St. John's Lazaridis Scale-Up Tour

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 6:30pm
Rocket Room, 272 Water Street

The Lazaridis Institute introduces

Blitzscaling by Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh

What is the secret to Amazon’s success? What do Facebook, Google and Airbnb have in common? Contrary to what you’ve read, it’s not superhuman founders, mythic “passion”, or spectacularly savvy venture capitalists. It’s Blitzscaling.

The Lazaridis Institute invites you to a presentation by Chris Yeh on specific practices to ignite and manage hypergrowth. Our goal is to collaborate with tech ecosystems across Canada to develop the strategies, tactics and expertise necessary to take startups to globally competitive scale. Join us after the presentation to eat, drink, and connect with the founders, CEOs, investors, policy makers and support organizations working to grow your local tech community.

Applications for cohort three of the Scale-Up Program will be open from May 22 - July 27.



The Lazaridis Scale-Up Program is designed to help Canada’s most promising growth-stage tech companies build their businesses to globally competitive size. The program addresses constraints to growth with a customized approach, heavily oriented toward execution. Our facilitators represent some of the world’s most influential and innovative companies, from Shopify and Survey Monkey to Oracle. They bring their knowledge and experience to bear in intensive two-day workshops focusing on the challenges our cohort companies are facing in real time. Our mentors share their expertise and their networks with the cohort companies, providing guidance and connections over the course of the year on a just-in-time basis. The men and women in the program come from a broad range of backgrounds, sectors and geographies--and they make some of their most valuable connections with each other. Before the Scale-Up Program year is finished, companies see significant changes and measurable progress. They have prepared for or received their next round of funding and are on the path to global market success.


Chris writes about a broad range of topics, with a special focus on entrepreneurship and startups. He is the co-author, along with friends Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha, of the New York Times best-seller, "The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age." His work has appeared in publications such as Harvard Business Review and TechCrunch.

Yeh is a General Partner at Wasabi Ventures Global, which brings the startup and scaleup lessons of Silicon Valley to other ecosystems around the world. He is also a General Partner at the Women's Startup Lab Fund, helping great women entrepreneurs change the world.

He earned two Bachelor's degrees with distinction from Standford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.


Thank you to our co-host at Genesis Centre for all of their support with the 2018 Lazaridis Scale-Up Tour.

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