Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.

St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
French bishop

CoFounder’s Lab Coming To Toronto

Come out and meet some of Toronto’s newest entrepreneurs.  This is an event to meet technical and business cofounders for your next startup.

Date:  Wednesday February 5th, 2014
Register: 6:30pmIntroductions: 6:45pm
Roundtable Introductions: 7:00pm
Networking: 7:45pm
End: 9:00pm

Register for a free profile on CoFounder Lab!  To register for the event, check out the MeetUp page.

Past events include a meetup June 2013 at CSI and November 2013 at INcubes.





Have you tasted a startup or want to start your own business? Maybe you’re a serial entrepreneur, a skilled developer or marketer looking to go out on your own, or corporate life simply isn’t for you?

CoFoundersLab Matchup Toronto is an extension of, a FREE online matchmaking platform.

These in-person events complement the online platform by bringing together entrepreneurs looking for co-founders with those people looking to join someone else’s startup as a core team member.

We’ll bring together co-founders, advisers & interns. Hopefully you’ll find your perfect partner to get your business off the ground or to take it to the next level.

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Georgian College Entrepreneurs

The team at Gobi Capital, Scotty Thom and Tamara Haasen, made the trek up to Georgian College to give a short talk to the entrepreneurship students at Georgian College.

Believe it or not, nobody said anything about the running commentary in the bottom left corner.  Not a single question about the idea behind “gothpreneurs”, “I see dead people” or “941 days to go”.  There was a lot more dialogue and it seemed that a few of the students eyes lit up at certain points in the presentation.  As well, there were bevvies at TLC after the talk.

It was also announced that Mr. Thom will be Vice-Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Entrepreneurship Program.

Galbraith On Genius

“Financial genius consists almost entirely of avarice and a rising market.”

– John Kenneth Galbraith
Canadian economist (1908-2006)

King On Focus

“The major problem of life is learning to handle the costly interruptions.  The door that slams shut, the plan that got sidetracked, the marriage that failed.  Or that lovely poem that didn’t get written because someone knocked on the door.”

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)
American Civil Rights Leader
Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

With awareness, comes responsibility.


Imagine the incredible results you’d have if you and your team really focused on a consistent basis.

You’d likely…

  • Contribute more
  • Waste less time ramping back up
  • Serve customers better (internally and externally)
  • Find more customers
  • Come up with more ideas
  • Plan better
  • Be less frustrated and stressed
  • Help others focus more (by interrupting them less)
  • Make more money (for everyone … including you)

Nothing’s guaranteed, of course.  But it’s a better bet.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Everything Explained With Cows


ALTERNATIVE CULTURE: Wow, dude, there’s like… these two cows man. You got to have some of this milk.

ANARCHO-INDIVIDUALISM: You have two cows. The cows decide you have no right to do anything with their milk and leave to form their own society.

ANARCHO-CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.

ANARCHO-COMMUNISM: You have two cows. Either you sell the milk at a fair price or your neighbours try to take the cows and kill you.

ANARCHO-COMMUNISM: You have two cows. Your neighbours help you take care of them, and you all share the milk.

ANARCHO-SYNDICALISM: You have two cows. Your neighbours riot and kill you for trying to sell the milk.

ANARCHO-CHRISTIANISM: You have two cows. God takes care of them and gives you the milk.

ANOMIE: You have two cows. Your neighbour on your left takes one cow, and the one on the right takes the other; while your backyard neighbour takes the milk, the bucket and the stool.

ARISTOCRATISM: You have two cows. You sell both and buy one really big cow – with a pedigree.

ARTIST [VISUAL]: You have two cows. You stuff them and put them in glass display boxes. In London.

AUSTRALIA: You have two cows. They arrived illegally by boat.

BRITISH: You have two cows. They are both mad. They both have bad teeth. You try to sell them in Europe.

BUREAUCRACY: You have two cows. To register them, you fill in 17 forms in triplicate and don’t have time to milk them.

CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You take care of them and sell the extra milk.

CAPITALISM [SWEDISH]: You have two cows. You bought them from IKEA and assembled them yourself (it was cheaper). The Volvo cows last a lot longer but don’t look as trendy.

CAPITALISM [JAPANESE]: You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. They learn to travel on unbelievably crowded trains. Almost all graduated in the top 10 percent of their class. You then create clever cow cartoon images called Cowkimon and market them World-Wide.

CAPITALISM [SWISS]: You have 5000 cows, none of which belongs to you. You charge for storing them for others. If they give milk, you tell no one.

CAPITALISM [WALL STREET]: You have two cows. You sell one, lease it back to yourself and do an IPO on the 2nd one. You force the 2 cows to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when one cow drops dead. You spin an announcement to the analysts that you have reduced your expenses. Your stock goes up.

CAPITALISM [ITALIAN]: You have two cows but you don’t know where they are. While ambling around looking for the cows, you see a beautiful woman. You break for lunch. Life is good.

CAPITALISM [FRENCH]: You have two cows. You go on strike because you want three cows. You go to lunch and drink wine. Life is good.

CAPITALISM [DEMOCRAT]: You have two cows. Your neighbour has none. You feel guilty for being successful. You vote people into office who tax your cows, forcing you to sell one to raise money to pay the tax. The people you voted for then take the tax money and buy a cow and give it to your neighbour. You feel righteous. Barbara Streisand sings for you.

CAPITALISM [REPUBLICAN]: You have two cows. Your neighbour has none. So?

CENTRALISM: You have two cows. And a problem finding them in the middle of the field with 100,000,000 other cows.

CONSERVATIVISM: You have two cows. You freeze the milk and embalm the cows.

COMMUNISM: You have two cows. The government seizes both and provides you with milk. You wait in line for hours to get it. It is expensive and sour.

COOPERATION: You have two cows. The government taxes you to the point that you have to sell both. Your tax is used to support a man in a foreign country who has only one cow, which was originally one of yours, a free gift from your government.

CHRISTIAN-DEMOCRATISM: You have two cows. You keep one and give one to your neighbour. Then you covet it.

DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbours decide who gets the milk.

DICTATORSHIP: You have two cows. The government orders you to drink their milk.

EDUCATIONALISM: You have two cows. You pay for them to go to university. They come home as philosophy graduates and want to debate “The Morality Of Milk In A Cross-Species Society”. Giving milk is now beneath their station in life anyway.

ENVIRONMENTALISM: You have two cows. The government bans you from milking or killing them.

EUROPEAN UNIONISM: You have two cows. The EU develops a quota system that “limits the gas emissions from flatulent cows”. You sell your carbon allotment, not the milk.

EUGENISM: You have two cows. You re-engineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk themselves.

FASCISM: You have two cows. You give the milk to the government and the government sells it.

FEUDALISM: You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk.

FAMILISM: You have two cows. You get married and your partner milks them.

FEMINISM: You have two cows. They refuse to wear bras.

FRISBEETARIANISM: You have two cows. One of them flies up on the roof and gets stuck. You hope the government provides cow ladders.

INDIA: You have two cows. You worship them.

IDEALISM: You have two cows. You give one to your neighbour. He then steals your cow and kills you.

INDUSTRIALISM: You have two cows. You dissect them both and figure out how to build a milk-factory instead.

LAWYERISM: You see two cows and note that their milk has not been labelled “Contains lactose”. You find 20 lactose-intolerant people, start a class action suit against the owner of the cows, the regional dairy co-operative, the distributor and the retailer. You settle out of court for $1M. Lactose intolerant milk drinkers get five dollars each. You get the rest and call it a victory for innocent milk drinkers.

LIBERTARIANISM: Go away. What I do with my cows is none of your business.

MEXICO: You think you have two cows, but you don’t know what a cow looks like. You take a nap.

