Canada's leading Web 2.0 pioneers

Posted by Rob Lewis

The second annual PICK 20 roundup of Canada’s leading Web 2.0 pioneers has been announced over at Backbone Magazine.

To compile the top 20 we assembled a crack panel of judges and asked them and the public to nominate worthy companies or projects. This year we received more than twice as many nominations as last year, generating an even broader picture of Web 2.0 in Canada.

This year we stuck with our definition from 2008, because while the technologies have changed, the purpose hasn’t. We defined Web 2.0 as the use of “online social platforms to link individuals to each other and, increasingly, to connect companies to partners and clients. The real point, though, is that Web 2.0 happens when the talk goes from a monologue to a dialogue, when everyone gets a say and when those voices can actually change opinions, company policy, government decisions and so on.”

  1. FreshBooks, Toronto - Online invoicing and time-tracking service
  2. Myca Health, Quebec City - Online communication platform linking patients and doctors
  3. CoveritLive, Toronto - real-time blogging software
  4. Viigo, Toronto - Smartphone content delivery software (news, weather, flight status, etc.)
  5. Radian6, Fredericton - Real-time social media monitoring and analysis
  6. File Mobile, Toronto - On-demand social media content management and application development system
  7. BoardSuite, Toronto - Board-level governance and compliance solution
  8. NowPublic, Vancouver - Crowdsourced/participatory news gathering
  9. Tungle, Montreal - Online scheduling software that works across companies, systems and time zones
  10. HootSuite, Vancouver - A Twitter toolbox that manages multiple Twitter profiles
  11. ThoughtFarmer, Vancouver - Intranet software which incorporates social networking features
  12. AfterCAD Online, Vancouver - Enables viewing and publishing complex data sets over the Web
  13. TeamPages, Vancouver - Website  creation and management service for amateur sports teams
  14. The Manufacturing Innovation Network, Waterloo - An online network built for Waterloo Region manufacturing companies
  15. Well.ca, Toronto - An online health, beauty and skin care store
  16. Clarity Accounting, Vancouver - Online accounting for small businesses and the self-employed
  17. Voices.com, London - Online voice-over talent agency
  18. Taglocity, Vancouver - Enterprise e-mail management and knowledge sharing
  19. PollStream, Toronto - interactive-engagement and poll-building solutions
  20. Pixton, Vancouver - A site where people create, publish, share and remix comics

To assemble the final ranking, the judges scored the nominees against five criteria: ROI, competitive advantage, ongoing value, execution and innovation. Also, any nominee who appeared on last year’s PICK 20 was judged only on developments or progress in the past 12 months.

Company:
PollStream Inc.
Website:
http://www.pollstream.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

PollStream is a leading provider of interactive engagement and community building solutions. PollStream clients leverage our two-way dialogue solutions to effectively engage, educate and inform customers and employees online. Our Poll, Quiz, Comment Engine, Sparkplug and Hive solutions tap into participants' fundamental desire to declare and compare ideas, opinions and recognition. PollStream quickly transforms... more

Company:
FreshBooks
Website:
http://www.freshbooks.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In 2003, Mike McDerment, co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, accidently saved over an invoice, snapped and decided to create a better way to manage his books and bill clients. Since then, FreshBooks has emerged as the #1 cloud accounting specialist for small business owners by helping more than 5 million people track time, organize expenses and invoice clients in the cloud. Known for extraordinary customer service... more

Company:
NowPublic
Website:
http://www.nowpublic.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

NowPublic is a participatory news network which mobilizes an army of reporters to cover the events that define our world. In twelve short months, the company has become one of the fastest growing news organizations with thousands of reporters in over 140 countries. During Hurricane Katrina, NowPublic had more reporters in the affected area than most news organizations have on their entire staff. NowPublic... more

Company:
TeamPages
Website:
http://www.teampages.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

TeamPages is an online social network and utility for amateur sports that makes it easier for coaches, team managers and players to: manage their teams, schedule games, and keep track of stats communicate with one another and share memories build an online community and presence TeamPages provides teams, athletes, and fans with a central location to post and find their schedules, check out the latest team news... more

Company:
Filemobile
Website:
http://www.filemobile.net
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Filemobile is a media management and social media platform, providing services and tools to enable social media and networking. Filemobile’s Media Factory platform brings the services and tools that power broadband video, social media and networking for any site. more

