Season 1,

17: Helpful is Changing Business Communication

August 29, 2017

In today’s podcast, we are joined by Daniel Debow, the CEO, and co-founder of, a video messenger for professionals. Most recently, he was SVP, Emerging Technologies at Salesforce. Previously, Daniel was the co-founder and co-CEO of Rypple, which was acquired by Salesforce in 2011. Prior to Rypple, Daniel was on the founding team of Workbrain, which was acquired by Infor in 2007. Daniel has made many angel investments and in 2015 was recognized as Canada’s “Angel Investor of the Year.”

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Helpful is changing the way people communicate internally, but also with clients. However, the journey to get to Helpful was a long, but fruitful one. Daniel walks us through his entrepreneur journey and tells us what lead to Helpful.

Get ready to learn from a true entrepreneur who has built three successful business. Daniel has shown us to continually look at your audience and what they are doing online in order to find a way to make their professional life better. That is exactly what Daniel has spent most of his career doing and he has done it yet again with Helpful.

Also, side note, we are the first people to talk publicly about Helpful. We are truly honored. So while you are listening to this podcast, go on over to your app store and download the Helpful app today. Trust us, it will change the way you communicate.

Heads up:

Daniel opened the invitation for anyone to message him on Helpful in order for you to ask him any questions or to be mentored by him. That’s huge because most CEO’s don’t open themselves up like that. Just message him at

More about Daniel Debow and Helpful:

Daniel holds a JD/MBA (Gold Medalist) from the University of Toronto, an LLM in Law, Science and Technology from Stanford University and a BA in Psychology from Western University. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, Founding Partner of the Creative Destruction Lab at the Rotman School of Management, Founder of Root Down Studios and serves on the advisory boards of Thalmic Labs, the Rotman School, Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, OMERS Ventures and ScaleUp Ventures. Daniel is a recipient of the Rotman School’s Catalyst Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the UofT Alumni Arbor Award. Daniel’s views on technology have been featured in media such as Bloomberg, the CBC, the Toronto Star, and Forbes. He lives in Toronto with his wife and four children.

Helpful allows you to share video updates at work. Video updates are the fastest and most authentic way to convey your tone and expression, making it easy to get your message across.

Teams use Helpful to send status updates, broadcast news, give feedback, or share ideas. You can send an update to anyone in your contacts – even if they’re not on Helpful.

Stop typing long emails that don’t get read and start sending video updates that keep your team engaged.

Helpful is free. Download now to get started.

How to get in touch with Daniel and the Helpful team:

Twitter: @ddebow & @helpful



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