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Jul 17

Video Test

This is a test of the video system

Jan 14

Small Business, Big Impact

My alma mater is Babson College, a small but very powerful hub of entrepreneurship. My dad often asked if my post-grad plans included starting a company, to which I replied that I wanted to first gain corporate experience at a large, established firm.

I was absolutely sure that a large, established firm was the place for me, a newly minted college grad. My corporate internships were at large firms and it was the path I’d chosen. Where else was I going to get training, mentors, and exposure to well-known brands?

Fast forward to today, and I’m getting all that and more at my first job as a project manager for Enavigo, a one year old start up in the technology industry founded by a tech veteran with that corporate experience I was looking for. I realize now that a large firm could not have given me nearly as much experience that I’ve already received in just seven short months.

As one of four employees, I work from home every day, and yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds. With no commute or unnecessary meetings, I can focus on just my work. Today, there are so many tools to connect with others that office space is no longer a necessity.

My favorite tools that I use most often are Skype, to IM and call with a quick question, and, for screen sharing. To see a full list of useful tools for small business, click here.

I thought large, established companies with meticulously documented training and mentoring programs were a recent grad’s key to success. At Enavigo, my professional growth has been exponential due to invaluable hands on experience as well as the trust and guidance of my managers.

No matter how many questions I ask, every last one is answered with patience. Consistent, unwavering trust is placed in my abilities, and confidence is instilled even when I make a mistake. I’ve been learning as I go, since my first day, allowing me to build a strong skillset.

My experience has been a great one, and I can’t imagine “growing up” anywhere else. I would highly recommend a start up to professionals of all experience levels, for a truly unique and fulfilling organization that offers the flexibility and support that a large company simply cannot provide.

Sep 13

Nokia Lumia 1020: First week’s impressions of Windows Phone

CN Tower at night

The CN Tower in Toronto, shot at night without flash on Nokia Lumia 1020

It has now been a week since I got the Nokia Lumia 1020.
The phone feels great in your hand.
The photos are very good.
You do feel like you live on an island.

Windows Phone is still a novelty.

I love the flat design and once you get its implementation of panels, its interface seems more fluid than iOS’ dependency on tabs. The user interface’s fit and finish are polished and smooth, nothing like the noisy bumpy experience on Android.

I am what I believe is an enterprise user.
I need impeccable email and calendar experience, as close as you would get in Outlook (however frustrating it is sometimes). Windows Phone is not there. It is smooth, but close (see gripes below). Microsoft can and should improve on this, but who do you talk to in order to ask?

Presently, with a week left for me to return the phone, I am swaying between keeping it and getting the new iPhone 5s. Below are some of the impressions I gathered over the last week.

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Posted from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.