Last evening we held the first meetup.
For one thing, the food was great, and we had an interesting conversation about our mutual philosophies and our individual takes about technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.
We both see eye-to-eye regarding the ideology of our Meetup group, The Toronto Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.
Let me state what that is: we are fostering a tight-knit and supportive startup community in Toronto based on the idea of giving-before-getting.
A lot can be done to make the tech scene very special here in Toronto, and that largely consists of caring about it and contributing to it. In other words, what’s needed, in my opinion, is the opposite of “looking out for number one” and “what’s in it for me?”
So I encourage everyone to decide to take some part in making the Toronto startup community really bond together — even if you'd end up not joining our particular endeavor.
(Perhaps you’re doing that already, and to a much higher level than I am even. If that’s the case, please reach out to me so I know who you are. If nothing else, it'll minimally make for an interesting communication exchange.)
All it takes is a “why not” attitude and a mindset to get involved without expecting nothing specific or concrete in return. Karma will take care of that.
Building such a community is a long term effort. It doesn’t have to start with a bang — if members who truly share the ethos get added bit by bit over time, the results will be pretty dramatic.