Nikolas Badminton
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Nikolas Badminton is a British transplant that lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He is a recovering management consultant, ad man and speaks internationally on human behavior in relation to mobile, digital and social influences.

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How Canadian Businesses Can Become the Powerhouses of the Future

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 7:07 PM

In the technology world we hear about startups becoming unicorns. 'Unicorn' is a term in the investment and venture capital industry use to define a start-up company whose valuation has exceeded USD$1 billion dollars. When you look for these (apparently not so) mythical creatures we find a plethora...

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NASA is Embracing Crowdsourcing: Lessons for Success

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 6:37 PM

Crowdsourcing is gaining pace in 2015 with accelerated growth in 2014, expanding by 167 per cent to reach $16.2 billion raised, up from $6.1 billion in 2013. And, in 2015, the industry is set to more than double once again, on its way to raising $34.4 billion.


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Biohacking Is Here and Becoming Mainstream

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 8:41 AM

One of the most exciting areas of innovation and exploration around technology today is also one of the most misunderstood -- biohacking.

Biohacking is the practice of changing our biology and physical situation by employing the hacker ethic -- sharing, openness, decentralization, free access, and world improvement. It's the...

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Saying Yes to the Future of Conferences

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 12:19 PM

It's 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, and there are 200 people watching a "dive-in" movie on a big screen from the pool and the hot tub. Pockets of conversations continue -- including some deeply philosophical ones -- and business ideas spring to life, while a 3D printer buzzes in the corner....

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Vancouver Technology Companies Need to Create a Culture of Growth

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 6:24 PM

Some three or so years ago the digital business landscape changed when a new breed of self-defined marketers appeared -- Growth Hackers. They realized that focusing on being a deep expert in a single discipline was too restrictive and not agile enough to get the results needed for the businesses...

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Marketing Pioneers' New Rules for Engagement

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 5:47 PM

It's challenging being a marketer in 2015. You need to balance new platforms, the changing structures of teams and creative freelance resources, and consumers that demand more from your products and services now more than ever before.

To gain a perspective on how to operate in this ever-changing world I...

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Crowdfunding and Online Resourcing Working Together

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 4:05 PM

On Tuesday March 3rd, 2015, we saw a gathering of over 700 people from all sorts of organizations looking for insights and discussions at the first 2015 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit in Toronto, Ontario.

Canada is a leader in donation-based crowd funding. We are seeing companies built in Canada bolstered by...

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The Useless Home Gadgets That Tell Us Not to Think For Ourselves

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 12:46 PM

X-ray specs, Sea Monkeys, Crypto-rings, Whoopee Cushions, Black Eye Telescopes. I loved the comic ads that were used to entice children to part with their pocket money back in the day. They were fun, they were gimmicks, and most importantly, they were cheap and throw away. These days we have...

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The Future of Work and How Millennials are Changing the World

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 5:18 PM believes that every time a project is posted and subsequently delivered that lives are changed. In some cases, it's as simple as making a project budget go a little further, getting a concept proven or some amazing design work delivered. In other cases, the projects posted and the work...

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Wearable Technology, Psychadelics and Other 2015 Predictions

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 11:49 AM

For the past few years, I have actively spent time to think about what technology trends will have the biggest impact in the coming one to three years. The following trends are those I have noticed, been attracted to, thought about, and discussed with friends over the past few months....

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Advice from Canada's Most Talented Entrepreneurs

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 4:44 PM

When I started my new job with, I was researching where and who to reach out to in Canada and I quickly realized the force that is the Ottawa start up scene. Sure it's the capital and that should be an obvious choice however I found something truly unique....

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Flexsourcing: The New Resourcing Model

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 2:50 PM

Companies are at a crossroads. Hiring freezes, increased workloads and reduced headcount makes for tough times and long hours. And that is just for established company, think about the really hard days in a startup as well and working starts to feel a little less than ideal for a sane...

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What Happens When Social Media Landscape Leaders Fight For Dominance

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 4:17 PM

Connecting with eCommerce and a focus on original visual content has become critical for Social Platforms as we deep-dive into Pinterest's meteoric rise in the social market; this demand for original content delivers a surge in creative and content jobs; Apple breaks what appeared to be Android's unshakeable dominance with...

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Creativity, Collaborative Economy and Building the Future: The End of Days?

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 5:11 PM

Every day I have really interesting conversations with creatives and technical folk about my decision to work with and how we connect people to design, build, write and create businesses and successes. I then realize (after debating value, distributed economies, the creative processes and other subjects) that we are...

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Richard Branson's Unlimited Vacation Proposal Is An Expert Move

(7) Comments | Posted September 27, 2014 | 1:49 PM

On Tuesday 23rd September, Richard Branson announced a bold new step forward for Virgin in a blog post on their site.

Flexible working has revolutionised how, where and when we all do our jobs. So, if working nine to five no longer applies, then why should strict annual...
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Design Is all Around Us, so Why Don't We See It?

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 11:39 AM

Design is all around us: in the streets, on the bus, at work and in our homes.

Designers see it, learn from it, critique it, and improve upon it on a daily basis. For most of us normal folk, it is a lot less obvious. People do say that...

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Vancouverite Predictions On What the Future Will Look Like

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 2:49 PM

Recently, I've noticed a great many articles and infographics that talk about where we are headed in the world with all of this technology. With wearables, Nike recently walked away from the FUEL band, Google is still hawking Google Glass, and Facebook even joined the game with the purchase of...

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2014 Tech Predictions: An Exciting Year for Connected Society and Business

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 11:44 AM

Back in December 2012, I published my technology predictions for 2013 in this very blog:

  • Convenience will send our lives into a creative low point

  • We will be tired of, yet even more addicted to, social media

  • We will start to celebrate locally connected...

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What Do Organizations Learn When You Give Them Your Data?

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 12:21 PM

Over the past couple of years Big Data has been a topic that's been gaining momentum in organizations, consultancies and ad agencies and they've all been struggling to work out a strategy of how to deal with it.

I've spent the last 15-plus years wrestling Big Data, driving analysis...

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The Modern Marketer Must Be So Much More

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 2:05 PM

What is a marketer in 2013? It's a question that has started to perplex me more and more as we roll further into the hyper-connected world. The standard definition has us believe that it's someone that who promotes or exchanges goods or services for money. That promotion comes from ads...

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