MasterCard Masterstroke

October 19, 2007

I grew up across the street from a natural ice hockey surface and I learned a lot about Canadian culture and my own character playing shinny on that rink. I still play shinny during the winter here in Toronto. Unfortunately our great city is going through some financing issues, which I think is a real shame because it’s a growth engine for all of Canada, but I digress. As a result of the financial issues, Toronto Mayor David Miller has been cutting public services (including outdoor hockey rinks) which is also a shame, but something he pretty much has to do. Now enter MasterCard…

It’s not very often a big company does something that directly effects me or something that I care about, but MasterCard just did. They are offering $160,000 in no strings attached funding to ensure the Toronto rinks open in December for the holidays, instead of being forced to open in January due to budgetary issues. As a Canadian who believes that outdoor hockey has long shaped and influenced our cultural identity and the character of our youth, I have to say, MasterCard this was one sweet move, you hosers.

about the author

Co-Founder & CEO, FreshBooks Mike is the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, the world’s #1 cloud accounting software for self-employed professionals. Built in 2003 after he accidentally saved over an invoice, Mike spent 3.5 years growing FreshBooks from his parents’ basement. Since then, over 10 million people have used FreshBooks to save time billing, and collect billions of dollars. A lover of the outdoors, Mike has been bitten so many times it’s rumored he’s the first human to have developed immunity to mosquitoes.