The Kids are Alright: Millennials at Work

The Kids are Alright: Millennials at Work

Lifestyle | Posted by YouInc.com - January 24, 2014 at 12:00 am
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There’s a new generation of entrepreneurs on the scene, a group of young self-starters who are re-writing the playbook for how to launch and run a company.

The new kids on the block are just as fierce as generations past, except that these kids grew up in a digital playground.

Canadian business is in the midst of a tectonic shift and Millennials are leading the charge. They’ve boldly said no to the corporate ladder, replacing it with new business models and a less encumbered lifestyle. They’re the next generation of achievers, not only embracing technology but also developing it.

Their physical workspaces inspire innovation. Nine-to-five has been replaced with 24-7; effort, not time, is rewarded. They are trendsetters, impatient in their pursuits, building businesses faster than any demographic before them.

We spoke with five young entrepreneurs about their workspaces, work habits and why they think they’re shaking up the business landscape. 

Arjun Kumar, CEO
Kela Medical Inc.

Kela Medical Inc.

Arjun Kumar says there’s one major difference in business today, and that's speed. 

“Comparing to past generations, where businesses had to grow organically, the concept venture capital was rare. Now, you hear of a start-up coming out of nowhere. With the Internet age, you can go from zero dollars in revenue to $100 million in a short time.”

 

Evan Lewis, Founder
eProf

eProf

Evan Lewis surrounds himself with like-minded entrepreneurs. He’s set up shop at MaRS COMMONS in Toronto, a groundbreaking space that breeds innovation.

“Legacy businesses are seniority based. The top wouldn’t have as much interaction with junior people. In our company, I’m the founder, but I’m also the youngest person on the team. I’m 23 and the oldest member is 43 but we’re on a completely leveled playing field. We have the ability to create our own culture.”

 

Tegan Mierle, Co-Founder
Pilot Interactive

Pilot Interactive

There’s a good chance Tegan Mierle’s workspace isn’t like yours. Yes, you can sit at a desk, but you can also work standing up, in the Zen room or lying back in a bag chair.

“We didn’t come from corporate-world jobs, so we didn’t have any sort of preconceived notion of how we should run a business. Environment is really important to us and one we’ve been able to dictate ourselves. We do everything we can to keep people here and to make sure they’re happy, because at the end of the day we want to produce really great work.”

 

Steve Tam
Beacon Bike Lights

Beacon Bike Lights

Steve Tam says his garage-style passion projects led him to become a multi-company entrepreneur. He credits immediate communication as the key to his success.

“We are in contact with people all over the world, all the time. We’ve been able to grow much faster as a result. I’m always moving around. One week I could be at the office at home, the next in New York. It really doesn’t matter where I work.”

 

Joel Gregorio
Sovereign State

Sovereign State

For Joel Gregorio, there is no line between business and pleasure. Instead, authenticity and full integration are vital.

“I think traditionally people were always trying to make them play nice together. But people love what they do. Work is purely integrated into our personal or social lives. And that’s beautiful.”

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Tags: beacon bike lights, eprof, innovation, kela medical inc, millenials, pilot interactive, sovereign state, profiles

Kristin Kent

Kristin Kent is a multimedia journalist living in Toronto. Her work has appeared in the Toronto Star, Marketing, Profit Magazine and more. For YouInc, she’s tackling issues that matter most to entrepreneurs – and she’s doing it in a way most of us learn best. Think infographics, punchy videos and illustrated features.

Marayna Dickinson

Marayna Dickinson is a Toronto based photojournalist working for YouInc. You can follow her photographic eye on Instagram or on Twitter (@marayna).

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