Author: Ryan Kononoff

Ryan Kononoff is a Business Architect for Clearbridge, owner of Bed & Breakfast Squamish, invests in small startups and real-estate, and is an advisor to Investwise Mortgage Company. Previously Ryan was co-founder of Mailshine Technologies (now part of Clearbridge), and co-founder of Rent2OwnBC. When he isn't turning the entrepreneurial gears, you'll find him out travelling the world, learning a new skill or trade, pushing his limits with one of many adventure hobbies, or relaxing and spending time at home with his family.

3 Steps To Best Communicate With Your 3-Year Old (using coaching moments on the floor)

A few weeks ago I caught myself asking my 3-year old these three questions: “Are you supposed to be doing that?”, “Are you being a good boy?”, “What are you supposed to be doing right now?”. Perhaps it was my gentle tone of voice (after sternly telling him to sit down on the floor) and the lack of frustration I… Read more →

How We Went From Zero To Winning Culture In 6-Months

Finding the perfect mix of people, output, and culture isn’t as easy as 1-2-3. Surprise! And truthfully, it’s been a bumpy road as our company (and teams) have grown and evolved over the past decade. This time last year, we found ourselves struggling to build the team we knew we needed to succeed and so we began making changes. Big changes. Recently “4 things… Read more →

Get A Free WiFi Pass On Your Next Flight!

Unless you’ve been living in the dark for the past 5-years, you’ve probably noticed the Wifi sign on more and more flights. If you’re like me, you’ve probably tried to convince yourself of how much more productive you’d be if you were “connected”—and perhaps that ~10 dollar price tag was the deterrent (like it was for me). What if you could try it out on your… Read more →

Why You Should Consider Adding The Visa To Your Wallet (or why you might not want to)

Credit is a fantastic tool when used wisely. Choosing the right revolving credit facilities for your needs is an ongoing process that I both enjoy, and have benefited from over the years. Which card will provide the best return through points, air miles, or cash back rewards? Which card will bring more value through  services I’d otherwise pay for such… Read more →

How I Encourage My Gas Company To Go The Extra Mile (and to save me money)

Utilities—we all need them, but we’ve all felt like we’ve been ripped off (at least at one point) by at least one of our utility companies. If you haven’t, then your provider is probably doing everything right—so stick with them, they’re rare! So how do you ensure that you’re getting the most value out of your provider? How do you… Read more →

Truemove vs AIS vs DTAC

Thailand’s Best Cellular Service Provider? It’s Not What You Think.

My pre-trip planning routine always consists of determining who will be the carrier of choice for my voice and data needs during my travels. For short-term travel this is often roaming with my home carrier (Rogers Wireless) however for long-term travel it’s always a local carrier. This is often a reasonably quick process where I scour a few forums, read a… Read more →

Passport Requirements For Canadians Entering Thailand and Why Everyone Is Wrong About 6-Month Requirements

It’s Sunday evening, 15-hours before our Monday departure to Thailand, and my wife and I discover that my passport expires exactly 10 days short of 6-months from our date of departure. Huston, we have a problem. After discovering this, I was quickly reminded (rather informed) that most countries require a minimum validity of 6-months on a passport before they will give you… Read more →

Why I Avoid Working From Starbucks and Choose McDonalds Instead

If you work from home on a regular basis, you’ve likely ventured into a coffee shop or two along the way to break away from your regular routine. Over the years I’ve known many very successful entrepreneurs who have laid claim to regular “office space” in their local Starbucks and there can be some great perks of doing just this. I’ve found… Read more →