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Founder Fridays

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馃帀 Get ready to kick off your weekend with some entrepreneurial spirit at Founder Fridays! 馃殌

Join us on March 8th from 12 PM to 1 PM for an hour of insightful conversation, networking, and a chance to snag a free book from an amazing author.

This isn't your typical webinar 鈥 it's a party with a purpose, hosted by the dynamic duo of Brandy Old, and Craig Elias!

At each Founder Fridays session, Brandy and Craig dive into a fireside chat with a featured author, dissecting the juiciest parts of their latest book. It's like having VIP backstage passes to the minds of thought leaders and innovators! And the best part? You could be one of the lucky participants to walk away with a free copy of the book discussed 鈥 all you have to do is join us live on Zoom and stay tuned for the magic link to claim your prize.

But wait, there's more! If you can't make it or just want to relive the experience, a recording of the chat will be sent out to all registrants.

Plus, keep your eyes peeled for the all-caps FIRESIDE CHAT link in the "Past Sessions" section to catch up on any sessions you've missed.

And don't forget to circle back on the third Friday of the month, where we'll reconvene to chat about how we can apply our newfound knowledge to light up the startup scene, especially in Alberta's tech sector.

Do you have a book or author in mind that screams Founder Fridays? Craig Elias is just a call or text away at +1.403.874.2998 鈥 hit him up with your suggestions.

Let's make this Friday one for the books! 馃摎鉁 Sessions

  1. Mar. 8: Fireside chat with author of Will Work For Pie, Mike Moyer.

  2. Mar. 22: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Mike's fireside chat and his book.

  3. Apr. 5: Fireside chat with author of Faster than Normal, Peter Shankman.

  4. Apr. 19: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Peter's fireside chat and his book.

  5. May 3: Fireside chat with authors of The Intellectual Property Guide Myra Tawfik and Karima Bawa.

  6. May 17: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Myra and Karima's fireside chat and their book.

Those who register for the entire series or individual sessions will receive recordings of the Fireside chats they register for.

Facilitated by Brandy Old & Craig Elias, Founder Fridays are a series of fireside chats with authors of books that are typically held on the 1st聽and 3rd聽Friday of each month; the initiative is based on the success of a fireside chat with Ian Hathaway (Brad Feld鈥檚 co-author on their latest book) that had 600+ registrants and gave away all 100 copies of The Startup Community Way to attendees from across Alberta in less than two minutes.

Each month, you can register for either or both of two sessions:

  1. A fireside chat with an author where the last 15 minutes is an audience Q & A session with the participants, and a link is provided so those from Canada can request a free copy of the author鈥檚 book.

  2. Discussions are held two weeks later (sometimes with, sometimes without the author) to discuss the different ways the content from the fireside chat and the author鈥檚 book can be applied to Alberta鈥檚 startup community and tech ecosystem

Founder Fridays are designed to support Alberta鈥檚 entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, ecosystem builders and service providers by:

  • Upskilling entrepreneurs, mentors, ecosystem builders and service providers

  • Developing entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship support in and around post-secondary institutions

  • Helping startups grow faster and develop the expertise and traction required to attract capital

  • Increasing the volume of startups and the velocity at which they progress through the Startup Commons stages

  • Working with existing entrepreneurship support organizations to expand their mentor network

Created by Craig Elias, Founder Fridays are part of a program called 150 Startups, which is a joint initiative of Bow Valley College, Futurepreneur, Rainforest Alberta, and the Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta and are made possible by the generous support of Bow Valley College, The Hunter Family Foundation, the Calgary Innovation Coalition, Alberta Innovates, and the Central Alberta Regional Innovation Network (CARIN).

Past Sessions

FIRESIDE CHAT in call caps below is linked to a recording from that session.

  1. April 9: Fireside chat with the author of聽Sales Playbooks: The Builders Toolkit, Cory Bray.

  2. April 23: Roundtable discussion with聽Joseph Fung聽on how to apply the learnings from Cory鈥檚 fireside chat and book.

  3. May 7: FIRESIDE CHAT with聽the author of聽The Three Box Solution, Vijay Govindarajan.

  4. May 21:聽Roundtable discussion with聽Wally Thorson聽on how to apply the learnings from Vijay鈥檚 fireside chat and his book.

  5. June 4: Fireside chat with聽the author of聽Remote Work Revolution: How to Work From Anywhere, Tsedal Neeley.

  6. June 18: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the content of聽Tsedal Neeley鈥檚 book聽Remote Work Revolution聽to Alberta鈥檚 startup community and tech ecosystem.

  7. Sept. 10: FIRESIDE CHAT with the author of聽Magnetic Stories, Gabrielle Dolan,聽who joins us from Melbourne, Australia.

  8. Sept. 24: Roundtable discussion with聽Colleen Stewart, author of聽The Story Compass,on how to craft powerful stories.

  9. Oct. 1: Fireside chat with聽the author of聽Demand Side Sales, Bob Moesta.

  10. Oct. 15: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Bob's fireside chat and his book.

  11. Nov. 5: FIRESIDE CHAT with聽the author of Effective Sales Enablement, Pam Didner.

  12. Nov. 19: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Pam's fireside chat and her book - especially chapter 4 and page 87.

