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OpEd: Cities must plan ahead for innovation without leaving people behind | TechCrunch

Transparency, data privacy and collaboration are critical to urban innovation Yung Wu OpEd (TechCrunch)  8:30 pm EDT•July 21, 2019 From Toronto to Tokyo, the challenges faced by cities today are often remarkably similar: climate change, rising housing costs, traffic, economic polarization, unemployment. To tackle these problems, new technology companies and industries have been sprouting and scaling up with innovative digital solutions […]

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Inertia Kills … Velocity Wins

Inertia Kills … Velocity Wins

Yung Wu is CEO at MaRS Discovery District. Under his leadership, the companies MaRS supports are advancing prosperity through entrepreneurial achievement. Located in Toronto, Canada, MaRS is the world’s largest urban innovation hub. Q1. When you reflect upon your career path, is there a defining moment that influenced where you are today?  I have been fortunate to have had more […]

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OpEd: It’s time for industry to step up and embrace fixing climate change | FastCompany

OpEd: It’s time for industry to step up and embrace fixing climate change | FastCompany

The technology is there, why not the will? Yung Wu OpEd – FastCompany Nov 26 2018 Confirmation of a rapid rise in renewable energy and a decline in coal use should be cause for celebration. Instead, the upbeat forecast issued by the International Energy Agency in its annual report also came with a negative outlook on climate change. While renewable power […]

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To actually change the world, Big Tech needs to grow up | TechCrunch

Yung Wu OpEd TechCrunch 4:00 pm EDT•October 30, 2018 Image Credits: Yuri_Arcurs “Fierce competitor” is one of the biggest, and most culturally ingrained, compliments that exists in sports. The same is true in the technology world. However, as competitors originating from outside of Silicon Valley rise, so do the stakes for previously unchallenged tech firms, like Uber,Facebook and Google, to enter new […]

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OpEd: Talent will determine the world’s next tech investment hubs | VentureBeat

OpEd: Talent will determine the world’s next tech investment hubs | VentureBeat

Image Credit: Shutterstock Yung Wu OpEd VentureBeat August 29 2018 For years, Silicon Valley wasn’t the main place many venture capitalists looked for deals — it was the only place. But the Bay Area is beginning to lose its once vice-like grip on talented workers, and its startup investment market is looking dangerously overheated. Now VCs are lifting their gaze from California and […]

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Bay Street Bull – Power 50

Bay Street Bull – Power 50

Canada: the Great White North, our home and native land. Now, more than ever, our nation stands as a beacon of progress — a trailblazer that continues to set the standard for the rest of the global community. In the fourth annual assemblage of our Power 50 guide, we gathered the major influences — the people, the companies, the ideas, […]

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Cybersecurity: The Dark side of Connectivity …

Cybersecurity: The Dark side of Connectivity …

What do Target, Adobe, Home Depot, Primera Blue Cross, Anthem Health Insurance, Sony, JP Morgan Chase … and Ashley Madison have in common? They’ve all been victims of targeted, malicious and well planned cyber attacks. Norse Corporation has created an interesting real-time attack map showing cyber attacks around the world, illustrating origins and targets.  Helps to put the magnitude of […]

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NFQ !!

NFQ !!

I founded my first company over two decades ago, on a couple of credit cards and a dream (at the time, we referred to it as a “wing and a prayer” … now we prefer to remember it as a “vision for global leadership” *lol*). After 2 economic cycles, 3 major rounds of financing, 3 business model changes, and 2 “perfect storms”, I have reached the conclusion that “success” and “failure” are

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Darwin’s Law for Entrepreneurs:  Adapt or Die

Darwin’s Law for Entrepreneurs: Adapt or Die

How many of us have used that phrase … “Ya gotta love it when a plan comes together !!!” Why does this particular circumstance merit such recognition? Is it so rare, so surprising that an outcome actually resemble what was planned, that it requires its own ‘folk saying’? Let’s think about this for a moment, because for most in the […]

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Is Venture Capital right for you?

Is Venture Capital right for you?

I often get asked about the venture financing process by entrepreneurs who are seeking venture funding for their companies.  And the thing that I always emphasize is that venture financing IS NOT for everyone.  Depending on the entrepreneur and the stage of the business, sources of financing can include family, friends, banks, angel investors, vendors, customers, strategic partners, venture debt […]

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