Why Perks Don’t Equal Company Culture

Holly Oegema is a student in Software Engineering studying at the University of Waterloo. Currently she is working on the 360Insights development team as an intern. A common trend that I’ve seen in the tech industry is that the quality of company culture is often determined by how many employee perks are offered. A lot

The Importance of Diversity in Tech

The problem of diversity in tech is not a new problem.  Here’s an example: The earliest airbags that graced the automobiles of the American auto-industry ended up contradicting their purpose of saving lives when they wound up killing many women and children. The reason? The all-male teams of engineers that worked on the devices had

My Excellent Haitian Adventure Pt. 3

Have you ever been right in the centre of really incredible chaos? Driving (or rather being driven) through Haiti re-defined for me what chaos even really means.  My desktop dictionary says that chaos means “complete disorder and confusion” and however succinct and accurate those words may be, sometimes we need to truly live something in

My Excellent Haitian Adventure Part 1

Where do I find the perfect balance between “awareness” and “worrying”? Seriously – I would love to hear people’s feedback on this, so please leave your thoughts in the comments. Getting briefed by World Vision to prepare for a trip to Haiti is actually a bit distracting.  It’s one of those things where I know

The Champion’s Mindset For Business Leaders

“I’ve been here before in my head so many times. To everybody else it’s my first Olympics, but to me it’s my thousandth.” – Mikaela Shiffrin, reigning Olympic slalom champion. The more we learn about the human mind/body connection and its workings, the more we are able to cast aside the notion of natural talent

Mandatory Viewing: Top 7 TED Talks On Success

Last week on his podcast, Tim Ferriss featured a 3-part discussion with Kevin Kelly.  If you aren’t familiar with Kelly, it’s tough to know where to begin giving you an easy descriptor.  You may know him as the founding editor of Wired or from his cogent essay 1000 True Fans.  Writer, photographer, polymath…maybe genius?  Whatever