October 25, 2016 | Startup Canada
Startup Canada, the national rallying community and voice for Canada’s entrepreneurs, today named its inaugural Startup Culture and Engagement Ambassador. Rob Villeneuve, entrepreneur and CEO of Rebel.com, assumed the role this morning.
Villeneuve will spend the next year working with Startup Canada as its key culture spokesperson, and will work with the organization to influence entrepreneurial culture nationwide. Villeneuve will also provide weekly startup culture and employee engagement tips in the popular Startup Canada Podcast to educate listeners on how to build an entrepreneurial culture in businesses and organizations of all types.
“Organizations that want to adopt an entrepreneurial culture need to think about their core values, and how these values encourage problem solving, risk taking, innovation, and employee satisfaction” says Victoria Lennox, CEO and Co-Founder of Startup Canada. “As the Startup Canada Ambassador for Culture and Engagement, Rob will support companies with tactics to celebrate intrapreneurship as a means to achieve company goals.”
“A healthy company culture absolutely contributes to business success,” says Villeneuve, after leading Rebel.com through a significant culture shift over the last two years. “When your culture is strong, your employees are not just engaged and happy, they are also your greatest marketing tool, and that trickles down into every aspect of your business from recruiting to your customer’s experience.”
Just two years ago Rebel’s culture was the reflection of an unengaged, negative work force, which lacked purpose and accountability. Today Villeneuve has shared the story of Rebel.com’s incredible cultural transformation on stages across the country, in podcast internationally, and in publications like Entrepreneur. Just this month, Rebel.com was recognized by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce as the winner of an Ottawa Best Business award in HR for their corporate culture.
Villeneuve brings over 15 years of experience supporting startups to this role, along with extensive knowledge of software development, domains, and web solutions. Having started and worked for companies such as Gilmour Group, 76Design, and RaceDV, Villeneuve is also a Board Member of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA).
To learn more about Rob Villeneuve and his role as the Startup Canada Ambassador for Culture and Engagement, listen to the Oct. 25 episode of the Startup Canada Podcast, titled Canada’s Newest Startup Ambassador at www.Startupcan.ca/Podcast.
For more information on this appointment and to schedule interviews, contact:
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613-627-0787 ext. 106
About Startup Canada
Startup Canada is the leading national social enterprise supporting and giving a voice to entrepreneurs through online programs, national awards, flagship events, and partnerships with private sector and government to foster a community for startup and small business success across the country. For more information, visit www.startupcan.ca.
About Rob Villeneuve
Rob Villeneuve is the CEO of Rebel.com, a domain registrar that creates simple, useful tools to empower participation in the world’s bravest communication space: the Internet. Rob’s expertise is the cumulation of two decades of work in domains, software development and web solutions - but his real passion is in building Agile teams and authentic corporate cultures. A bearded tech geek, Rob galvanizes the Rebel team to experiment with innovation and new technology at every opportunity. Rob contributes to national and international Internet policy development through his involvement with CIRA and ICANN, is a StartUp Canada Fellow for culture and engagement, and a contributor to podcasts and publications that support creators and innovators to succeed.
[Ottawa] April 22, 2016
The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ottawa Business Journal announced Rob Villeneuve, CEO of Rebel, as a 2016 Forty Under 40 recipient, one of Ottawa’s most prestigious business awards recognizing accomplished and rising business leaders under the age of 40.
As the CEO of Rebel, a domain registrar that creates simple, useful tools to empower participation in the world’s bravest communication space, Rob’s expertise is the cumulation of two decades of work in domains, software development, and web solutions. With Rebel, he steered a mature, shrinking business into a company that has seen year-over-year growth. By focusing on a number of factors, including improving customer support through empowering employees to take an active role in contributing to their success rather than just selling them products, Rob was able to galvanize the Rebel team to experiment with innovation at every opportunity.
Rob has a passion for building Agile teams and authentic corporate cultures, and has used this dedication to transform Rebel’s culture. Where once there existed frustration and distrust, Rebel has now fostered a culture of celebrating contribution and embracing open, authentic, and brave communication between employees at all levels. This transition has led Rob to be championed by Startup Canada as their Fellow for Culture.
Rob has become a leader in employee engagement, sharing his expertise and insights on stage, on podcasts and in publications, including Entrepreneur . He also contributes to national and international Internet policy development through his involvement with CIRA and ICANN.
The Forty Under 40 award has become the symbol of leadership, innovation, business acumen and community involvement in Ottawa, all of which enhances and validates our current and future business leaders.
The 2016 awards yet again saw an impressive number of people engaged in the nomination process. More than 260 applications were submitted, making the selection process even more gruelling for a panel of seven independent judges.
This year’s recipients come from varied backgrounds ranging from craft brewing to aerospace, representing the diverse nature of the local business landscape.
“It’s great to see the recipients hailing from different industries and backgrounds” says Chamber President and CEO Ian Faris. “These young business leaders exemplify the enormous amount of talent we have in this city. Their pioneering nature and visionary thinking will generate economic benefits in the years ahead as we strive to become the centre of talent attraction and innovation.”
“I’ve judged the award for 17 years. I found this year to be a mountain of work” said Michael Curran, Publisher of the Ottawa Business Journal. “The number of recipients and, generally speaking, the across-the-board quality made it very difficult to pre-screen applicants. As evidence of that, we passed along more than 100 finalists to be judged by our seven-person committee. That's never happened before.”
