When I was young I was not a big reader. This is likely because I found it arduous when someone told me I had to read something (studying) as opposed to reading something simply out of interest.

As I’ve “grown up” I find myself reading more and more. Everything I read is for pleasure. This includes the reading I had to complete for my CMA designation. When reading for fun I absorb more and get more out of the experience.

The most successful entrepreneurs I know share these three characteristics:

(1) have laser focus,

(2) are great leaders and,

(3) are very well read.

It is because of #3 that I thought I would share this link (thanks C100) on the “Six Must Read Books for every Entrepreneur”


Full disclosure, I haven’t read any of them! But I’ve just ordered them and look forward to doing so!

I’ve had the benefit of exposure to real life entrepreneurship through the two businesses I founded, built and sold. I’ve also been exposed to entrepreneurship in an academic environment through my role in helping form entrepreneurship@UBC.

This Wall Street Journal piece asking whether entrepreneurship can be taught is an interesting one and is worth a read: http://tinyurl.com/7rh63om. Thanks to the C100 for tweeting it.

I think both points of view are correct.

There is no better way to learn how to be an entrepreneur than to just go out and do it. But I believe that universities can teach people how to be better entrepreneurs. They can also serve a very important function by weeding out those people who are romanced by the excitement of entrepreneurship but really crave the security of a regular paycheck.

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.