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I couldn't agree more given I just came back to Canada after an innovative web2.0 start-up in Shanghai, witnessing the rise and fall of the a great team, from the day of founding to the withdrawal of VC support, what a rollercoaster ride!

What turned out to be a great start with great minds from Stanford, Rotman, Cambridge, Waterloo and local Chinese talents, boasting open communication, creativity, and respect as the culture collapsed into a boiler room environment ravaged by problems that could be prevented had the culture being promoted and treasured.

What a great project it was!

I couldn't agree more. There was another strong element present in the Delrina's DNA that most companies lack and that was laser focus. Delrina's senior team had a laser focus on core products and core values. I believe that focus provided super human strength for everyone because it provided a clear path to winning.

Thank you for Delrina - best years of my work life.

Thank you for a great re-union.

Bahman

Mark,

These are the great stories! We're lucky to still have you in the industry!

The question isn't where the next Delrina is, it is which one do you choose to participate in?

Daniel

Mark, I'm not affiliated in any fashion to Delrina but was intrigued by your story. I'm a Human Resources Specialist in Toronto - I focus my work on organizational culture, human performance and overall people strategy. I could not agree with you more - you can have the best business strategy in the world but if people do not enjoy, trust or feel valued at work then the strategy will never reach its full potential! I think collegiality is a great word to describe what you had...

Mark,

I couldn't agree with you any more. Culture is the basic building blocks of any business. Without great culture, you have nothing, and it takes a charasmatic, passionate, visionary to set the tone.

In my case, I had the best product, business case, strategy, etc, that any one could ever imagine. But, a couple of minor investors tried to take over the company, "rack up legal expense" to gain leverage over the company.

And that was the begining of the end. When management is forced to spend all of its time fire fighting, the company begins the downward spiral.

It had the biggest potential that I have ever seen!!!

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