My heart breaks a little sometimes.

Heart by Eduard Mykhailov dribbble.com

A piece of me feels lost, confused and longs for answers. Answers to questions that might seem trivial to some, but to others, are crucial to the circumstances that led to asking them in the first place.

The first time my heart truly broke, was in the midst of sitting down with women seeking shelter and a place to call home. These women had their own questions and stories to tell, and spent years and years trying to find a sense of belonging.

We sat down in the activity room of that daytime shelter…


In the current, crowded world of digital marketing, startups need to exert substantial efforts to reach their users or customers. However, marketing isn’t enough for startups to create customer experiences that result in engagement and retention.

Not only is the competition fierce, but the online tools and resources available are easily copied and relatively not hard to implement. Customers have more power than ever to say what they think regarding your product or service, with the ability to state and communicate to others quickly about their experiences, whether it’s by writing a blog post or leaving negative feedback.

Service design…


There’s an unhealthy phenomenon in the startup world that if you don’t work 80–95 hours a week, you won’t be successful. The life of an entrepreneur can be chaotic and unpredictable because it’s difficult to run a business, be in charge of a team, and plan for future growth, all the while balancing other elements in your life.

That’s why the best entrepreneurs know that managing time properly is an invaluable skill to master and quite a difficult asset to manage.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Brad Aeon, PhD, John Molson School of Business time management researcher, at TedxConcordia…


The fast-paced breakthrough of biotechnology has made it possible to picture a future where diseases and genetic-disorders can be treated.

The number of research publications using Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, or [CRISPR] for short, as a technology have increased drastically over the past 10 years.

According to Elsevier, in 2015, the number of articles related to CRISPR (1185) almost tripled compared with the combined growth rate in publication output for the other methods.

The breakthrough of this technology and what it is capable of achieving has been beyond the unthinkable. …


“Right now, and for the first time ever, a passionate and committed individual has access to the technology, minds, and capital required to take on any challenge.” — Peter Diamandis, Co-Founder Singularity University

On October 11th and 12th, District 3 will be bringing Montreal’s most innovative minds to spark a conversation in emerging technology, and will be live streaming speakers from the SingularityU Canada Summit event taking place in Toronto.

Aligned with District 3’s core pillars of innovation, entrepreneurship, and collaboration, SingularityU Canada is focusing on Canadian challenges and global solutions. …

Rana Abbasi

Fascinated by cultures, languages, technology and, innovation. A wannabe polyglot, illustrator, and dancer.

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