has his own great show!

Watch Brett Wilson’s new show Risky Business online now if you missed the show’s premiere last night (Monday 9pm ET/PT), I love it. Highly Recommended.

I’ve got the pleasure to get to know Brett for a few years now, he is really a nice and fair guy off TV and on TV. Go Brett Go !!!

Bruce Croxon, new CBC Dragon

June 28, 2011

I haven’t visited the CBC Dragons’ Den site for a while. Today, I found the charming Lisa Gabriele, Senior Producer of Dragons’ Den, spoke to “Bruce Croxon, a 50-year-old, married father of two young children, who lives in downtown Toronto“. Have a watch of the video. Season 6 of CBC Dragons’ Den comes back in Sept 2011.

Brett Wilson interview – Leaving Dragons’ Den, TV offers, Uno, Risky Business, Canoe Financial, Twitter, Facebook, and Maya Wilson

May 12, 2011

Brett Wilson interview 2011

Few days ago I had the great pleasure of chatting with Brett Wilson, Calgary entrepreneur, investor, former Dragon, and philanthropist. We chatted about a wide range of topics and I have posted the five video clips on YouTube with transcripts.

Brett Wilson interview – 01/05 – Leaving CBC Dragons’ Den, TV offers, Uno bike, and Ben Gulak (with transcript)

02/05 – New TV show “Risky Business” (Info and chat about Brett’s new show “Risky Business”, coming this fall) (with transcript)

03/05 – Canoe Financial (Brett has a substantial investment in Canoe. We talked about his involvement) (with transcript)

04/05 – Social Media (Twitter, Facebook) (How Brett does his Twitter and Facebook magic?) (with transcript)

05/05 – Maya Wilson (Brett talks about the recent passing of Maya Wilson, his beloved chocolate brown flat-coated retriever) (with transcript)

TRANSLOGIC: BPG Motors UNO (video interview + demo)

March 21, 2011

Check out “TRANSLOGIC 47: BPG Motors UNO (video interview + demo)“.

“We all know motorcycles are awesome, but in our view most are missing two key ingredients: a zero-emission electric drivetrain and the ability to transform. That is, until 17-year-old Benjamin Gulak created the UNO as a high school senior. Now on their third iteration, BPG Motors is perfecting this unique EV cycle and TRANSLOGIC is the first to take it for a spin.”

Ben Gulak TEDxIBYork talk

February 11, 2011

Ben Gulak with Uno bike prototype

Ben Gulak, a former Dragons’ Den entrepreneur, is one of the smartest young inventor/engineer that I know of. The following is a video clip of Ben’s TEDxIBYork talk. May be one day Ben will be Canada’s own James Dyson. Will see.

Note: Here are two previous entries about Ben.

3twenty Solutions gives new life to old shipping containers

February 4, 2011

3twenty Solutions‘ Bryan McCrea, Channing McCorriston & Evan Willoughby gave a wonderful pitch of their business on CBC Dragons’ Den. I love interesting use of containers, and I am impressed with the 3twenty‘s business and its tagline of “durable, stackable, transportable modular structures – give new life to old shipping containers”. Seem like a wonderful business idea with some good potentials. As a business, new entrants to the market can probably copy and compete with them without much difficulties but I trust the entrepreneurs will work very hard to ensure a good return for themselves and their investors.

Best of luck to the 3twenty team. Check out their Facebook, YouTube video, Twitter, and Flickr photos. Here is their pitch video on the Den.

Here is a CBC news video clip (posted in May 2010) about 3twenty going to the Den to ask for money with more details.