It’s great until it’s not.

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Startup life has its allure. The promise of being your own boss and not having to take orders from anyone else sounds wonderful to some, for others it’s the promise of a massive sum of money if they execute effectively and get an exit, and for others yet, it’s the ability to passionately build one’s own vision. I definitely understand the allure, having lived this startup life and especially being excited about the latter two of those three.

However, there’s another side to startup life that people don’t see when weighing their decision to join that crazy world. It’s not…


The world is on the cloud now. Your backups, your music, your photos, your social media…basically everything that you use on a day-to-day basis resides on servers around the world, and very little actually runs on your personal machine anymore. This has had some very positive side effects — we can do things with computing that we never could before due to near-infinite computing resources being available in a more on-demand fashion, and new services have been able to get started because they no longer have to foot the up-front infrastructure construction costs.

However, there are some negative consequences of…


Communication…the ever-evolving art of effectively delivering a message to one’s audience. With that surface-level definition, communication would seem to be nothing more than a basic expression of one’s thoughts, whether it be in oral or written form. Simple enough, right? Yet so many people fail at it, and arguably the worst failures in connecting the message with the audience occur in the tech industry.

It is certainly understandable why this is the case. One only needs to look as far as the recent grilling of Mark Zuckerberg by Congress to realize how much is not understood about the internet, how…


December 6th is a day that is engrained in the hearts and minds of Canadians as a day of horrific violence against women some 28 years ago. It created political change in terms of gun control policies in Canada, and created (some limited) societal change on the front of violence against women. But for Canadian engineering graduates and students, it made visible clear issues related to the deeply entrenched challenges faced by women in our field — issues that we continue to wrangle with to this day, and came very much to the forefront very recently.

The motivation of the…


Entrepreneurship is hot right now. In the way it is glorified by the TV shows, movies, and news media, who wouldn’t want to be an entrepreneur? I mean, you get to choose your own hours, be your own boss, build your idea into a multi-billion dollar enterprise…it sounds pretty sweet! However, the real world usually hits new (and unprepared) entrepreneurs with roughly the fire power of a jet-powered dump truck loaded with a hydrogen bomb. …

Leejay Schmidt

Software developer and former tech founder, who likes to apply a critical lens to everything to see what can be learned and how to grow from it.

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