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Why RIM could and should bounce back: Mobile needs to innovate

By Jesse Rodgers

RIM has had a hard time since Apple’s iPhone came out. Apple did more than bring the world a touch screen and the app store. It took apart the carrier/phone model on which RIM was an absolute genius at building a strong company. Most people focus on feature for feature device comparison but in reality it is what happened behind the scenes that I think hurt RIM the most.

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From whiteboard to customers: a perspective from the startup world

Editor’s note: This is the first of what we hope will be many contributions from Jesse Rodgers. I first met Jesse via Twitter, and then in person when he became director of Velocity, the student dormcubator at the University of Waterloo. I seem to run into him every time I go to the Waterloo region and he’s always in the middle of conversations with interesting people. I asked him if he’d consider contributing to our blog because I liked the stuff he was writing on his own space and on StartUpNorth. I was delighted when he said yes.

Welcome aboard, Jesse. I’m sure I’m with our readers when I say we’re looking forward to your insights on how to bring technology to market.

-Francis Moran

By Jesse Rodgers

I am excited to write my first post for Francis Moran and Associates. Francis is someone that I have crossed paths with many times over the years and having him ask me to start writing for this blog was a nice surprise. I have always learned a lot from our interactions and I hope I can contribute to the great stuff found on this blog.

I am often called the ‘startup person’ but I have spent the last 10 years working in higher education working on web-based technology. Only in the last seven years have I been focused on building connections between the University of Waterloo and the startup community. I was lucky enough to help shape one of Canada’s best incubator/accelerator programs (that is extra-curricular, like a varsity startup team) for student entrepreneurs for the last three years.

I only found the courage to do my own startup a little more than three years ago. I co-founded TribeHR, which has gone from a whiteboard idea to a funded startup with offices in Waterloo and Boston. It has been an exciting ride but when I look at what I knew just 15 months ago and what I know now, I don’t really understand how 15-month-ago me could make decisions.

What happened in the last 15 months that changed me?

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