Impromptu Interview with DJ G-Rant on Sudbury’s Hot 93.5 (w/ Audio)

29 06 2011

Early afternoon yesterday, I received a Twitter DM from DJ G-Rant at Sudbury’s Hot 93.5. He was asking me if I would like to do an interview with him on his afternoon show and asked for my contact info. I provided my phone number and he called me shortly after…..

Little did I know, he was already recording the interview! I was totally surprised but G-Rant made me feel totally comfortable during the whole conversation. I always find that I do better when unprepared… so even though it was unexpected, I think I did pretty well! 🙂

Thanks G-Rant for reaching out to me for an interview!

Here’s the audio clip of the interview – hope you enjoy:

My visit at Shopify – 6th trade officially completed

23 06 2011

Today was the big day where I got the chance to visit Shopify‘s head quarter in Ottawa’s Byward Market to finalize my sixth trade to officially seal the deal.

I was greeted by Marketing Manager Mark Hayes and felt completely welcomed. After a quick tour of the office… I have to say that this place looks like an awesome place to work! The open concept office space is absolutely gorgeous. Working at Shopify also has lots of perks – but here are the ones that I witnessed first hand:

– Relaxed but focused atmosphere
– Everyone is equipped with the latest Mac hardware
– Plenty of Nerf and squirt guns around the office… Not sure what they’re for! 🙂
– Need a mental break? Play some PS3 or Xbox360: Walked into a Street Fighter tournament (pic in the slideshow)
– Get your day started off right: Breakfast club with a wide selection of cereal (pic in the slideshow)

I also got to see all the different teams that make up Shopify – The executives, developers, support team and the Shopify gurus. They seem to work extremely well together. No wonder they have been named the fastest growing company in Ottawa two years in a row!

So thanks Mark and Shopify for the amazing trade and the great tour of your office!

Know someone that needs a fully featured online store, or you need one of your own? Head over to my Swapsity portal if your interested in making me an offer for the 12 month enterprise package from Shopify. The specs for the store can be found here and examples of the sites you can build with the software here. You may also want to test the service out with the free, no obligation 30 day trial. If you like the service – you may send me an offer and if I accept, Shopify will apply the 12 month package to your account! It’s that easy!

Slideshow of my visit below:

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Featured on one of my favorite websites – Autoblog Green

20 06 2011

The folks at Autoblog Green where kind enough to feature my quest. This is one of my favorite website that I visit daily. Check out the article at this address:

Thanks Autoblog for the shout out!

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12 Month Enterprise Online Store Package from Shopify!

15 06 2011

Shopify has really stepped my project up a notch with an amazing trade offer that I absolutely could not resist!

Good thing one of my over 45 emails sent to high tech companies in Ottawa landed in Mark Hayes‘ inbox. He is the marketing manager at Shopify and he loves beer, especially Beau’s. It’s one of his favorites! Needless to say he was completely psyched when I approached Shopify with my trade up project and the VIP brewery tour at Beau’s.

Shopify has agreed to trade a 12 month Enterprise online store package valued at 3000$ USD in return for my Super VIP Beau’s All Natural Brewing tour. They will be using the package as a sweet corporate outing for its employees.

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Shopify gets involved in my trade up quest to a Tesla!

11 06 2011

I have just struck a trade deal for my 7th item with a leading eCommerce company based in Ottawa, Shopify!

Shopify has been on top of my list of companies to approach to swap the Beau’s tour and I am so happy to work with them on my next item.

The details of the trade will be posted on my blog next week! So please make sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook to make sure you get the update first!

Special thanks to Steven at Think Out Loud! in Ottawa for the awesome first offer, and for getting me some great exposure on Twitter. I really appreciate it! Make sure to check out his advertising firm’s website at

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