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Shawn Nutley

Finance Professional Based in Kelowna, Canada

About Shawn

Shawn Nutley of Kelowna, British Columbia is a seasoned professional with more than three decades of experience in the finance and sales sectors. He boasts a proven track record of success as an entrepreneur as he has taken several companies from concept to profitability.

Shawn has always been interested in the field of finance and parlayed this natural curiosity into a long and successful career in this sector. Over the past 30 years, Shawn Nutley has been a first-hand witness to the evolution of technology and its impact on the global market. He has seen the demise of blue-chip companies that previously dominated the industry landscape for decades and the transformation of once visionary start-ups to multinational corporations.

He sees great promise in several emerging trends such as artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, the internet of things, and the decentralization of our existing technological infrastructure. While it’s impossible to predict how exactly the future will unfold, Shawn Nutley is confident that these developments will shape the public’s behavior and decision-making on a daily basis.

Shawn Nutley first began his career in the sales industry. During these years as a sales representative, he developed his tireless work ethic, sharpened his communication skills and developed a keen understanding of the consumer. He leaned on these experiences and foundational skills to help him in his business ventures throughout this career.

Having seen success in sales, he saw entrepreneurship as the perfect opportunity to further hone his skills and has been happily entrenched in this realm to the present day.

In addition to founding and operating a host of companies, Shawn Nutley is extremely proud to serve as a business mentor and advisor to friends and family who like him are following their entrepreneurial passions. As an accomplished entrepreneur, he is excited to share his insights and experiences to help others navigate the often treacherous straits that accompany starting a business.

He understands the importance of a second-opinion; after all, no one is infallible. Everybody needs guidance and inspiration to follow the best possible path. Shawn credits much of his success in his career to those who advised and helped him along the way.

Shawn Nutley is excited to use this site as a forum to discuss market trends and share his professional experiences. If you’re interested in learning more about Shawn and his career, feel free to visit his entrepreneurial site.

The Ten Most Impressive Startups of 2019

The Ten Most Impressive Startups of 2019

Over the past five years, we have seen a steady influx of startups. These entrepreneurs have created innovative products and services that made our lives more flexible and easier. They also provided interesting investment opportunities. Below are the top ten most impressive startups this year.  


  1. TenX

Here’s a team of professionals who’re riding the major trends of cryptocurrencies by providing an integrated debit card. Having your account balances converted into the right amount and currency type are a matter of the settings you choose.


  1. Mezzofy

Coupons are helpful for getting discounts, but Mezzofy is designed for developers. Organizing a coupon campaign could result in a lucrative opportunity. This startup provides the necessary templates and automation tools that you need.


  1. Oriente

This emerging brand provides structured tools to make banking and finance easier for world citizens who lack common access to money management services.


  1. CallHealth

The money that CallHealth is raising is making a big stir in the marketplace, for what it provides is health care services in the form of a flexible franchise. These services give patients access to medications, nurses, doctors and medical testing.


  1. Brex

The corporate world actively uses debt to fund its operations, and Brex is the next-level credit card for corporate businesses. Its unique credit account is protected from fraud and is supported by its partnership with Mastercard.


  1. Snowflake Computing

The expanding industry for wireless cloud services is being invigorated by the “data warehouse” of Snowflake. This brand’s objective is to innovate how information is managed through data sharing and reasonable costs.


  1. Good American

The clothing sizes that this retailer provides give it a unique group of customers to serve. The business was created by Khloe Kardashian through various styles of jeans, bodysuits and exercise gear.


  1. Robinhood

You can expect to turn your savings into an investment with no commissions. This app is great for individuals who can’t invest for themselves but want to grow their wealth.


  1. Doordash

Doordash provides the consumer with a simple way of ordering their favorite foods for a safe, home delivery. The developer of this app is supported by a fleet of vehicles that pick up meals which aren’t normally delivered.


  1. Compass

Besides the $370 million that it raised in 2019, Compass makes real estate easier for the inexperienced buyer or seller. The firm solely works with residential real estate and a trained group of technology experts to provide the best real estate experience. 

How to Prepare for a Business Disaster

How to Prepare for a Business Disaster

Flooding, landslides, fires, and many other unexpected disasters can disrupt or entirely halt your business.


While there are insurance policies available to mitigate damages and help recovery, you can bring in your own survival options to stay agile and even learn from the disasters. Reducing damages and making insurance less of a dire need is key.


Here are a few business disaster planning points to keep in mind.


