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Paul Summerville • April 13, 2014

Our almost 4 months is coming to a close in London.

Through great friendships and the hard work of LimeSpot folk we've managed to forge some very important relationships in the United Kingdom as a platform for our growth into 2015.

We have established a relationship with an investment bank that has given us important advice about our strategic goals to better position our Series A fund raising in 2015 including an eventual listing in London.

Paul Summerville • December 9, 2013

The Atlantic looks at the impact of Big Data on work. 

The Atlantic -- They're Watching You


Paul Summerville • December 6, 2013

My daughter-in-law Klara Houdet explains the joy and challenge of dancing Clara in the Nutcracker.

Paul Summerville • December 4, 2013

A most excellent speech by Boris Johnson. 

Telegraph -- What Would Maggie Do Today? 



Paul Summerville • November 10, 2013

On behalf of the co-founders of LimeSpot Solutions Inc., I am delighted to announce that Bob Bell has joined LimeSpot Solutions Inc. as our CEO. Well respected in our community, Bob has a diverse business background and considerable leadership experience addressing many of the challenges that LimeSpot will face in the months ahead.

Paul Summerville • November 9, 2013

First of all I must apologize for breaking one of my own rules, never, over promise and under deliver.


The title of today’s talk, “How the study of history can be central to an awesome career in almost everything” is a little over the top.


Paul Summerville • October 19, 2013

On Tuesday 22 October I will be giving a short talk about how the study of English and History helped me navigate the world of investment banking.

You are welcome to join.

Tuesday, October 22nd

Paul Summerville • September 23, 2013

The Globe and Mail today reported that Facebook Inc. has tapped its top Canadian manager, Jordan Banks, to lead a global team that will look for new ways the social network can serve large corporations in key industries – and increase its own revenue.

Well Mr. Banks look West.

Our comment:

Paul Summerville • September 22, 2013

News that Google is experimenting with taking away the cookies that advertisers use to target their clients.

While one suspects that advertisers will come up an alternative way to target their customers, it begs the question whether this is most excellent for LimeSpot that uses profile information.

We'll see.

Financial Times -- Google, Cookies Crumble

Those mean people at Google are considering taking away the cookie jar.

Paul Summerville • September 20, 2013

TVO asked me to comment on the Fed's decision this week not to start reducing their bond purchases.

Just like the old days at RBC and Jardine Fleming, de-mystifying a central bank.

In the end, the US  Federal Reserve announced this that it decided not to reduce its bond purchases, after markets had been discounting that it would do so.


The decision was proof, yet again, that monetary policy is an art, not a science.

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LimeSpot: Own Your Experience.

Leveraging Social Networks for Profit.
Marrying the product portfolio of brand name firms with the personal profile information on Facebook.
The LimeSpot enabled revolutionary new sales channel.
Ultimately, the most successful societies find the balance between the twin virtues of inequality of outcomes and equality of opportunity.
The new politics must marry the twin virtues of unequal outcomes and equality of opportunity.
When too few get too much everybody ends up with less.
Can it be that striving for equality of opportunity however imperfect the process not only benefits the individual but also creates benefits for the society as a whole that are unintended but wonderful?
Economics must be a 'moral enterprise' as much as politics claims to be. Economic outcomes need to be framed in terms of right and wrong not just efficiency if only because these often align in surprising ways.
My vision of Canada is that any Canadian child from a family of limited circumstance can expect to have a chance at lifetime of unlimited opportunities.
Tax policy should be founded on the principle of generating steady tax revenues sufficient to maximise environmentally sustainable economic growth in order to fund fair government.
Public policy should be designed to decrease inequality before the law and increase equality of opportunity.
Capitalism is not the problem; the problem is what we do with capitalism.
Content is always more difficult to argue than conspiracy.
Let the state regulate and the market operate (most things).
Welfare strategies are best designed as a hand up not as a hand out.
Political debate should not be fact free fighting.
Explanation lasts longer than eloquence.
Always favour empowerment over dependency.
The most enduring public figures are embraced for the causes they fought for and not the concept of themselves they hoped others would remember them by.
Find your voice and don't be the echo of somebody else.