Arlene Dickinson and You Inc



Last summer of 2013, we moved our family to our home in Toronto for over 10 weeks. It was a wonderful time for us and the kids – no work, no help, no 3G or 4G. I wasn’t really online much, hence the lack of Toronto stories. Well, here is an amazing one (for me).


I had the opportunity to meet Arlene Dickinson of CBC’s Dragons’ Den during that Toronto stay. We had a long meeting, exchanging ideas and learning about each other’s work and products. I’m sure my Canadian readers all know Arlene. To those who need an introduction, check out some of her episodes on You Tube. Dragons’ Den is a show where entrepreneurs make a pitch for money from venture capitalists or “dragons.” The US version is called Shark Tank.

My meeting with her was memorable. I took away a lot of lessons, such as “how do you know you’re not under-valuing yourself?” As someone who handles her own negotiations, I took this to heart. Arlene is someone I would love to be my mentor, investor, business partner. Arlene was also starting a new online community for Canadian entrepreneurs called You Inc, and she asked to feature me on this site. Here’s how it went.


She gave me her book. Can't put it down. Very good read. #Persuasion by @arlenedickinson #cbcdragonsden
She gave me a copy of her book. I shot that outside her office.


Just met @arlenedickinson a Canadian business icon, best selling author, venture capitalist, tv personality. I. AM. AMAZED.  Watch her shows Dragons' Den and The Big Decision. #cbc #arlenedickinson
Me and Arlene Dickinson


She tweeted about me after our meeting.


After meeting the dragon in her den. Felt like a baby dragon myself. #girlpower
That’s me after I left her office, feeling like a little dragon myself. Haha.


Days after that I went back to Arlene’s office and sat for an interview with You Inc. (Thought bubble: Wow, my hair!)


Behind the lens was Marayna Dickinson.


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I was pleasantly surprised to find my interview featured on You Inc this week. The site is a great resource for entrepreneurs. I am under the category of “game changer.” Truly honoured! The photo they used was taken by Mau Aguasin and first appeared in Philippine Star. You can read my You Inc feature here.


And here’s my interview as a “Game Changer” in You Inc.




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  • Alex Cee

    Ate Daphne you are so inspiring! I wish I could be like you eventually. 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Thank you so much!

  • April San Pedro

    Very well said… love how you said that entrepreneur shouldn’t be afraid of failure and use it as a lesson… my father once said, if you to be an entrepreneur, you should learn how to take risks.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t know I was an entrepreneur until I created something out of nothing and made money from it. I wish I had been taught the ins and outs of business… but I took a different path and learned everything organically. Nice too.

  • Adobo Diaries

    Dear Daphne, when I grow up I want to be like you. Hehe.

    • Anonymous

      Haha. So sweet. You will be like YOU. <3

      • Adobo Diaries

        Appreciate your reply. This post inspires me to do better no matter what the obstacles are.

  • christine

    Daphne, I love your gray boots! Where did you get it?

    • Anonymous

      They are by Cole Haan.

      • christine

        bought it and got it na online lol!!!! thanks Daphne!!!!! Yey to power of persuasion 🙂