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  • Don’t take “no” for an answer

    I have never once bought a lottery ticket. My father and mother taught me that there are no short cuts to successfully reaching one’s goals. Hard work and “stick-to-it-iveness” is the only way. They didn’t just preach this as an adage, they modeled it with their tireless commitment to pursuing their visions. I was fortunate […]

    July 27, 2020

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  • Is “academic” thinking really different than “business” thinking?

    Upon spinning off Solistra from the Ozin lab at the University of Toronto, the main piece of advice from my advisors was that I needed to switch my mindset from “academic” thinking to “business” thinking. They indicated they had seen this in many graduate students trying to spin off companies from their graduate research, and […]

    July 27, 2020

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  • Another year, another opportunity

    2019 was a year filled with learnings, opportunities and developments. As we flip the page into 2020, and venture into a new quarter, our goal at Dispersa is to progress towards the commercialization of our technology. My focus this year is to dedicate our efforts on product development and fostering business partnerships. This includes: advancing […]

    May 21, 2020

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  • 3 key lessons for budding entrepreneurs

    In the last three months, my company faced many new challenges and were forced to come to terms with old problems that were swept underneath the rug. It’s made me want to reflect on the key lessons I learned. I hope this is will help you avoid the same pitfalls. Without vision, a growing ship […]

    May 21, 2020

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  • The rise of ocean awareness and conservation

    Oceans are the lifeblood of our planet. With water covering 70 percent of our globe, it would have been more fitting to call our planet Ocean instead of Earth. Oceans produce more than half the world’s oxygen, provide the primary protein for 2.6 billion people, and allow companies to earn $2.5 trillion a year. These […]

    May 21, 2020

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  • The art of thinking like a CEO

    One thing I’ve been thinking about these last few months is, in fact, how I think. Have you ever wondered about your own programming? How can I be sure that my thought processes, and ultimately my decisions, are unbiased and adaptable? Physicist Richard Feynman talked about how cognitive dissonance can foil wise decision-making. He said: […]

    May 21, 2020

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  • On the importance of openly discussing your challenges as a female leader

    I was recently told that airing my past career challenges in a public blog post wasn’t “putting my best foot forward”. This is something I wholeheartedly have to disagree with… publicly, in a blog. In a program predicated on systemic change, I find it funny that challenging the social status quo is seen as detrimental, […]

    January 31, 2020

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  • A word from Nivatha Balendra

        This past quarter has been particularly special as we clocked in one year of running my company, Dispersa, on October 29. It’s humbling to see how an idea turned into a working reality in just 12 months. It all started with a vision: developing my environmental microbiology research into a product that could […]

    December 23, 2019

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  • Checking in with Luna Yu

    What are you most excited for in the next three months? I’m most excited about engaging with potential customers and exploring how our technology can be of value to them. Talk about a recent setback you’ve had and how you overcame it. A recent challenge involved the termination of a partnership due to a discrepancy […]

    December 19, 2019

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  • Checking in with Julie Angus

      What are you most excited for in the next three months? We’re closing our pre-seed financing round, which has been a whole new experience as this is the first investment capital I have ever raised. It was a steep learning curve and has taken much of my time over the last few months. This […]

    December 16, 2019

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