Click here to view the 2016 Forty Under 40 recipients.
December 11, 2015
It’s easy and affordable to move your domains to the registrar that’s all about you.
Rebel.com, one of the fastest-growing domain registrars, has launched a highly competitive $3.99 domain transfer-in campaign for businesses, entrepreneurs and Internet users around the world.
This limited time offer will cover both the time remaining on a user’s domain with their current registrar and the renewal cost with Rebel.com for an entire year. Popular domain extensions .com, .ca, .net and .org and .co will all receive this special pricing.
“So many of our customers rebel by being visionaries, dream followers, risk takers and ground breakers,” says Rebel.com CEO Rob Villeneuve. “We’re excited to make it easy for anyone to bring their domains to us with this promotion.”
The Rebel.com $3.99 domain transfer program is available now through www.rebel.com/transfer. Users can transfer up to 40 domains to Rebel.com using the self-serve online transfer process.
Rebel.com also offers competitively priced hosting, custom email, privacy protection and SSL solutions. Find them on social channels @rebeldotcom to see customer profiles, tools and special promotions.
Rebel.com are experts in domain names and the products and services that make the most of them – so you can make your mark online. Rebel.com believes that those who contribute make them better. That's why they create simple, useful tools to empower participation in the world's bravest communication space: The Internet. Rebel.com is the registrar that’s all about you.
OTTAWA, October 2, 2015
Startup Canada and Rebel.com, domain name and product experts, are setting entrepreneurs across Canada up for online success as partners in Startup Canada’s nationwide #EveryEntrepreneur Tour.
“A strong digital presence is a must-have for today’s businesses,” said Startup Canada CEO Victoria Lennox. “It is thanks to partners like Rebel.com that we can work to spread this message to entrepreneurs across the country, and to connect with the knowledge and tools needed to excel in a digital economy.”
“We’re excited to work with Startup Canada to help guide new entrepreneurs through the many opportunities the internet offers for their success,” says Rebel.com CEO Rob Villeneuve.
The #EveryEntrepreneur Tour will launch on Oct. 14 in Halifax, N.S., and land in six Canadian cities before wrapping up in Toronto, Ont. on Dec. 14. Similar to Startup Canada’s inaugural tour in 2012, which engaged 20,000 Canadians in the largest-ever consultation on entrepreneurship in Canadian history, the #EveryEntrepreneur Tour will provide on-site inspiration, mentorship and training to thousands of entrepreneurs to help cultivate the next generation of anchor companies across Canada.
Between keynote sessions with top Canadian entrepreneurs like Second Cup Co-Founder Frank O’Dea and Moxie TradesCEO Marissa McTasney, Rebel.com gurus will be on-hand for Genius Bar-style support and will connect entrepreneurs to domain resources at their exhibitor space during a day-long tradeshow.
Rebel.com will be offering groundbreaking pricing on their products and services to attendees of the tour and members of the Startup Canada community.
Tour Dates and Locations:
Oct. 14 | Halifax
Oct. 28 | Montreal
Nov. 4 | Vancouver
Nov. 7 | Whitehorse
Nov. 9 | Calgary
Nov. 17 | Ottawa
Dec. 14 | Toronto
For the latest updates on Startup Canada’s #EveryEntrepreneur Tour, visit StartupTour.ca.
About Startup Canada and Rebel.com
Startup Canada and Rebel.com have partnered since August 2015 to connect entrepreneurs with the best domains and digital marketing initiatives. Through monthly #StartupChats on Twitter, the partners have given tips on how entrepreneurs can make the most of their online presence.
Rebel.com offers simple, useful tools to empower participation in the world’s bravest communication space: The Internet. With hundreds of domain endings available, they are experts in crafting the right identity and making the most of how we identify.
LOS ANGELES, September 14, 2015
In a partnership between creative powerhouse SoulPancake and domain hosting site Rebel.com, select episodes of the hit podcast The Unmistakable Creative are getting a life of their own.
Six existing episodes of Srinivas Rao’s podcast are going “under the pen,” each at the helm of a unique animator. The partnership is motivated by Rebel.com and SoulPancake's shared goal to empower people with the tools, resources, and inspiration to create – no matter what may have stood in the way in the past.
From an artistic perspective, The Unmistakable Creative offers a distinctive look at branding, storytelling, and marketing, but from a personal angle, the podcast gives listeners a place to dream, pave new roads, and embrace the innate urge to create. Now, with the depth and imagination only possible through the animated medium, TUC offers new insights, not only into what can be learned from the podcast, but into the minds of artists who have found their own inspiration from Rao’s work.
“The Unmistakable Creative” premieres today at 12pm PST on SoulPancake’s YouTube Channel and features Elle Luna's animation of her TUC appearance, “Journey to the Crossroads of Should and Must.”
About The Unmistakable Creative
Srinivas Rao has conducted more than 500 interviews with thought leaders ranging from happiness researchers to graffiti artists to ex-cons to cartoonists. His podcast has more than 500 five-star reviews on iTunes.
SoulPancake was founded by actor Rainn Wilson in 2008 and has since become known for their unique brand of "feel-good brain batter." The company explores the human experience through content on its Emmy Award-winning television division, Webby Award-winning premium YouTube channel, and in two New York Times best selling books.
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