Top articles of the week | Sep 4

September 4, 2021

Every week, we put together a list of our top 5 articles of the past week. Happy reading!

Montreal Tech Report – Q2 2021 Hockeystick (reading time: 12 minutes)

This report is hot off the press. It covers the largest quarter ever in venture capital funding for the Montreal tech ecosystem. There was a total of $711M raised across 23 deals. My guess is that it’s actually a bit low versus the reality since not seed deals are easy to track.

Traditional Organization vs. Next Generation Organisation Simon Wardley (reading time: 3 minutes)

I loved Simon Wardley’s take on traditional vs. next generation organizations in this short tweet. While it is not nuanced, I still like the juxtaposition of these two different organizational models.

The Case for Leaving FAANG Companies for Crypto Paradigm (reading time: 10 minutes)

It is notoriously difficult to recruit top engineering talent. A reason to break up the FAANG companies is for that very reason some have argued. In this post, Dan McCarty argues that this is radically changing with crypto. He makes some very compelling arguments on the sea change for technical talent.

Selling Snipcart Francois Lanthier Nadeau (reading time: 12 minutes)

I had the pleasure of speaking with Francois on the podcast a while back and we had a great conversation about his company and why he decided to go the bootstrapped route. We kept in touch and he recently sold his company to a large valley based ecommerce player Duda. On his blog, he candidly talks about the experience of being acquired, the emotional rollercoaster and the huge potential moving forward.

The Proper Role of the Chief Strategy Officer Roger Martin (reading time: 7 minutes)

The modern title of chief strategy officer is becoming more prevalent in organizations but what does the role entail? Roger Martin brilliantly explains the nature of the position: facilitate the creation of strategy, coordinate the creation of strategy, and ensure the consistency of strategy.