Mon, 31 August 2015
Opportunity in Challenges
Introducing Chris Boudreau
Constraints and challenges in life can be looked at two ways; they can be seen as barriers and limitations or as opportunities and creative inspirations. One man that takes the latter approach is Chris Boudreau. Chris is a serial entrepreneur living in New Brunswick and also Dave’s peer coach. Chris cofounded Leveling the Curve Energy with his partner, Hélène Eusanio.
LTC has a mandate to fill a gap by connecting new technology for renewable and carbon reduction power generation. According to Chris, one of the main problems with making our power grid more renewable is challenges and constraints like money and available technology. His company takes on these challenges by developing new technologies that disrupt the status quo and make renewable energy happen in a meaningful way.
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Direct download: BP063ChrisBoudreau.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 9:50am -04
Wed, 26 August 2015
The “Heart” of Leadership
Introducing Dr. Marc Pelletier
Entrepreneurial skills are not exclusive to those who run their own businesses. In fact, a lot can be learned from the leadership of non-entrepreneurs. Dr. Marc Pelletier is a great example of this. Marc is a native New Brunswicker and an expert cardiac surgeon. Marc moved back to New Brunswick a few years ago to pursue a better work/life balance after stints in Halifax, Montreal, Stanford University, and Toronto. His new role is Head of Cardiac Surgery at the New Brunswick Heart Centre.
As a leader in the New Brunswick health care system, Marc position blurs the line between doctor, civil servant, and businessman in order to reach the best outcomes for both his patients and the government’s wallet. His ability to interchangeably switch his thinking from doctor to businessperson has allowed more and better surgeries to take place in the province. Taking the business approach he learned in the American health care system, Marc has been able to encourage the government to hire more nurses and doctors instead of shipping patients to other provinces at a cost of $3 million annually. This episode is a great one to listen to for anyone looking to use the entrepreneurial mindset at whatever task they are looking to take on.
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Direct download: BP062MarcPelletier.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 3:30pm -04
Mon, 3 August 2015
Finding Opportunity to be Extraordinary
Introducing Pete McMath
Sometimes business ideas come from revelations you have in your daily life. This is exactly what went down with this week’s Boiling Point guest, Pete McMath. Pete was working in guitar repair and sales in Fredericton, New Brunswick. In his day-to-day, he would commonly come across customers that had issues with their instruments and particularly were less than impressed with their instrument cases. For most musicians, their instrument is more valuable then the money it costs and damage received during transport can feel disastrous.
The instrument case business hasn’t changed a lot over the decades. While typical luggage has evolved to have things like wheels and carbon fiber protection, most instrument cases have stayed the same like grand mom’s old polyester suitcase. Pete knew something had to be done to protect people’s prized possessions and the result has been Timbre Cases. Pete now takes ideas from the auto and aerospace industry to provide tougher and lighter cases that keep its’ contents safe from wear and tear. Now he has orders coming from around the world and continues to build a business that strives to offer not just an instrument case, but also an extraordinary product.
In this episode
Links and References
- The Purple Cow by Seth Godin
- Dave Carroll's United Breaks Guitars
Direct download: BP061PeteMcMath.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 12:46pm -04