The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 4 Comments   Share   Top Stories – / 70 That included the tale of his time spent working in a grocery store, including crazy conversations with a cereal box that had Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino on it.Warner credits his children as his “greatest motivators” as he continued to wait for the right opportunity.“I hope this inspires you,” Warner said to his kids.Warner said his time playing in the Arena Football League re-invigorated his passion for football.“It made me fall in love with the sport all over again,” Warner said.Warner’s journey then took him to NFL Europe, which eventually got him to the St. Louis Rams for a tryout.He then ran through former coaches that played a significant role in his time playing in the NFL, including former Cardinals coaches Dennis Green, Ken Whisenhunt and Todd Haley. He asked former teammates in attendance to stand, which included Larry Fitzgerald, Calais Campbell and Aeneas Williams.He began to end his speech urging those listening to take advantage of every moment like he tried to.“Don’t miss your moments,” Warner said. “Your moments to be impacted and your moments to impact.”Warner’s mark in the league can be seen in the record books. He’s one of only nine players in the history of the NFL to win two or more AP MVP awards, he was the fastest quarterback in league history to throw for 10,000 yards and is the only player to ever throw for over 14,000 yards with two different NFL franchises. Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner speaks next to a bust of him during inductions at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) An incredible story of perseverance forever immortalized. pic.twitter.com/qKv5Nm5mXX— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 6, 2017Warner began his speech going through his early years playing football, including in high school when he had hopes of playing wide receiver and when he was learning how to get hit in the pocket.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling While Warner’s Super Bowl ring came with the St. Louis Rams, his postseason highs statistically over the course of his careers with both franchises came in Arizona. In six career playoff games with the Cardinals, Warner had a 71 percent completion percentage and threw for 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions.When looking at the most memorable games in franchise history, Warner covers most of the terrain. His 2009 postseason performance against the Green Bay Packers saw Warner throw more touchdowns (five) than incompletions (four). The year before in the Super Bowl, he posted a 31-of-43 line for 377 yards, three touchdowns and one interception against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who had the NFL’s top-ranked pass defense that season.He will always be remembered as one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the game’s history. Prior to Tom Brady’s 466 yards in this past Super Bowl, Warner’s 414 passing yards in Super Bowl XXXIV were the most ever in the Super Bowl and his 377 in Super Bowl XLIII and 365 in Super Bowl XXXVI were second and third on the list.Warner has maintained those high yardage numbers with efficiency, finishing his career with a 65.5 percent completion percentage, the fourth-highest in league history. Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday.He was presented by his wife, Brenda.Warner’s speech (you can watch the full speech here) ran through his entire life of playing football, giving him an opportunity to thank each key person in his journey to getting his gold jacket, such as family members, former teammates and coaches. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Lightspeed is writing a new chapter in the Canadian tech story

first_img The thinking is that economic and corporate policies must be adjusted to offset capitalism’s tendency to reinforce existing power structures at the exclusion of women and minorities. Grandees say from the stage that failure to change will cause confidence in the economic system to further erode, entrenching political instability. Companies and institutions that continue to populate their executive suites with white men from American and European business schools will suffer from having too many blind spots to keep up in a fast changing world.It’s an attractive theory, save for one thing: its main advocates tend to be rich and/or powerful white people. They know little to nothing of what they speak.Dasilva is a believer in the power of diversity, and he is a more authentic spokesman for the cause than many of its advocates in the Canadian liberal elite.He is the son of Goan parents who fled to Canada as refugees from Idi Amin’s Uganda in 1972. He was born in Vancouver; came out as gay in his teens while attending an all-boys Irish Catholic high school; participated in the protests at Clayoquot Sound that saved the old-growth rainforests from clear cutting; attended the University of British Columbia, where he studied religion and art history while doing computer work on the side; and then moved to Montreal in 2001 at 24 years of age.In 2005, he started Lightspeed and converted to Judaism. The original Lightspeed team was from the LGBTQ community. As he added people, Dasilva put an emphasis on ensuring he had a mix of backgrounds. He thinks it made the company stronger. You have to work harder to get an idea approved by a diverse table; if you succeed, the idea probably is a good one. All that arguing helped Lightspeed develop a “stronger sense of self,” which helped Dasilva and other executives push back against investors with “strong opinions” about how the company should be run.