MONARCHISM: You have two cows. You give some milk to the King/Queen.

NAZISM: You have two cows. You reengineer them so they are all blond, drink lots of beer, give excellent quality milk which they milk themselves, and run a hundred miles an hour. Unfortunately they also demand 13 weeks of vacation per year.

NIHILISM: You have two cows. You let them do what they want.

NEW DEALISM: You have two cows. The government takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and pours the milk down the sink. The government insists there is a giant storage tank where all the milk goes.

PACIFISM: You have two cows. They stampede you.

PEROTISM: You have two cows. You aren’t allowed to sell the milk to Mexico.

PERESTROIKA: You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the Mafia takes all the milk. You steal back as much milk as you can and sell it on the “free” market.

PLATONISM: You have two cows. You look for two other cows to milk.

PLATONISM: You have a reflection of two perfect cows. Their milk tastes like water. You look for two real cows to milk.

POLITICAL CORRECTNESSISM: You are associated with (the concept of “ownership” is a symbol of the phallocentric, warmongering, intolerant past) two differently aged (but no less valuable to society) bovines of no specified gender.

PROTECTIONISM: You have two cows. You can’t buy a bull from another country.

REALISATIONALISM: You have two cows. They are for their calves, their milk was never meant for human consumption.

REDISTRIBUTIONISM: You have two cows. Everyone should have the same amount of cow. The government takes both cows, cuts them up, and spends more than the cows are worth giving everyone a little piece of cow.

SOCIAL-DEMOCRATISM: You have two cows. You give away one cow and get the government to give you a new cow. Then you give them both away.

SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes one of them and gives it to your neighbour.

SOCIALISM [BUREAUCRATIC]: You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else’s cows. They are cared for by ex-chicken farmers. You have to take care of the chickens the government took from the chicken farmers. The government gives you as much milk and eggs as the regulations say you should need.

SURREALISM: You have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.

TALIBANISM: You have all the cows in Afghanistan, which is two. You don’t milk them because you cannot touch any creature’s private parts. At night when no one is looking, you have sex with both of them.

TOTATITARIANISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and denies they ever existed. Milk is banned.

THEOCRACY: You have two cows. The priest takes all your milk to offer it to God and drinks it.

UNITED NATIONISM: You have two cows. France vetoes you from milking them. The United States and Britain veto the cows from milking you. New Zealand abstains.

UTOPIANISM: You have two cows. Mother Nature zaps the cows, turning their udders into eternal milk-shake dispensers.

Two Cows
Two Cows





January 15, 2014 03:15 ET

HyperSolar Extends Agreement With Top University for Research and Development


Company Extremely Pleased With Progress at UC Santa Barbara for Green Hydrogen Production Process


SANTA BARBARA, CA–(Marketwired – Jan 15, 2014) – HyperSolar, Inc. (OTCQB: HYSR), the developer of a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and any source of water, today announced that it has extended its sponsored research agreement with the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) through July of 2014.

HyperSolar’s research is centered on developing a low-cost and submersible hydrogen production particle that can split water molecules under the sun, emulating the core functions of photosynthesis. Each particle is a complete hydrogen generator that contains a novel low-cost high-voltage solar cell bonded to chemical catalysts protected by a proprietary encapsulation coating. A video of an early proof-of-concept prototype can be viewed at

In the next phase of the research program with UCSB, the team aims to achieve the following milestones:

1. Fabricate solar absorbers using low cost methods
2. Build a low cost 1.5 volt prototype particle capable of direct water splitting

Tim Young, CEO of HyperSolar, said, “Our cutting-edge research program at the University of California Santa Barbara led by Dr. Syed Mubeen Hussaini continues to make impressive progress. The recently announced 1.1 volt milestone is very exciting in that it provides us with a clear and encouraging roadmap to reach the 1.5 volts needed for splitting water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. We believe that producing renewable hydrogen anywhere there is water and sunlight is the key to realizing a sustainable hydrogen economy. For example, using our technology, hydrogen fueling stations could be built next to self-contained solar hydrogen production plants.”

