What 12 year olds taught us about our tech startup

October 2, 2015 – https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-12-year-olds-taught-us-our-tech-startup-jean-leggett?trk=mp-author-card Remember back to the age when you didn’t have adult responsibilities. How summers were filled with drippy popsicles, skinned knees and wet bathing suits? When you had no worries and everything was kinda sorta fascinating and cool? That seems so long ago. And when you’re adulting (yes, I said adulting), our[…]

Momentum

May 29, 2015 – https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/momentum-jean-leggett?trk=mp-author-card How do you get momentum back when you’re feeling bogged, slogged, or just beaten down? After our failed Kickstarter campaign in April, the mood in our office was noticeable. Our team kinda sorta pinned our hopes on this campaign and we really wanted to be able to pay our intern programmers (some[…]

Recognizing Burnout

May 14, 2015 – https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/recognizing-burnout-jean-leggett?trk=mp-author-card For me, it’s not being able to sleep or a lack of appetite for real food (I’ll quite happily substitute carb-laden things) or I just stop being joyful. That’s how I know I’m careening towards burnout. Towards the middle of our fizzling Kickstarter campaign, it became very clear to our team that[…]

What a difference a year makes

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-difference-year-makes-jean-leggett?trk=mp-author-card Blair and I attended the Ontario Writers Conference this weekend in Ajax to talk to writers about our interactive storytelling publishing software StoryStylus. It was fantastic to be greeted by familiar faces who were excited to see us and to show the progress we’ve made. In April 2014, we were only in month 4 of our[…]

Prepare to Pivot

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/prepare-pivot-jean-leggett?trk=mp-author-card If you’ve read my last post on our crowdfunding “failure” and its lessons, you’ll know that I believe one of our strengths as leaders is our ability to learn from our mistakes and adjust accordingly. One area that I’ve seen us adjust or pivot in is how we identify ourselves as SaaS – software as[…]

Our Crowdfunding “Failure” & its Lessons

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/our-crowdfunding-failure-its-lessons-jean-leggett?trk=mp-author-card With less than a week left in our Kickstarter campaign and having only raised 14% of our $40,000 CAD goal, I wanted to share some of our observations. It’s still entirely possible a miracle happens this week and we’re fully funded but… just in case… There are a lot of blogs, books and podcasts out there that[…]

Up In the Air

Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Jean Leggett and I’ll be your chief flight and joy attendant this evening. Welcome aboard Joyful Living Airlines flight 217 non-stop service from here to there. You know those airplane safety demonstrations that you ignore because you’ve flown so many times so you tune out, only to perk up[…]