Company:
Well.ca
Website:
http://www.well.ca
Location:
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Well.ca is a Canadian online health & beauty store. Although our primary focus is on serving Canadians from coast to coast, we also ship hard-to-find products to the United States. Our local store has operated since 1982 from Guelph, Ontario. We work hard to be a kind, responsible, and friendly company. more

Company:
BoardSuite Corp.
Website:
http://www.BoardSuite.co
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Designed by directors Directors on boards have significant risks and responsibilities. BoardSuite was created to mitigate risk by providing directors and officers a simple yet powerful solution to address their responsibilities surrounding good governance and compliance. Provided as a FREE SaaS-based service, BoardSuite enables executive leadership teams to securely and effectively manage their governance and... more

Company:
Clarity Accounting
Website:
http://www.clarityaccounting.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Clarity Accounting is an online accounting software created for small businesses and self-employed professionals. It has a simple and elegant user interface that allows businesses to enter data and view critical reports as soon as users log in to their account. Clarity Accounting is designed with full compliance to general accounting principles. Features and Benefits of Clarity Accounting Include: Anywhere... more

Company:
CoverItLive
Website:
http://coveritlive.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Since its release in late 2007, CoveritLive has been used by thousands of writers to engage millions of readers around the world. It has been well received by traditional bloggers as well as those in mainstream media. Our users are finding millions of usage occasions from niche events like chess tournaments in Germany or local elections in London, to marquee events like the NFL draft and American Idol. Before... more

Company:
Radian6
Website:
http://radian6.com
Location:
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Radian6 provides the leading social media monitoring and engagement platform for marketing, communications and customer support professionals. The company’s new Engagement Console enables brands and agencies to monitor all forms of social media, with real-time results, and engage as a team through unique workflow features for tagging, classifying, and assigning of posts. Analysis widgets on the Radian6 dashboard... more

Company:
Viigo
Website:
http://viigo.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Viigo™ is revolutionizing the way users access information on their smartphone. Every day, people around the world rely on Viigo as their gateway to a vast array of up-to-the-minute content and useful services, wherever they are and whenever they need it. In one simple, fully customizable application, Viigo delivers news, weather, flight schedules and status, real-time sports scores, stock quotes and market data,... more

Company:
Tungle
Website:
http://www.tungle.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Tungle is the industry's first calendar accelerator. By syncing with your existing calendar, you get all the scheduling and calendar sharing benefits of Tungle without having to switch to a new system. Keep using your Google, Outlook, iCal or Entourage calendar - Just sync it with Tungle and you'll be able to: Easily schedule meetings with anyone Share calendars inside or outside your company, even with people... more

Company:
Taglocity
Website:
http://www.taglocity.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Terazen Technology develops Taglocity™, an Enterprise Web 2.0 inspired email productivity and knowledge discovery solution. Taglocity solves problems inherent in today’s enterprise email systems such as email overload, attention deficit, collaboration breakdown, ineffective searching, and wasted knowledge. Our unobtrusive technology works alongside existing email systems to boost workforce productivity by reducing... more

Company:
Hootsuite Media, Inc.
Website:
http://www.hootsuite.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Hootsuite is the world’s most widely used social media relationship platform. More than 10 million users, including 744 of the Fortune 1000 companies, trust Hootsuite to manage their social media programs across multiple social networks from one integrated dashboard. Learn more about how Hootsuite is revolutionizing communication at http://www.hootsuite.com. more

Company:
Pixton Comics Inc
Website:
http://www.pixton.com
Location:
Parksville, British Columbia, Canada

Want to make amazing comics online and share them instantly? Using Pixton's click-n-drag easy comic creator, you can design your own characters and move them into any pose. Customize props, upload pictures, create freestyle panel layouts, add sound & voice-over, and much more. Meet new friends - it's awesome! Get started for free at Pixton.com - it's the world's best way to create and share comics online!... more

Company:
Myca Nutrition
Website:
http://www.myca.com/
Location:
Québec, Québec, Canada

Requiring only a PC, video camera, and Internet connection, Myca Nutrition lets nutrition professionals connect with their clients easily and efficiently. This online platform facilitates video consults, messaging, a personalized website, and even a picture food journal for clients to track their meal-time progress— all supported by secure archiving, profiles, and online billing. Myca Nutrition's remote connection... more


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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more



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