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Bayview Yards designs released

By Francis Moran

It was freezing cold, often quite dark, and always utterly decrepit at the Bayview Yards a couple of weeks ago, but it didn’t take an imagination any more potent than the woeful propane heaters that were bravely trying to heat up the chilly space to share the city’s vision that this broken-down and vividly graffiti-tagged former works garage will soon be transformed into a funky, design-rich, entrepreneur-friendly, sunshiny bright and — most critically — welcoming space for Ottawa’s startup and technology communities.

Bayview Yards Innovation Centre draft conceptual design plan

We’ve had a few posts on this blog about the city’s plans to turn the old Bayview Yards into an innovation complex for Ottawa’s startup communities, but earlier this month saw the first chance many people had to eyeball the actual space, as well as the enticing draft conceptual design plan developed by local design firm protoypeD.

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December roundup: What does it take to bring technology to market?

By Daylin Mantyka december2013064

Even though we took our usual holiday break in December, we still covered a lot of ground on the blog throughout the month. Leading the pack was a well-received piece by our resident neuromarker, Bob Bailly, followed by a to-the-point post on improving your presentation skills in the new year.

In case you missed any of it, here is a handy recap of our posts, as ranked by the enthusiasm of our readers:

December 11: Would you kill the Fat Man?, by Bob Bailly

December 18: Five keys to your presentation success in 2014, by Anil Dilawri

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Happy holidays

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From all of us here at Francis Moran and Associates, happy holidays and the very best for 2014. We will resume our regular blog postings on January 2.

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Planning for the New Year

By David FrenchBusinessmen-in-conversation

I was recently sitting at a hotel bar and overheard a circle of businessmen talking at a nearby table. I couldn’t help listening in. What I heard spaced over about an hour was strangely familiar:

  • I thought I was going to get rich when I put my new patented invention on the market. Why isn’t it happening?
  • It seemed like a good idea to copy my competitor’s layout. Why am I being sued now?
  • I wrote some code like what I need now at my former employer’s business. I think I will check my old laptop and use it again.
  • Let’s put our daughter and son’s names together and use that as our trademark. I’m sure “Mercedes-Ben’s” will stand out in the marketplace.
  • There’s no point in checking name registers in the United States; we’re never going to sell product in the U.S.
  • Mike is our key man in sales. I’m sure if he invents an improvement to our product that this will belong to the company.

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Damn it, Beyoncé: Now all the pundits will say marketing is unnecessary

By Francis Moranbeyonce

It didn’t take long after music megastar Beyoncé dropped her latest release onto Apple iTunes with no advance warning or usual hype-fest for the armchair pundits and marketing deniers to trumpet that marketing was now dead. It’s a variation on a theme I excoriated a few weeks back where the same know-nothings tell young companies they don’t need to do marketing, they just need to go to SXSW.

In fairness to the NBC article linked above, it does go on to acknowledge that Beyoncé is a never-ending marketing machine who has spent the better part of 25 years building one of the most forceful brands in the entire global cultural marketplace. And in fairness to Kevin Roberts, the Saatchi & Saatchi CEO who was ever-so-briefly quoted in that article, his point was much less about what Beyoncé did and more about the new power consumers enjoy in the marketing equation that obliges brands to build relationships with consumers rather than just bark at them. ”She delivered intimacy. She delivered social connectivity. She delivered a transaction you can buy,” Roberts said in the original Bloomberg news piece from which the NBC article took a single provocative snippet.

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