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University is hard. Completing a degree at any level can be seen as having to overcome several herculean feats to get assignments completed on time, all while juggling 2 part-time jobs and trying to pay the bills. Now with the added challenge of a massive pandemic that has completely altered how modern society functions, it has come to a boiling point. Burnout, stress, illness, and just generally elevated anxiety levels have resulted in lower grades, higher dropout numbers, and far too many cases of students just feeling too overwhelmed to continue.

So what is there to be done? What has been done up until this point in time? The methods have shifted from classroom to classroom, educator to educator, but the common denominator seems to be as much as virtual has added an unexpected convenience, nothing can replace in-class interactions. Engagement levels have dropped, assignments have increased, and there is just a general sense of loneliness and isolation when all your daily conversations with another human being occur through a screen. …


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For the uninitiated, the term “quantum” will probably resonate more as a far-off futuristic concept that is still operating in a nebulous development zone. TV shows like 1989’s Quantum Leap or the 2016 videogame Quantum Break paint this term as a powerful, unknown force, a science experiment gone wrong kicking off both of these exciting action tales. …


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When you think of livestreaming, what comes to your mind first? Is it perhaps your favourite Twitch gamer, wittily commenting throughout the entire ranked match they are playing, or does your instinct turn towards live podcasts, which have an appeal for being “raw” and “unscripted”? Or maybe like the hundreds of thousands of BTS fans that attended their livestreamed concert earlier this year (that earned a cool $20 million dollars no less), your need for your live music fix in these trying times brings you there. With any of the above-listed activities, what we do know is that that livestreaming is perhaps one of the most lucrative mediums in existence. It easily surpasses traditional film and television as the world’s preferred choice for entertainment. A reported $5 billion+ industry that has yet to see a decline, it makes perfect sense that many are looking for ways to exploit and harness its unbreakable grasp upon an almost unbelievably-sized audience. China has taken livestreaming beyond its initial boom in the gaming industry to a new level, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security now officially recognizes “livestream-sellers” as an actual job. …


“The real voyage of discovery consists of not seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” — Marcel Proust

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When you live in a world as technologically advanced as this one, it becomes easy to believe that there is nothing left to be explained, how things are is how they always will be. It is quite understandable as to why this is the case, the rate at which computers are progressing is actually slowing down considerably, no longer keeping up with the predictions of Moore’s Law. Some individuals, like Nvidia’s CEO Jensen Huang, questions its feasibility, as “it’s more expensive and more technically difficult to double the number of transistors driving the processing power [for computers].” …


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Not all have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. You can certainly develop the skillset over time, especially when it comes to your discipline level, pitching, and building your business model, but there are so many vital intrinsic qualities that cannot often be taught…they have to be felt.

If there is one thing that our CTO Steven Zhao felt early on at the beginning of his undergraduate studies, it was this desire for something beyond the academia grind and handing in assignments. “When I started university, I actually had the mindset of everyone else, get good grades, good job, you know, the common route to success. But to be honest, I didn’t like studying that much…I found it was really boring, especially because I was in engineering and all my courses were pre-selected and they didn’t have anything to do with my major which was electrical/computer engineering.” …


90% of startups fail within their first year. This can be due to a variety of reasons, in fact, we covered many of those reasons in this article here. But what does it really take to survive the ever-terrifying “Valley of Death?”

On October 28th, 2020, goLEAD McGill and DotsLive set out to answer that very question via an entrepreneurship panel with some of Canada’s leading experts thriving in the startup space; albeit they would never admit to this being the case. That was the general consensus from the very beginning of the panel, each speaker noted time and time again the absolute importance of a founder being honest with themselves and acknowledging their weaknesses. …


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Three guys who could not afford rent in San Francisco, a few used air mattresses, and a dream.

This is the origin story of one of the biggest companies in the world at a valuation of over $10 billion dollars. Airbnb completely disrupted the market with and has changed the culture to the point where the name itself describes the activity.

“Let’s Airbnb it”, or “Let’s get an Airbnb” are two phrases that have essentially entered the lexicon as replacements for what used to be, “Let’s rent a room”. …


There are quite a few misconceptions about crowdfunding that may make investors a bit hesitant to enter this world that seemingly exists outside the funding spectrum most are used to. Perhaps you have heard stories like the infamous Kobe Beef Jerky scam that raised over $120k and almost succeeded in pulling a fast one on its 3300 backers, or you are peripherally aware of several projects that failed to get delivered over the years due to limitations and other unforeseen circumstances. You are not alone in feeling a little adverse, which is why Dr. Douglas Cumming and Dr. Sofia Johan’s comprehensive book on crowdfunding is a much-needed resource to help you easily navigate the many different forms of crowdfunding, as well as the regulation and policy practices behind it. …


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It is no secret that sharing news on social media has become “one of the most important developments in the contemporary media environment”. This was stated in a PEW research paper from almost a decade ago, and since then, our sharing capacity has only increased exponentially with the dawn of newer social media apps such as Twitter and Instagram.

But the problem can occur when misinformation is spread on a mass scale, and the speed and quantity of that information can lead to many dangerous situations. …


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Seven seconds.

A recruiter usually only has that much time to review a resume from an applicant on average. That is barely enough time to make a good impression in person, let alone on your resume, so how do you make those seven seconds count?

Jack Litchfield and Sarah Gray of JobJunxion, a top recruiting firm out of Kitchener, Ontario know exactly what mistakes to look out for when putting together your resume so that you do not miss out on the next big job opportunity. …

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