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Flexible Workspace: What is it and Who Benefits?

I recently read an interesting Flexible Workspace Study about how flex space is perceived by end users; individuals responsible for procuring office space for their companies; coworking and serviced office providers and landlords. The survey was not huge as the study describes its composition as being “The survey was sent to over 500 people across the industry.”. However, combined with my experiences here at Telsec Business Centres for going on 4 years and as an end user I’d agree with much of what the study shows as the benefits of the workplace environment for workers and organizations. What is Flexible Workspace or Flex Space? Flexible workspace: the term the industry uses to refer to any type of space outside of the conventional lease market. Identifying the different...

This Weeks Top Posts for SME Businesses & Startups

This is the first of many weekly roundups that will be published on Fridays. Our goal for this information is to help The Telsec Community and all businesses and startups navigate the choppy waters of entrepreneurship! We hope the mix of marketing, business and self improvement articles aids you in finding good information for your daily reading needs. The 10 Things You Must Do From Day One so Your Startup Thrives Considering launching your own business? While there’s no shortage of advice on the subject, these 10 small business tips from an accomplished Silicon Valley entrepreneur are battle tested. By far the most important and detailed of the 10 start-up tips is the first one: get started on the right foot by covering the basics. From starting your business while you are still emp...

Facebook and Google Face Advertiser Push Back

Facebook and Google are finding out that the problem with massive disruption is when landscape gets all churned up it isn’t able to provide a stable foundation until it settles, which can often take several years. Facebook counts nearly ¼ of all people on Earth as users. It has a reach so incomprehensibly big it’s very difficult to fathom. Google is, by far, the world’s largest advertising company with its ubiquitous AdWords ads, 60% of the display ad market through its DoubleClick unit, and a virtual monopoly on searchable online videos with YouTube. More than any other Internet behemoths, Facebook and Google are the biggest beneficiaries of the shift in ad revenue from traditional media sources like television, magazines, and newspapers. Together, they have become the gatekeepers of the ...

Horsemen coming? Don’t Panic

Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt are three of four harbingers of ill omen. The fourth is more of a following spirit made up of innumerable desperate decisions. It’s called Panic. They are social and economic contagions and though they spread at different times and rates, they tend to follow the same directions and end up in the same foul and musty places. The markets are all over the map this morning but investors surfed through two days of serious uncertainty yesterday and on Monday. The scariest part in the aftermath is thinking about who, or more precisely, what market managers blamed for the sharpest decline on the Dow since 2008. Algorithmic trading and the arbitrage found in between where numbers fall. Trading sophistication so enormous and virtually unpredictable in its scope and decisi...

Traveling Past the Polar Vortex

It’s coming back and it’s going to be harsh. Thirty six to forty eight hours from the time this is written, the temperature is going to plummet and Toronto will freeze under the icy blanket of another polar vortex. In two days time, Toronto will be as cold as the Arctic. The cold snap is expected to last ten to fourteen days before it breaks. Here are a few tips to help keep you from breaking before it does. First, please remember that Friday is Groundhog Day which, at that time, will probably mean one of two things to you depending on if you’re a half full or half empty sort. Those who are half empty will remember that the Mars-scape that faces them Friday morning will be their realities for the foreseeable future and be bummed. The half-full set, on the other hand, will remember that no ...

The Report

The body of the report spanned thirty pages alone, perhaps more. Every minute detail, every compromise decision, every last mistake was supposed to be laid bare and spelled out for the entire world, and more importantly those who held the IT and marketing teams accountable, to see. Because the material ventured into highly technical information understood by only a fraction of the people who would read it, an equally lengthy glossary of terms accompanied it, along with an appendix filled with expanded diagrams, graphs, and charts, most of which couldn’t be made to fit properly in the body of the report itself. Oddly enough, nobody in the chain of people who received the report felt in the least worried about the findings. Even the developers, those poor souls whose work was being dissected...

The Joy of Interesting Times

“I didn’t want to live in interesting times!” says the graffiti scrawled on a fence at Bloor and Bedford Rd. in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood. All times are interesting for the curious mind but some times are more interesting than others. These are most certainly some of those times. Every day, new names get added to the unseen wall of shame in a movement that isn’t waiting quietly while suffering silently any more.  Hundreds of prominent and powerful people (the staggeringly vast majority of whom are sectorialy powerful men), and enormous business empires are being challenged or destroyed altogether by the unforeseen consequences of people talking openly about their public and private behaviours. Revolutions are intensely interesting. This post might be about predators like Harvey Weinste...

An Era of Unlimited Rhino Horns

We have entered the era of unlimited replica rhino horns. I’m not sure I’ve ever written as silly a serious sentence but it is true. In an interesting attempt to discourage the ivory trade, a Seattle based biotech firm named Pembient has created a synthetic rhinoceros horn using keratin and a 3D printer.  Keratin is the substance hair, fingernails, and rhino horns are made of.  The goal is to produce a biofabricated horn that is indistinguishable from the real thing on all but a cellular level and to thus save the endangered rhinoceros. Welcome to 2018, the year of good people doing good things with the grace of knowledge, talent and technology available to them. This might seem redundant but it is constantly amazing how much knowledge and technology is available for free to anyone with an...

Trends in the business space looking forward

It’s the end of the year as we’ve known it and more of us are several yards short of fine. Only after the phrase “dumpster fire” becomes a frequently used descriptor on the national newscasts does one realize they’ve entered a new place, a terra incognito built simultaneously on fear and false equivalency. But that’s where we are and that’s what drives culture and culture is both cause and outcome of business. If only the only thing to fear was fear itself. That luxury is so last decade. Writing this piece while simultaneously checking social media and listening to the drone of cable news in the other room one might think we’re on the edge of a swirling abyss, surfing the event horizons of several significant disasters at the same time. So this isn’t really a predictions piece. It is more ...

Why the Sudden Changes with the Web?

These might be the waning days of the new economy created by the digital communications revolution. For the better part of the last three decades every aspect of our culture has been altered, accelerated, surpassed, and often destroyed by the Internet and most importantly, by the Internet’s favourite four letter F word, F-R-E-E. It’s been a wild ride but it was never really sustainable. Along the way, we’ve devalued our recent cultural creations and made it far harder for artists to scrape out a semblance of a decent living. A recent story in The New Yorker magazine, “Who Owns the Internet?” outlined the experience of Levon Helm, drummer for the seminal rock group The Band. After The Band broke up and Helm retired from rock music, he was living a comfortable life on royalty che...