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Scott Annan
Works at Mercury Grove
Attended University of Ottawa
Lives in Ottawa, Canada
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Social + Technical Entrepreneur
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startups, entrepreneurship, publishing
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  • Mercury Grove
    Founder, present
  • Guides.co
    Founder, present
  • StartupPlays.com
    Founder, 2014
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I'm a startup entrepreneur, mentor, blogger, and speaker. My passion lies in collaborating with smart, passionate people, discovering new innovative business models and using technology to enhance global collaboration.

You may have seen or read about me or my startups on TechCrunch, Venture Beat, This Week in Startups, The Globe and Mail magazine, TechVibes, the Washington Post, or several other popular blogs and publications.

I blog and frequently speak about innovation at work, entrepreneurship & web startups, social engagement, collaboration, and community development.

Over the last six years, as founder of Mercury Grove, I have provided strategic consulting to senior executives at Tempur-Pedic, Proctor & Gamble, Western Southern, Applebee's, The Coleman Company and several smaller, innovative companies.

I'm changing the world, one digital guide at a time at guides.co
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In 2010 I was recognized as "Top 40 Under 40" and won a regional "Bootstrap Award" in Ottawa, Canada, where I work and live. In "past lives" I've won a global innovation award at Lexmark International, was President of the Student Union at the University of Ottawa
Education
  • University of Ottawa
    Philosophy, English Lit, 1995 - 2000
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An article I wrote about my daughter, Chinchillas, and sharing what you know.
...my daughter was writing a guide on Chinchillas.Before I met my daughter I didn't know anything about chinchillas. I know that I've seen a chinchilla before, but I can't tell you when or where. My best guess is that before my daughter, the concept of a chinchilla may have passed through my mind maybe every five years or so. I'm not even sure if the word "chinchilla" is supposed to be capitalized or not. And I can say for certain that I've never...
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Great post on the early days of marketing automation... there's still a lot of opportunity to come!
After several years of 50-plus-percent growth, marketing automation is still the new kid on the block. Even with 70+ vendors in the space. cliffdiver3 “If you're in the business, it seems like everyone's doing it,” analyst and consultant Dan Freeman told me yesterday.
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One of my favorite articles of all time is 10 years old.  A must-read for entrepreneurs, parents, teachers, and people who work: http://www.paulgraham.com/wealth.html
May 2004 (This essay was originally published in Hackers & Painters.) If you wanted to get rich, how would you do it? I think your best bet would be to start or join a startup. That's been a reliable way to get rich for hundreds of years. The word "startup" dates from the 1960s, but what happens ...
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Become a banker.
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This took a lot of work, but very excited about the future!
There are plenty of how-to sites on the Internet, but sometimes, in the words of Guides.co CEO Scott Annen, you need to look up something "more complicated..
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Great (and necessary) SEO guide for any internet marketer.
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Great coverage on a great local company!
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An absolute must-read for parents (not just dads) with kids in sports.  So funny.  And sad.  And true.
What is it about watching your kid play sports that brings out your inner homicidal maniac?
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Last year +Guido Giordano and I ran an accelerator that helped launch some successful companies including http://openera.com, http://vegancuts.com, and http://Healthwave.co.  I put together a very comprehensive guide for startups to share actionable steps that worked to accelerate those companies, and I'm giving it away for a limited time - would love to hear what you think.
The DIY guide is written and produced by serial entrepreneur and Accel.io & Startupplays.com founder Scott Annan based on his experience launching and building businesses and ...
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I just downloaded your guide and love it!
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No more guest blogging (and other SEO tricks you should stop doing)
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Great post about the end of the printed book by +Seth Godin.

Although I share his nostalgia for books, I will continue to purchase my fiction and some non-fiction (things like autobiographies and other books with a running narrative) in physical form - though more likely online (even custom) rather than browsing at my local bookstore.

I think an interesting question though is whether we trade in the book printing industry wholesale or just deconstruct it.  Here's what I mean...

Not all content is great in a book format.  Encyclopedias and most reference books, technical manuals, most textbooks - just to name a few.  They were books first because books were the only option.

I'm not ready to say goodbye to the physical book.  My kids (8 & 7 years old) read books every night before sleep (I often catch my older daughter with a flashlight well into the night reading Rick Riordian or Raina Telgemeier).

The model's broken and needs to be fixed, but I don't think the book will go the way of vinyl records.
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