Three years ago Farhan, David and I started Helpful to build the next generation of enterprise mobile products using AI. We focused on hard problems in fast growing companies for which there was a big market and no existing solution. …


A Community for Dialog

Today Farhan Thawar, David Pardy and our team launched Dialog. It’s an experiment, and here is why…

Dialog is a community dedicated to live, spoken conversation online.

Social media has become toxic. …


By Daniel Debow with David Pardy

Do you care about engagement?

Engagement is a fancy word for getting people to give a 💩. When people give a 💩 it triggers discretionary effort. Teams become proactive. People go above and beyond. The team knows what to do, how to do it…


Written by Daniel Debow and David Pardy

There’s an extremely long, drawn-out engagement crisis underway. It’s been happening for decades.

Disengagement is like a virus that spreads to all parts of the company — from the individual employee, to the team, the department, the customer, and ultimately net profit. It’s…


The anti-diversity manifesto written by a Google engineer and Uber’s sexual harassment probe have sparked needed discussions about sex-based discrimination and harassment in the technology industry. In the midst of this, I’m quietly hearing many well-intentioned men say they feel unfairly stereotyped as sexual harassers and abusers. “It’s a manhunt,”…


Written by Daniel Debow & David Pardy

Smart young people (aka GPSGs — read more here) approach me for career advice a lot. Some ask how to become an entrepreneur, an angel investor, or even a VC (which I have never been). These 20-somethings are looking for something that can’t…


This is a story about how to iterate your company’s high-level positioning to inspire customers and prospects as your company grows. I also cover how to piss people off to your advantage. Read on.

Before diving into tactics, let’s have another short refresher on Geoff Moore’s masterful depiction of The…


People endlessly compare business to sports or war. These analogies have never really resonated for me. I’m not much of an athlete. And thankfully, I’ve never been to war. Instead, I relate to music. And I think that the creation of music has some great lessons for teams in business.


What makes you happy in life? Do you think buying a new thing makes you happy?

According to research from San Francisco State University, the answer is “no.” The study found that people who invest in experiences, rather than stuff, are happier.

Sure, you’ll enjoy the thrill of anticipation before…


A couple of years ago I gave a talk in Halifax at Startup Empire called Killing It with Vision. Even though it’s been years, people still ask me about it. …

daniel debow

Dad of 4, CEO of Helpful.com, ex-Salesforce SVP, founding team at Rypple & Workbrain, angel investor, bass player, adjunct prof @UofTLaw and curious person.

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