The Bacon Bits 'n' Bytes Podcast

The Bacon Bits 'n' Bytes Podcast

The Bacon Bits 'n' Bytes Podcast is where a bit of business and byte of technology come together. This podcast is like the bits n bytes party mix for your listening pleasure. Karen Swyszcz, the host, (founder of Makinthebacon) chats with various entrepreneurs on what it's like to run your own business, how to stay productive, the importance of learning certain technology-related skills and more. Visit the website to learn more about the host and read the blog - makinthebacon.com... Show More

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January 11, 2021 68 min

Trying to connect with people can be quite difficult if your goals are not aligned or you don't share the same passion for something.  

Passionfruit is the brainchild of creator Paul Deng who came up with the concept of his social app while volunteering at Toronto Distress Centres, where he realized that there was a need for people to make deep, genuine, and long-lasting connections. Without such connections, individuals can be...

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Jennifer Hargreaves is the Founder and CEO of tellent. tellent is a flexible work recruitment and social impact organization with a mission to create more equal opportunities for women to lead and earn. Through a job board and virtual networking platform, she supports women on their journeys to finding work that works for them (flexible work). tellent also helps forward-thinking and inclusive businesses to access professional and s...

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Women entrepreneurs account for only 16% of business owners in Canada. It's time to invest in change.  ELLA is a community and an accelerator for women, by women.  Their mission is to reduce the gap of gender inequality in entrepreneurship. They believe that every woman entrepreneur should have access to the community, information and resources needed to scale their business. 

In this episode, I chat with Nicole Troster, the ma...

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"You never know what the market wants until you go and talk to them' - Ardalan Benam, AI scientist and serial entrepreneur. Ardalan is someone who really understands what it means to be an entrepreneur and provides some honest, no BS advice for those who are looking to get into this world. As he puts it, there are so many easier ways to make money and that you shouldn't get into entrepreneurship for the money. 

 

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September 25, 2020 46 min

Being a former personal finance blogger, but still a personal finance nerd, I loved having this type of discussion with Sandy Yong, Keynote Speaker and Award-Winning Author of The Money Master  Book.

 

Sandy Yong earned a business degree at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. After graduation, she started her career and began saving her hard-earned money. She naively invested in high-fee, high-risk mutual funds and soon lost tho...

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September 2, 2020 49 min

Lee Chambers is one amazing individual.  He is a Wellbeing Consultant, Workshop Facilitator and Sleep Specialist. Through relearning how to walk after illness, working in different industries, and building 2 businesses, and studying a number of advanced qualifications, he has now brought all this together to improve wellbeing advancement.

He does this by working with organisations to help them become more conscious and purposeful,...

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From online banking to digital payment processing, the fintech industry has evolved and continues to evolve tremendously.

In this episode, I have an open and honest conversation about finances with FinTech entrepreneur, Co-Founder and CEO of Ostrich, William Glass. 

His mission is improving financial well-being globally. As founder & CEO of his company, Ostrich, William’s mobile app addresses financial literacy deficits by
crea...

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 Adam Mendler is the CEO of The Veloz Group, where he co-founded and oversees ventures across a wide variety of industries: Beverly Hills Chairs, the leading seller of refurbished Herman Miller Aeron
chairs in the country; Custom Tobacco, a one-of-a-kind e-commerce platform where customers can
create fully customized, private-label cigars in real-time; and Veloz Solutions, a technology consulting
and software development practice. ...

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Note: This conversation with Steve Hoffman (aka Captain Hoff) was recorded back in May when there were still many restrictions in place during the lockdown. He shares his insights on how the pandemic has affected both startups and investors and how he has never been busier, tackling the many things on his to-do list 

Steve considers himself to be someone who was always innovating on his life, likes challenges and doesn't like r...

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*Note: This episode contains explicit language*

In this episode, we're talking about the F-word. Failure or as others like to call it "A fuckup". I chat with Marsha Druker, the Founder and Director of Fuckup Nights Toronto about the importance of sharing the failure, especially for entrepreneurs and why children need to be educated about failure at a young age so they learn how to deal with it early on. She also shares ...

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Entrepreneur and cybersecurity expert Tawana Anderson tells her story of growing up in a rough neighbourhood and becoming a teen mom. She shares these experiences in her book, Bruised and Broken To Shine, available on her website and Amazon.com.

We also discuss how being broken is not necessarily a bad thing, in that you have to go through things sometimes in order to let that light shine through. 

Connect with Tawana:

IG: @taw...

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Due to self-isolation and the current social distancing rules, it's no doubt that people are spending even more time online on social media, surfing the net, streaming shows and listening to podcasts. 

This is the time where you may want to consider pitching yourself to journalists and to podcast hosts. Media expert Christy Laverty shares tips for entrepreneurs on how they can get visible in a big way with media coverage by bei...

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Arlan Hamilton is the incredible woman who built Backstage Capital from the ground up while homeless. Backstage Capital is a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now raised more than $10 million and invested in more than 130 startup companies led by underestimated founders. In ...

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Interesting fact: This episode was recorded the day before the COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic by WHO. In addition to discussing diversity in tech, Danielle Meadows-Stinnett of Octane Designs and I were also chatting about how education and the way people are learning is evolving. And now there is a surge in not just people taking e-courses but the consumption of online content overall. 

Instagram: octanedesigns

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April 13, 2020 2 min

Listen to some of the bloopers from recording Ep.018 with some of the team members from 6initiative.

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The entrepreneurial journey has many ups and downs, sometimes on the same day- which is why it's so important to find a community that can support you along the way. 

In this group interview, I chat with some of the members from the 6initiative team, an entrepreneurial community platform that provides resources, connections and guidance to side hustle/small business owners. 

We chat about what makes their events so successful a...

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There have been many misconceptions of competitive gaming, also known as Esports, but it is a billion-dollar industry with millions of people playing it around the world.  In this episode, I chat with Arwina Mogul, (Yes, that is her real last name), the CEO of the online gaming community platform, Beam.gg.  

She shares how her love for gaming began when she was a child. In high school, Arwina became even more serious about gaming. ...

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In this episode, I chat with Shann McGrail, the executive director of Haltech -- a non-profit organization based in the Halton Region that works with technology companies to accelerate innovation for business growth.  

Shann talks about her leadership skills/style developed more after university and when she first started working. 

She provides her definition of a woman in tech and the need for everyone to part of the conversation ...

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Whenever I think of venture capital and investing in early-stage companies, the shows Dragon's Den and Shark's Tank come to mind. 

In this episode, I chat with Nitya Rajendran, a senior associate at Tribeca Venture Partners - an NYC based VC firm that focuses on tech startups mainly in New York. She shares how combining her passion for finance and working closely with entrepreneurs at Georgetown University made her want to ...

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Episode 14 kicks off Season 2 with an interview with the founder of Motify (idea came from combining the words "motivate" and "simplify"), Shauna-Kay Jones. 

Editor's note:  Motify is mispronounced by the host and should be pronounced as "moh-tify". 

Shauna shares how the idea for Motify came from helping her brother (who is on the Autism spectrum) choose which school and program would be the right fit f...

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