“Think big. That’s one thing I didn’t have the advantage of when I was in Canada. I used to think only about the Canadian market, but when you’re starting something you need to have a big vision that’s going to change the world.”
Terry Matthews, Chairman, March Networks Corp., Ottawa; Founder, Newbridge Networks Corp.
“Share information, the riches that come along, the vision. Newbridge directors don’t get paid for attending meetings. They get share options for being helpful to me. That puts their brains in the right direction, because if the company doesn’t grow, they get nothing.”
Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO, Research in Motion Ltd., Waterloo, Ontario
“Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and fill your weaknesses with others around you. Perseverance, commitment and vision go hand in hand. Create a set of strategies for the market you’re focusing on, then leverage and take advantage of being where you are.”
— From “Canada’s High Tech Heroes,” by Susanne Baillie (December-January 2001)