Ian Bell

Ian Bell

Ian Andrew Bell has been turning bits into business since 1993 and has worked with dozens of technology startups. He most recently founded RosterBot (2007) and Tingle (2009). A former Apple Research Fellow and SFU graduate, he worked at Cisco Systems and Telus before helping create RingCentral in 2000.

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Why I Can’t Just Build You an App

There is no such thing as a cheap and basic app. What it takes to develop a great one that delivers a meaningful experience to end users

How to Use PR to Sell Your Company’s Story

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To grab the attention of the public and prospective customers, you need to be doing these key things

Should You Use PR to Market Your Startup?

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Hiring someone to talk up your company and get your name in the papers isn't cheap. Why it may be worth the expense

Why I Surround Myself With “Yes” Men

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A team filled with possibility-seeking people solves more problems. What you can learn about ideation from improv

Why Team Athletes Make the Most Valuable Employees

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Sports-playing staff can usually be relied on regardless of industry or position

The Secret to Closing Online Sales

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Don’t expect consumers to become customers the first time around. You need to retarget to get results.

6 Dos and Don’ts for Working Well with Software Developers


You can't run a business these days without software. Here's how civilians can work with programmers and maintain everyone's sanity

True Confessions of a Dragons’ Den Survivor


Ian Bell's first experience pitching CBC's famous investors taught him what to do—and what not to do—the second time around

Entrepreneurs: Don’t Make Lady Gaga’s Mistake

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The lessons for business owners in the music star’s recent album flop. Or, why Lady Gaga would make a terrible chief executive

Entrepreneurship = Fight Club

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Anti-hero Tyler Durden may be crazy, but he offers a litany of lessons about how true entrepreneurs make their mark

What Kind of Leader Are You? Fox or Hedgehog?

“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing."  - Archilochus

In business, there are foxes and hedgehogs. Here's why you should care which one you are

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