  13. Dec. 3:FIRESIDE CHAT with聽the author of聽Permission to Screw Up, Kristen Hadeed.

  14. Dec. 17:聽Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Tristen's fireside chat and her book.

  15. Jan. 7:FIRESIDE CHAT with聽the author of聽Naked at Work, Danessa Knaupp.

  16. Jan. 21:聽Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Danessa's fireside chat and her book.

  17. Feb. 4:FIRESIDE CHAT with聽the Creator of聽the Growth Hacking Boxthat contains 100 ways to hack growth, Tiffany daSilva.

  18. Feb. 18:聽Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Tiffany's fireside chat and growth hacking box.

  19. March 4:FIRESIDE CHAT with the author of聽The 7 Essential Stories Charismatic Leaders Tell, Kurian Mathew Tharakan.

  20. March 18: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Kurian's fireside chat and his book.

  21. April 1: FIRESIDE CHAT with the author of聽Stop Hustling: Start Scaling, Scott Sambucci.

  22. April 15: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Scott's fireside chat and his book.

  23. May 6: FIRESIDE CHAT with the author of聽Startup Program Design: A Practical Guide for Creating Accelerators and Incubators at Any Organization, Adam Berk.

  24. May 20: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Adam's fireside chat and his book.

  25. June 3:FIRESIDE CHAT with the author of聽Founded: The No B.S. Guide for Student Entrepreneurs, Mike Raab, Executive Director of The Garage at Northwestern University.

  26. June 17:聽Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Mike's fireside chat and his book.

  27. Sept. 9:FIRESIDE CHAT with the author of聽Levers: The Framework for Building Repeatability into Your Business, Amos Schwartzfarb.

  28. Sept. 23:聽Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Amos' fireside chat and his book.

  29. Oct. 7:聽FIRESIDE CHAT with the author of聽Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business, Jenny Blake

  30. Oct. 21:聽Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Jenny's fireside chat and their book.

  31. Nov. 4:聽FIRESIDE CHAT with the author of聽Fix This Next: Make the Vital Change That Will Level Up Your Business, Mike Michalowicz.

  32. Nov. 18:聽Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Mike's fireside chat and their book.

  33. Dec. 2:FIRESIDE CHAT with the author of聽Belonging: The Science of Creating Connection and Bridging Divides, Geoffrey Cohen.

  34. Dec. 16:聽Roundtable discussions led by聽Wendy Muise,聽Wunmi Adekanmbi聽and聽Jennifer Jensen聽on how to apply the learnings from Geoffrey's fireside chat and his book.

  35. Jan. 6:FIRESIDE CHAT聽with the author of聽Raising an Entrepreneur, Margot Machol Bisnow.

  36. Jan. 20:Margot Machol Bisnow聽will join us for roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from her fireside chat and her book.

  37. 鈥婩eb 3: FIRESIDE CHAT with the author of聽Sell the Way You Buy, David Priemer.

  38. 鈥婩eb 17: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from David's fireside chat and his book.

  39. 鈥婱ar 3: FIRESIDE CHAT with聽the author of聽Escaping the Build Trap, Melissa Perri.

  40. 鈥婱ar 17: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Melissa's fireside chat and her book.

  41. 鈥婣pr 14: FIRESIDE CHAT withthe author of聽Say Less, Get More, Fotini Iconomopoulos.

  42. 鈥婣pr 28: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Fotini's fireside chat and her book.

  43. 鈥婱ay 5:聽FIRESIDE CHATwith the author of聽Scale Your Everest,聽Erik Severinghaus.

  44. 鈥婱ay 19: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Erik's fireside chat and his book.

  45. 鈥婮un 2: FIRESIDE CHAT with聽the author of聽Continuous Discovery Habits, Teresa Torres.

  46. 鈥婮un 16: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Teresa's fireside chat and her book.

  47. Sept 8: FIRESIDE CHAT with the author of聽From Start-up to Grown-up, Alisa Cohn.

  48. Sept. 22: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Alisa's fireside chat and her book.

  49. Oct. 6: FIRESIDE CHAT with the author of Blue Ocean Strategies and Beyond Disruption, Ren茅e Mauborgne.

  50. Oct. 20: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Ren茅e's fireside chat and her book.

  51. Nov. 3: FIRESIDE CHAT with the author of Roadmap Rituals, Erica Keswin.

  52. Nov. 17: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Erica's fireside chat and her book.

  53. Dec. 1: FIRESIDE CHAT with the author of Jobs To Be Done, Tony Ulwick.

  54. Dec. 15: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Tony's fireside chat and his book.

  55. Jan. 5: FIRESIDE CHAT with the author of The Founders Dilemmas, Noam Wasserman.

  56. Jan. 19: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Noam's fireside chat and his book.

  57. Feb. 2: FIRESIDE CHAT with the author of Unstuckable, Heather Kernahan.

  58. Feb. 16: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learning from Heather's fireside chat and her book.

Call or text Craig Elias (+1.403.874.2998) if you have any questions or suggestions for future authors and their books.