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Entrepreneur versus employee (+ 10 things that I didn't expect)

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My slide deck from a guest lecture at the University of Toronto Scarborough's "New Ways of Work" course on October 28, 2009. Time slot was 2 hours of presentation, break, & Q/A. …

My slide deck from a guest lecture at the University of Toronto Scarborough's "New Ways of Work" course on October 28, 2009. Time slot was 2 hours of presentation, break, & Q/A.

Combined a deck from Refresh Events entitled "Entrepreneur versus employee" (http://bit.ly/2iBar) that was presented before I became an entrepreneur. Similar slides, different content.

Added a new deck entitled "10 things I didn't expect" to share more of what I've learned now that I'm in this world.

Enjoy! Contact me @skanwar or http://sati.sh if anything.

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  • Sprouter - Thanks for the absolutely amazing support! I am more excited each and every waking day to be doing what I am now, and am learning in very real ways that I didn't imagine. I'm proud to have a team I can stand behind 150% - that's our key to success, right next to the people that care (like you).

    Wilson - The only place to go from anywhere, is forward. Plan and think about what success means to you... what you want to do and for what reasons. Know what you want to work towards, get a 1-year plan and 10-year vision, and then ACT.

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  • Thanks for sharing ... so from your experience, what would you recommend as first steps? ie. where do I go from here?
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  • Satish - absolutely love the presentation. Especially the 10 things you've learned - I think it's so true, at a startup you wear many hats. It seems like it was an amazing decision to branch out on your own. The number one reason you guys have been able to grow is that you do quality, amazing work - you can't underestimate the power of an amazing product or service. Good luck, and know that we're always behind you!

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  • My slide deck from a guest lecture at the University of Toronto Scarborough's 'New Ways of Work' course on October 28, 2009. Time slot was 2 hours of presentation, break, & Q/A.

    Combined a deck from Refresh Events entitled 'Entrepreneur versus employee' (http://bit.ly/2iBar) that was presented before I became an entrepreneur. Similar slides, different content.

    Added a new deck entitled '10 things I didn't expect' to share more of what I've learned now that I'm in this world.

    Enjoy! Contact me @skanwar or http://sati.sh if anything.
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  • 1. Entrepreneur versus employee
    Why I do what I do today
    and why you should(n’t)
    Satish Kanwar
    October 28, 2009
  • 2. 10 things that I didn’t expect
    After I quit my job
    to start my own business
    Satish Kanwar
    October 28, 2009
  • 3. Entrepreneur versus employee
    Why I do what I do today
    and why you should(n’t)
    Satish Kanwar
    October 28, 2009
  • 4. Hello
    My name is
    Satish Kanwar and I’m
    a work in progress in
    Scarborough Toronto, Canada.
  • Yesterday
    I worked in channel marketing
    at Microsoft Canada
    • BBA at UTSC ‘08
    • 13. Partner at Vdot Media
    • 14. Co-op at HP Canada
    • 15. Co-op at Microsoft Canada
  • Today
    I create digital experiences
    at Jet Cooper
    • Twestival Toronto
    • 16. Pay It Backward Day
    • 17. Impatient Theatre Improv
  • Show of hands
    Employees?
    Entrepreneurs?
    Little bit of both?
  • 18. Defining success is a good start
    Financial?
    Career?
    Relationship?
  • 19. One isn’t better than the other,it just depends on where you’re atright now.
    Stage in life?
    Personality?
    Latest crush?
  • 20. Evaluating variables
    1. Income
    2. Lifestyle
    3. People
  • 21. 1. Income
    Money moneymoney
    • Time is your most valuable commodity
    • 22. No commitments or children (known)
    • 23. Economy schmaconomy
  • 2. Lifestyle
    How the days go down
    • Work hard, no matter what
    • 24. Never get comfortable, no matter what
    • 25. Look for structure, but not stability, no matter what
  • 3. People
    Zombies are people too
    • Don’t suck and move up VS sucking is not an option
    • 26. Resource-oriented VS opportunity-oriented
    • 27. Surround yourself with smarter people
  • Simply put
    This is what I think
    • Determined VS variable path
    • 28. Things don’t happen for a reason
    • 29. Just because your good at something
  • Diagramming
    Because I bought a Moleskin
  • 30. WIN
    Success > $1M
    +10
    Clarity >
    +5
    Decision >
    Now
    Confusion >
    -1
    FAIL
  • 31. Choosing
    Entrepreneurial black hole
  • 32. Not choosing
    “90% of the world doesn’t even consider
    the question.” – Andrew Peek, UTSC ‘06
  • 33. It’s okay to fail. Everyone waits for “the” moment. The more you fail, the more epic that will be.
    It will rain awesomesauce, I swear.
  • 34. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.Explore. Dream. Discover."
    Mark Twain
  • 35.
  • 36. 10 things that I didn’t expect
    After I quit my job
    to start my own business
    Satish Kanwar
    October 28, 2009
  • 37. 1. I would have this much fun
    We have a beer fridge
  • 38. 2. It would be an emotional roller-coaster
    Euphoria to ground zero
  • 39. 3. I would wear 1,000,000 hats
    Accountant, Human Resources, Operations, Business
    Development, Account Management, Strategist,
    Community Manager, Business Planner, Cleaner,
    Kitchen Aid, Beer Buyer, Coffee Runner, and
    Everything-In-Between
  • 40. 4. Luck is a factor
    We don’t have a website
  • 41. 5. People would care
    #jetcooper
  • 42. 6. I really don’t know anything
    But I pretend to know everything
  • 43. 7. It would take over my life
    I still haven’t seen District 9
  • 44. 8. My story changes every day
    This is already outdated
  • 45. 9. We would grow so soon
    Satish, Verne, Darcy and Mustafa
  • 46. 10. Somebody already told me this
    Just like I’m telling you
  • 47. Contact me
    For anything,
    anytime, anyway
    Satish Kanwar
    Twitter: @skanwar
    Blog: http://sati.sh
    Email: satish@jetcooper.com