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Canada Has a Disease Called Risk-Aversion and It’s Going to Take a Cultural Shift to Propel Us Forward

It isn't news that Canada's culture is inherently risk-averse. This made our banking sector the envy of the world during the recent recession, but in the startup game, it's a hindrance.

When people say they want a city in Canada to become "Silicon Valley North," I sigh. They focus on things like getting more angel and venture capital investment, deepening the talent pool, and expanding mentor networks. Yes, these things matter, and yes, Silicon Valley employs these things—but you can't grow a tree without a seed, and the seed of Silicon Valley isn't money or people; it's culture. A culture of risk.

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Google Owns You. But You Already Knew That, Right?

Just over 10 years ago, Google launched Gmail, a web-based email service that would compete with Microsoft’s Hotmail. When the service launched on April 1 of 2004 (a launch date which caused some to think it was an April Fool’s joke), Gmail was in beta and one couldn’t sign up without an invitation. In the tech community, Gmail invites were a hot commodity at the time; I seem to recall offering my first born in negotiations to secure an invite from a colleague.

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Biggest Fans of Samsung's New Galaxy S5? Apple iPhone Users, it Seems

Have you bought the new Galaxy S5 from Samsung yet? The S5, released worldwide on April 12 from South Korean manufacturer Samsung, has been on the receiving end of some fantastic reviews online. From all accounts, it appears that the most popular line of phones in the Android world is well on its way to becoming another hit in the sales department.

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