Digital Media People to Watch in BC in 2008

Posted by Rob Lewis

One of the benefits of blogging about technology in BC is the opportunity to meet and interact with innovative technology leaders and evangelists everyday. During 2007, we've had the pleasure of covering some great people, start-ups, and events and as a result are very excited about what 2008 promises for the BC Tech industry.

To kick off the year, we've put together a list of British Columbians in the Digital Media space that we think are worth watching in 2008. While all have been super successful to date, this upcoming year promises to be a BIG one. Mark our word.

David Ascher, MailCo – Ascher heads up this spin off of Thunderbird technology from Mozilla Corporation (Firefox) and is building a team in Vancouver. Mozilla’s strong backing will give Ascher the flexibility to build open source software that takes email to the next level.

Ian Andrew Bell, Something Simpler - Bell is a Silicon Valley veteran who is bringing his consumer market savvy to bear building a series of high-profile services leveraging the PubSub realtime content matching engine. His small team of industry veterans will release the first of their services, a Facebook recommendation engine called "Pulse", in January.

Leonard Brody, NowPublic.com – NowPublic.com was named one of the Top 50 websites by TIME magazine in 2007 and went on to record the 2nd largest VC financing of the year - $11.6 Million. All eyes will be on Brody to see what he can do as an encore.

Jonathon Ehrlich, Communicate.com – Former Executive VP of Online at Indigo Books & Music came West to join Communicate.com in late 2007. Ehrlich has big e-commerce plans for a portfolio of online properties that include Boxing.com, Call.com, and Cricket.com.

Markus Frind, Plentyoffish – Vancouver’s most successful one-man operation is due to cash-in on his Google Adsense cash cow as online dating consolidation moves North. Will he find the right match?

Kris Krug and Robert Scales, Raincity Studios – Raincity has big plans for their recent Bryght acquisition and 2008 should be an interesting year as they integrate the Bryght product and expand into China.

Boris Mann, Raincity Studios - Vancouver Tech evangelist and open source specialist recently sold Bryght and is rumoured to be planning his next big thing in town to help even more companies get started here.

Danny Robinson, Strutta - Robinson is a serial entrepreneur who previously founded two Internet companies (Peerflix and Spinway) is due to launch eagerly anticipated Strutta in early 2008.

Fred Speckeen, AERS - Speckeen brings two decades of experience to Victoria-based e-commerce analytics leader AERS. Founding Sukow Brothers deserve kudos for growing annual revenue to $2 Million and recognizing the need for an experienced CEO. Look for Speckeen to attract the spotlight to AERS in 2008.

Tom Williams, GiveMeaning - GiveMeaning has been reducing the barriers separating people’s generosity from the problems that need attention since 2004 but you can't help but feel that the former 14 year-old Apple prodigy is just getting started. Look for him to take crowd-sourced giving up a notch in 2008.

As Techvibes continues to increase coverage in other technology hotbeds, look for similar lists throughout the year. And if we've missed someone, be sure to add your pick to the comments below.

Company:
Live Current Media
Website:
http://www.livecurrent.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Live Current builds, owns and operates some of the most powerful and engaging content and commerce destinations on the Internet. Through subject-specific DestinationHubs™, Live Current properties connect people to each other and to the information, brands, and products they are passionate about. Live Current has headquarters in Vancouver, Canada with a location in Seattle, WA and is publicly traded on the NASD... more

Company:
GiveMeaning
Website:
http://www.givemeaning.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

GiveMeaning exists to reduce the barriers separating people’s generosity from the problems that need attention, close to home and far away. 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:
Something Simpler
Website:
http://www.somethingsimpler.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Unique and hugely functional applications which process vast streams of realtime web information are our focus. You'll love the stuff we're building, and we can't wait to show you, but for now we'll just have to keep things a secret. more

Company:
Advanced E-commerce Research Systems
Website:
http://www.researchadvanced.com
Location:
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Advanced E-commerce Research Systems (AERS) is a Canadian company currently operating out of the Vancouver Island Tech Park located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The company was founded in 2002 by two brothers, Anthony and Andrew Sukow, in order to fulfill the need for reliable market research on the eBay marketplace. Having operated out of the University of Victoria until September, 2005, AERS has been... more

Company:
Raincity Studios, Inc
Website:
http://www.raincitystudios.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Founded: December 2003 by Robert Scales Principals: Robert Scales, CEO Kris Krug, President Mark Yuasa, Creative Director Erik Hermans, Production Director Recent/Noteworthy Clients Sony BMG, SPIN Magazine, New Media BC, The Government of Canada, Warner Bros. Records, BCIT, University of British Columbia, China Access 2008, Grateful Dead, and AskANinja.com. What does Raincity Studios do? Complete web community... more

Company:
Strutta
Website:
http://www.strutta.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Strutta's industry leading technology connects brands with their target consumers through powerful social promotions. Its do-it-yourself tools allow agencies, brands and developers to easily create and manage interactive contests and sweepstakes. Strutta has powered award-winning promotions for top international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. Clients include Microsoft, AirBNB, Edelman,... more

Company:
PlentyOfFish (POF.com)
Website:
http://www.pof.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

PlentyOfFish is the world’s largest online dating site, with over 80 million registered users. Beginning as a small start-up out of CEO and founder Markus Frind’s apartment in 2003, it soon revolutionized the online dating industry as the first free site. Since its inception, PlentyOfFish has offered the first and most advanced matching system in the industry and a series of personalized relationship tests for... 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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