Adam Carter · CBC News · Nov 06, 2018 – John Porter once felt like a man trying to sell the world’s first fax machine.
He strode into Terence Webster Design in Ancaster over two decades ago with a singular idea: pitching a kind of formalized bartering economy, with a network of businesses that would trade goods and services instead of using cash.
There was just one problem. Like a fax machine needs somewhere to send that very first message, Porter needed someone for the design business to trade with — and he didn’t have anyone else willing to sign up yet.
“I had to look Terry straight in the eye as a 19-year-old and say, ‘You’re not going to like this answer, but you’re the first guy on the network. So you just have to trust me … that I can make this thing work.”