“We are very encouraged by the recent announcements from Hyundai, Honda, Toyota and other major auto manufacturers regarding the delivery of hydrogen fuel cell cars next year,” continued Young. “We believe there is going be increasing demand for a greener way to produce hydrogen, and we believe that the best way to make green hydrogen is using sunlight and water.”

About HyperSolar, Inc.

HyperSolar is developing a breakthrough, low cost technology to make renewable hydrogen using sunlight and any source of water, including seawater and wastewater. Unlike hydrocarbon fuels, such as oil, coal and natural gas, where carbon dioxide and other contaminants are released into the atmosphere when used, hydrogen fuel usage produces pure water as the only byproduct. By optimizing the science of water electrolysis at the nano-level, our low cost nanoparticles mimic photosynthesis to efficiently use sunlight to separate hydrogen from water, to produce environmentally friendly renewable hydrogen. Using our low cost method to produce renewable hydrogen, we intend to enable a world of distributed hydrogen production for renewable electricity and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. To learn more about HyperSolar, please visit our website at

Safe Harbor Statement
Matters discussed in this press release contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this press release, the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “may,” “intend,” “expect” and similar expressions identify such forward-looking statements. Actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those contemplated, expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained herein, and while expected, there is no guarantee that we will attain the aforementioned anticipated developmental milestones. These forward-looking statements are based largely on the expectations of the Company and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. These include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties associated with: the impact of economic, competitive and other factors affecting the Company and its operations, markets, product, and distributor performance, the impact on the national and local economies resulting from terrorist actions, and U.S. actions subsequently; and other factors detailed in reports filed by the Company.

 SOURCE: HyperSolar, Inc.

Camus On Experience

You cannot create experience.
You must undergo it.

Albert Camus (1913–1960)
French writer
Nobel Prize winner

SalesQuote - You cannot create experience.  You must undergo it.

Sales Luck

One thing that’s helpful to me when I catch myself shying away from
taking a risk…

I remember that I’m not so important that a mistake or failure will likely have any lengthy impact or be that difficult to overcome with a little extra effort and time. (If you happen to be a head of state, a Supreme Court Justice, or a military general, maybe you need to be a little more careful. Of course, I’m fairly confident you’re not getting SalesQuotes. But, then again…)

luck: (noun) a force that makes things happen

You want more luck? Be the force that makes it happen…

  1. Prepare. Work hard to be ready for the opportunities that are important to you. Research. Practice. Perfect.
  2. Be awake. Pay attention to the people, events, and things around you. Evaluate logically and trust your gut instinct.
  3. Take action. Put yourself out there. Explore. Be vulnerable. Make contact with people. Take risks.
  4. Expect positive results. Optimism improves your chances. If (when) you fail, embrace the lesson and continue on, smarter.

That’s it. Now go be lucky (and sell something).

(inspire yourself or your team with a Push Your Luck pocket card or wristband … click here)

“Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the gods. So let us celebrate the struggle.”

– Swahili Warrior Song

I wrote that down in a notebook almost 20 years ago. It’s a quote that opens the movie Lorenzo’s Oil (1992) … a motivating thought for challenging times.

But I sometimes wonder if it’s possible to celebrate the struggle so much that that becomes all we want … struggle, conflict, challenge.

Use this link for a few more thoughts and a 6-minute video about
gratitude and living in the moment (after the money hours or on a well-earned break … might want to show this one to your family too … a great monthly reminder).

Bono On Pushing It

When you stop taking chances
You’ll stay where you sit
You won’t live any longer
But it’ll feel like it

Bono (1960 – )
Irish music artist and activist

What will you do today?  Will you take a little step towards taking a chance?  Or will you stretch and reach for the stars?

Bono performing with U2 in 2011