“Isn’t biz dev all about schmoozing with people?” the suited-up public servant asked when I mentioned my work.

I am happy to say it is not: I have done business development (BD) for clean energy startups, ranging from seed- to series-C funding, for a few years. Not once did I feel the need to get a Rolodex for my contacts — rather, I connected them with similar companies in an effort to strike a mutually-agreeable deal.

I was curious as to how BD differs within tech startups, which move and grow much more quickly than cleantech ones do. As such…


How I survived 1+ month of silent meditation retreats this year.

I started my first 10-day silent meditation retreat less than 1 week after I heard about the opportunity. I chose to participate in the retreat at a beautiful centre in Montebello, Quebec half-way between Montreal and Ottawa in Canada.

Vipassana means “to see things as they really are”.

This meditation centre is one of hundreds across the world, and it is dedicated to the practice of Vipassana Meditation, as taught by the late S. N. Goenka, in the tradition of the master Sayagyi U Ba Khin.

It is a logical process of mental purification through self-observation. Although springing from the…

Lida Tohidi

Diversity & Inclusion / Speaker / Meditation Enthusiast / Consultant / ExTech Founder / Music, Art & Dance Lover / Yoga Fan / Trek & Travel Junkie / Human Being

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