Power Failure Planning


Modern power failure plans need a way to mitigate failure, then jump into recovery as soon as possible.


Think about the moment you lose power. Do your vital systems have backup power options? Do you have a way to keep computers on at least long enough to save information and shut down safety?


For computer systems, an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) gives you extra time to save and shutdown. The most basic UPS is a battery with a timer showing how much time you have left with current power consumption.


Larger battery systems can switch on when power is lost, but there are limits. High power consumption systems such as industrial machinery may demand more electricity than the battery systems can handle.


Internet connectivity is also not covered for most businesses. Unless you are an Internet Service Provider (ISP), having power to your router and devices won’t matter if the ISP is also experiencing an outage.


The internet issue can be mitigated by having another method of connecting to the internet, such as satellite or mobile connectivity. Look to 5G connectivity in the future, but be aware that weather may slow or interrupt wireless communications.


Data Backup Planning


What happens when your data systems are damaged? What if your computers are infected and all of your data is lost?


Whether your business is damaged by a natural disaster or attacked by hackers, you need a way to keep up productivity and get started again quickly. Backups are the way.


By using data backups, you can keep a copy of your production data in safe locations across the country or across the world. You can make local copies of your devices for quick backup and recovery access, but remote backups are smarter choices.


The most basic disaster backup plan is to choose a data center in a geographically different location. This reduces the chance that a single disaster will ruin your live and backup data at the same time.


If you choose cloud storage for backups, your business can also operate on the cloud. If the disaster isn’t cleared up within a reasonable amount of time–months or longer–it’s fair to shift business to another location or access data from home.


For more information on disaster planning for businesses, contact a business disaster planning and contingency professional.

A Brief Look at the History of Hockey

A Brief Look at the History of Hockey

When we think of ice hockey, Canada comes to mind. The country is one of the top ten countries in the world that produces the most top hockey players. It’s not hard to think of notable hockey players (e.g. NHL players) from the “Great White North,” such as Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky, and Sidney Crosby. While hockey’s popularity continues to flourish, it makes us wonder how the sport was created. 


Although there is no set date as to when ice hockey was created, many believe it was developed over 4000 years ago. There are many countries (e.g. British Isles, Ireland and Scotland) that had stick-and-ball games that closely resembled hockey. According to Sports Legacy, “hockey” was played by the Aztecs before the new world (North America) was discovered. Yet, the International Ice Hockey Federation declared the first ice hockey game was played in Montreal in 1875, and the rules were published in the Montreal Gazette in 1877. The rules were attributed to J. G. Creighton, who is often referred to as the “father of ice hockey.” The rules were revised by McGill University in 1879. The origin of the term “hockey” is also hard to nail down. It’s interesting to note that many believed the term was related to the stick, from the French “hoquet” meaning shepherd’s staff. Yet, the term really refers to the object being hit by the stick, a rock which was soon replaced with a cork. Corks (stoppers) were the most used before pucks, as they were from Hock Ale barrels. 


As with any sport, the equipment took shape over the centuries to their modern form. The sticks in ice hockey morphed from simply sticks to sticks with flat blades. The stick changed again in the 1950s with a curved blade. The curvature of the blade happened by accident. According to hockey lore, Bobby Hull broke his stick during a game resulting in the curved blade. He noticed he had more accuracy with the curved shape. Thus, the rest is history. Goalie nets that did not appear until the 1890s. At first, goal areas were marked by two rocks. An umpire would stand behind the goalie to signal when a goal was scored. However, this created a great deal of controversy over the umpire’s ability to determine what was a goal. This was solved by using pieces of gas pipe as uprights and then connecting the two with another piece of pipe for stability. Netting (baling wire) was then added to catch the corks (and then wooden balls).


From there, the net was redesigned a few more times due to hockey accidents. In 1991, the net took the shape we know today with flexible plastic pipes that secured the goalie net in place. Also, the hockey puck was invented in the mid-19th century. Its shape was created from a wooden ball where the top and bottom were cut off. The wood was changed to a low-grade rubber for better movement and speed. As the sport progressed, safety concerns created the need for padding and helmets (e.g. goalie helmets). 


Ice hockey has come a long way from sticks and rocks to pucks and nets. Injuries would be more severe and frequent without the protective gear players wear. Even the older nets caused injuries! The revised rules added more organization and reduced the number of disputed plays. Hockey and Canada go hand in hand, and we look forward to the next generation of NHL hockey legends.