EMAD RIZKALLA is the co-founder and CEO of Bluedrop. Bluedrop was one of the first companies that predicted the importance of the Internet as a learning and training tool—in fact, when most organizations were still debating the benefits of even having a Web site, Bluedrop was working with a world-famous multinational company to develop training that would work online. Emad has been honoured as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40? and has also been featured in a Time magazine cover story that highlighted eight “young dynamic entrepreneurs who will create the 21st Century.” Emad’s been doing this for 17 years, and has never been more excited to be an entrepreneur—but knows it can be a tough path.
Getting started, he and his original colleagues were fresh out of university and willing to live on noodles for a while to help make it happen. Eventually, it did, through hard work, establishing connections and most importantly, offering a viable product. He sees entrepreneurship as a force for creating opportunity, but one that requires a bit of guts. “Someone has to take that chance,” he says. “Someone has to be the one to step up and do it.”