Star Spangled Canadians

June 1, 2010

I read Star Spangled Canadians several years ago.  The author had spent time living in both Canada and the US and wished to compare and contrast our two cultures.

While we in Canada tend to make our national pride more about differentiating ourselves from our closest neighbours, there are more similarities than differences.

I’ve had the good fortune to spend a lot of time travelling for business and pleasure between Vancouver, Washington State, Oregon and California (mainly Silicon Valley).  In my experience, Americans are a terrific people.  Resilient, entrepreneurial, smart, driven and thoughtful about social needs.

My father worked a fair bit between Ontario and BC and all along the west coast.  He always marveled at how much easier it was to do business up and down the coast than inside our own borders.  He found the “west coast culture” to be very unique from the eastern Canadian culture.

Anthony Lee is a partner with Silicon Valley based venture firm Altos Ventures and is someone I met when travelling to Silicon Valley for business.  He is a tremendous Canadian doing great things for early stage entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.  Now with the C100 he’s doing great things for Canadian entrepreneurs too.

Check out this National Post article to learn more about the C1oo, Anthony and how you might be able to benefit from what they’re doing.



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