Hello Multiplicity Friends,
I know we’ve been quiet lately. But we’ve been busy working on some new exciting projects that I can’t wait to share with you shortly (more below). I’m writing this post as partly an update to you, our community and friends, and partly catharsis for myself. As many writers and bloggers would agree, writing helps to organize my thoughts.
As Multiplicity enters its 7th year, I reflect on the many iterations we’ve been through and what’s coming up for us in 2017. It’s interesting to look back on the ups and downs; the startups we’ve mentored; Multiplicity’s events, including our What’s Cool breakfasts, speaker series and four annual Power Up Challenges; publishing this blog and our newsletter for the past four years. As well, if you haven’t noticed yet, we adopted a new look for our website a couple of months ago. All that being said, here’s what we’ve been up to and here’s where we’re going for 2017.
Rajah & Clausehound
If you haven’t heard from Rajah lately, it’s because his head is down focusing on his own startup, Clausehound. For those of you who don’t know, Clausehound’s $10 per month DIY legal library which hosts tens of thousands of legal clauses, contracts, news and blog articles, lawyer commentary and instructional videos. Recent wins for Clausehound include a contract with the Law Society of Upper Canada/RyersonU Law Practice Program to train new law school graduates on contract drafting and review, as well as Clausehound’s collaboration agreements with more than 15 startup services organizations across Canada including Enterprise Toronto, the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator and SFU Radius. Clausehound has published dozens of blogs and over a 100 new legal contracts to its platform since the beginning of 2017 and as a result is the most highly explained and affordable legal document library on the internet.
What’s Up for 2017 – Doing More of What I Love To Do
Analysis and Writing
If you didn’t know, I’m a financial analyst by profession. I love startups and technology (I studied robotics briefly before finance), but I really love being an analyst. For me, being a good analyst, much like being a good entrepreneur, is about finding secrets. As Peter Thiel says “what important truth do very few people agree with you on?”. Or said another way “What do you know that no one else knows?”. While this is part of a founder’s competitive advantage, it’s also part of an analyst’s or an investor’s advantage. Finding those secrets takes labour intensive research, data collection, deep analysis and critical thinking to find counter-intuitive insights. I love to do this type of analysis in my personal hobbies but I’ve never really brought this approach to Multiplicity. That will change in 2017, as I plan to create and publish more original content on a variety of topics such as:
- Analysis of public tech companies translated to insights for startups. Tom Tunguz, Tren Griffin, Alex Wilhelm would be my gold standard.
- Lessons I’ve learned from mentoring a number of startups for the last couple of years.
- Musings on data related technology clusters like AI, IoT, e-commerce, media and advertising.
- Philosophical or conceptual meditations on technology and its impact on society, as well as innovation cycles. My influences lately have been Carlota Perez, Chamath Palihapitiya, Kevin Kelly, Joseph Schumpeter, Thomas Khun, and Chris Dixon.
- Probably some insights I’ve extracted from books I’ve read recently. Tren Griffin does this exceptionally well.
Reading and Curating
This new original content will be provided in addition to the existing curated What’s Cool articles you have become accustom to seeing at the top of our newsletter. I love to read articles from various places on the internet, magazines, blogs, etc. and, even more, I love to curate my readings for you. Most people don’t have time to binge read articles and blog posts, but because of my passion, I make the time and I’m happy to do it for you.
Fun Projects in the Pipeline
Lastly, Multiplicity has a number of large projects coming down the pipeline for 2017, and Rajah and I couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming year. I’ll offer a hint: our first big project, which will be announced shortly, is in the IoT space. If your ears just perked up, subscribe to our newsletter here to get our future IoT news.
This update/catharsis style post will be one of many throughout 2017 as current projects brewing in the background are developed and I get to announce the fun stuff I have planned.
I have one ask, in an effort to deliver the most relevant content possible, please update (or create) your subscriber profile here. I hope everyone has an awesome 2017. I’ll report back shortly.