“We looked at difference as a teacher,” Dasilva said.Now, Dasilva plans to do some teaching. Earlier this year, he published Age of Union, a partial memoir that evolves into an explanation of his thinking about leadership, spirituality, and the environment.He also appears ready to involve himself in economic policy.Because size is an advantage in tech, and Canada is relatively small, governments will have to be a partner, Dasilva said. So far, they have been, he said, although he urged them to “stay attentive to the fact that we are competing globally for talent.”I asked Dasilva if he was talking about taxes, a sensitive subject with the current federal government and in his home province. He demurred.“We have to stay vigilant and we have to find ways to outdo our competition, outdo the U.S.,” Dasilva said.• Email: kcarmichael@nationalpost.com | Twitter: More Kevin Carmichael Share this storyLightspeed is writing a new chapter in the Canadian tech story Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Canada’s innovation policy needs radical rethink, Fraser Institute study finds Sponsored By: Twitter ← Previous Next → The Canadian Establishment needed some new blood. On March 8, it got some, when Montreal-based Lightspeed POS Inc. debuted on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Lightspeed’s shares closed 20 per cent higher, putting an exclamation point on the most successful initial public offering by a Canadian technology company in almost a decade. The surge pushed Lightspeed’s market value to about $1.7 billion, comfortably unicorn status. It also marked the arrival of Dax Dasilva, the founder and chief executive, as a national figure.If you haven’t heard of him yet, you will.“We’re in a new moment for the company,” Dasilva told me in an interview at the C2 conference in Montreal on May 24. “I’m in a new moment as a leader and I think that comes with a big responsibility to your tech ecosystem, to our small-business customers, to all of our customers, but also as a thought leader.” Canada’s technologists are having a moment — let’s hope our governments don’t wreck it Innovation Nation: Does Canada’s tech sector need a rebrand? ‘Everyone is at Collision’: Toronto’s tech scene set for coming out party as host of major conference There is something good happening in Canadian tech. But that’s not always a satisfying story, as it lacks protagonists. Shopify Inc. is a legitimate world beater, and probably the only digital-economy company that a casual reader of the Canadian business pages could name.Lightspeed, which sells point-of-sale software for restaurants and smaller retailers in about 100 countries, will help the narrative.Dasilva could have exited early like so many other founders. He scrounged money together for seven years and then partnered with venture capitalists to achieve scale. When the VCs wanted out, he negotiated a path to an IPO rather than sell to a bigger company.He broke with convention again by listing only in Toronto, ignoring warnings that the decision would alienate international investors. Lightspeed raised $240 million, almost twice as much as Ottawa-based Shopify, which was valued at about $1 billion when it listed in Toronto and New York in 2015. Shopify’s market cap is now around $42 billion.“I’ve had a lot of people in the ecosystem say that our IPO has opened new possibilities to what our tech companies are able to aspire to,” said Dasilva, who will host his first earnings call with analysts and investors on May 30. “We build these companies in Canada and then they evaporate as they get acquired by American or Asian companies,” he said. “I think we’ve reached a stage of maturity with our ecosystems that there’s growth capital available now, not just venture capital, but growth capital.”A popular subject on the conference circuit these days, whether in Davos at the World Economic Forum, in Washington at the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund, or in Montreal at C2, is diversity and inclusive growth.Government needs to ‘stay attentive to the fact that we are competing globally for talent.’Lightspeed CEO Dax Dasilva Related Stories Email Reddit Dax Dasilva: “I’ve had a lot of people in the ecosystem say that our IPO has opened new possibilities to what our tech companies are able to aspire to.”Handout center_img If the government wants to know the right way to support business, it should look to Israel and Texas Lightspeed is writing a new chapter in the Canadian tech story Kevin Carmichael: Founder Dax Dasilva is bucking convention in many ways, from his atypical background to his outlook on investors Meet the banker, venture capitalist and eight others changing the way we think and work What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation 1 Comments May 28, 201911:01 AM EDT Filed under News Economy Featured Stories Comment Facebook advertisement Join the conversation →last_img read more