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Canadian Game Developer Snatches Major Indie Talent from LA

This week the internet exploded with news that Montreal, Square Enix Montreal—the Canadian arm of a Japanese studio—has stolen an idol from the Los Angeles Indie Game Dev world. Teddy Dief, most notably of Hyper Light Drifter fame, announced via twitter this morning that he would be making the opposite move to the norm, which may be an even greater expression of his Indie Roots than we think.

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Vancouver's Bench Raises $20 Million Series B Round

Online bookkeeping service Bench has closed a $20 million Series B up­round led by Bain Capital Ventures and joined by Altos Ventures and Contour Venture Partners.

Altos and Contour were also Series A investors in Bench.

The new round, which brings total capital raised to over $40 million, will go toward product enhancements and the rollout of a new product.

Since 2012, Bench has made significant strides in its journey toward fully automating the job of a bookkeeper.

By creating task­ specific algorithms and perfecting tools that can work seamlessly with bank data, payment data, etc., Bench has reduced the labour time of its bookkeepers by 75%.

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Regus Opens New Shared Workspace in Vancouver

In a world of freelancers and remote workers, coworking spaces continue to rise in popularity.

The latest flexible, shared working enviornment comes from Regus, who has opened a new space in Robson Square, which was recently decided by the city to be developed into a social hub of downtown.

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