21 – Finding Your Role as a Leader

Duncan Jessiman and Polly Craik on Start Podcast

21 – Finding Your Role as a Leader

A Conversation with Duncan Jessiman and Polly Craik of Vexxit

This week on Start Podcast, host Margaux Miller speaks with Duncan Jessiman and Polly Craik, co-founders of Vexxit – an online marketplace that uses machine learning to match people who need professional services with experts to meet their specific needs. Duncan first founded of Exchange Income Corp, a TSX-listed public company reaching a $1B market cap. Polly founded FineLine Solutions, a firm focused on supporting not-for-profit organizations with donor retention, which after 30 years was acquired by a Nasdaq-traded company. Having worked with many professionals, these two powerhouses jumped back in to found Vexxit with the belief that there is a better way for people to vet and access trusted advice. In this episode, Duncan and Polly discuss finding your role as a leader, finding technology partners to bring your idea to life, and what it is like to start multi-generational businesses in the Canadian Prairies. If you want to learn about starting a business from two guests who have completed the full cycle from idea to acquisition and are doing it again, then this episode is for you.   Listen to the full episode now on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or your favorite podcast platform. Or jump back to our homepage to listen here: www.startpodcast.ca.
  In This Episode, You Will Learn:
  • 0:26 to 6:53 The Story of Vexxit – Idea & Evolution
  • 6:54 to 10:20 Past Experience Supporting New Tech Start-Up
  • 10:21 to 12:45 Remote Based Teams
  • 12:46 to 14:32 Finding Your Role as a Leader / Founder
  • 14:33 to 16:09 Hiring for Remote Based Teams
  • 16:10 to 18:38 Preparing and Evolving Before Launch
  • 18:39 to 21:33 Manitoba Support System and Finding Technology Partners
  • 21:34 to 24:56 Using Vexxit’s Matching Platform
  • 24:57 to 26:30 Cybersecurity and Compliance
  • 26:35 to 28:20 Diversity in AI and Machine Learning
  • 29:40 to 30:38 Practical Advice from Duncan
  • 30:39 to 32:56 SPEED ROUND
  • 33:22 to 37:17 What It’s Like as a Woman and Parent in Business
  • 39:08 to 45:00 Starting a Business in the Canadian Prairies
  • 45:05 to 47:28 What’s Next for Vexxit & Resources from Duncan and Polly
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