Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas - the Rainforest podcast

Al Del Degan Hosts Matt Templeton on the LIBI Podcast

March 31, 2020

Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.

I am hosting this episode myself.  For more than 20 years I have provided leadership and guidance in technology and software development. When I am not networking, making connections and trying to help out wherever I can, I follow my creative passions of graphic design and photography.

Matt Templeton has a Masters of Science where he specialized in Artificial Intelligence and Computing. He became a partner at Associated Research, where he spent almost 15 years perfecting his product development skills. He holds multiple patents on a range of products both in Canada and internationally. His first start-up was a Health and Safety company which he grew to nearly 30 employees and over 3 million in annual revenues. 

As discussed in this episode: A great book on leadership and creativity is "Creativity Inc." by Ed Catmull

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Episode Summary:
Matt and I dig into the concept of "the generalist" and how being curious and having an insatiable desire to learn, as well as genuinely being interested in people can be a super power for entrepreneurs. Leadership and people skills are so much more important than technical skills when you are trying to run a company.


"If anyone's ever had sort of an office mom, you know you love them... they are critical"

"Enjoy your passion, and learn lots and lots of different things, but a little bit of strategy and a little bit of forethought goes a long way"

"When I was young, I overvalued the technical skills though. I wish I had started earlier on... leadership stuff, working with people, learning how to work well with people"


This Episode Sponsored By: Capturing Legacies

Episode Music: Tony Del Degan

Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 

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