The other day it finally happened to me: I hit that COVID wall. Right now, everyone is seemingly hitting the same wall. We have very little to look forward to, vacations seem like this far-off thing that we did in the ‘before times,’ and burnout is at a higher rate than ever before. When I chat with founders in my network, I hear a lot of the same stories: the team morale is incredibly low, people are working at all hours trying to juggle work, kids and some semblance of personal life, and being a leader right now is tough.


The word no never used to be in my vocabulary. For years I said yes to everything. Yes to that dinner out, sure to that work event, why not to helping someone around the office with a ‘fun’ project that really wouldn’t add any value to my day-to-day job. The more I said ‘yes,’ the more my to-do list grew and grew. The more that list grew, the more burnt out I became until one day I had to step back and take a breather. Why was I pushing myself so hard?

Learning to say ‘no’ to people was a…


When I began my career in the early 2000’s I never asked questions about company culture. To be honest, I didn’t care all that much. I went to my office, got my work done and went home. I loved what I did in tech, but culture didn’t seem all that important to my coworkers or me for that matter. We were a small company, for the most part, everyone got along. We’d occasionally spend time together after work but given we were all in various life stages, those outings were never formalized and were few and far between.

My thoughts…


Mick Jagger famously sang “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need.” I’m pretty sure Mick wasn’t talking about business or figuring out your goals, but these lyrics accurately describe wants vs. needs. I want a new car. I want a bigger house. I really want more money. What I need however is to get this big project completed. I need to go to the gym and frankly, I need to stop having Baby Shark stuck in my head (help, for all that is good please help!)


When I first heard the term ‘privacy by design,’ my first thought was a cybersecurity tool in Millenial pink and maybe some clean lines. As a marketer, the second I hear the word ‘design’ I immediately begin thinking about how a product looks, what style of UX is being implemented, the go-to-market strategy and elements that are traditionally related to design. …


I spent the first half of my week last week, working with the Holt FinTech Accelerator on their selection days. These days that usually happen in person, help the Holt team select who will gain admittance into the program. This is something I look forward to every year: seeing the innovation that is happening globally, learning from my peers in the industry and spending time digging into various use cases and business models. To me, this is fun. This year however things were a bit different. I didn’t fly to Montreal to meet the startups, I didn’t go to a…


Today, instead of talking about trends in FinTech I want to talk about something near and dear to my heart: FinTech Marketing. As some of you may know, I’m a marketer by trade. I grew up working in startup marketing you could say. I cut my teeth in the field as an early employee at Wave Accounting, followed by a few other notable FinTechs and finally landed in the VC world working within the platform role at a FinTech Fund. I’ve always loved marketing and think I always will.

One thing that has recently stood out to me though was…


Last week it seemed that almost daily Shopify was announcing something from their annual summit. This year, the big hit was Shopify Balance, a three-product line that includes a bank account, card and rewards program for Shopify users. While many were surprised by this announcement personally, I felt like saying it’s about time.

When I look at the SME banking landscape it can be pretty bleak. Banks don’t have good solutions for these customers, and while some amazing products are entering the market like Toronto’s North One, to-date the innovation still hasn’t reached market share. When I look at this…


Sometimes in finance, it feels like you take one step forward, and two steps back. You start to see the innovation happening, everyone gets excited and then it gets pushed back. More consultations are needed or there has been a change and leadership and this crucial innovation is no longer a priority. I always joke with teams that FinTech is not for the weak, with long sales cycles, multiple hoops to jump through and scary (but necessary) regulation you have to be strong to build a FinTech company. While some will read that and think ‘no thank you, not for…


Out of all the financial services sectors being innovated, insurance has been the one sector that has lagged behind. With legacy practices and sometimes little transparency into what is happening within the business, insurance is ready for an upgrade, the people are ready for insurance 2.0.

I will admit, that saying that insurance is behind in all sectors is a bit misleading, we’ve seen great success in the recent past in sectors such as health, in platform services that are innovating in the B2B space, and of course in innovative new spaces such as the gig economy and for short…

Kate Grant

Lover of all things Tech, innovation and ecosystem. FinTech Advisor, Marketer & Canadian Tech champion.

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