Digital Media People to Watch in BC Update

Posted by Rob Lewis

The British Columbia Day Act states that the first Monday of August is a legal holiday to be observed as British Columbia Day. So I figured today was an appropriate time to revisit Techvibes Digital Media People to Watch in BC during 2008 and see where all 10 are at.

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 built his team for his Firefox spin-off and launched Mozilla Messaging in February. He's currently enjoying an unplanned extended holiday in Whistler post the 2008 Mozilla Summit.

Ian Andrew Bell, Something Simpler - Something Simpler launched their Pulse Facebook recommendation engine in January, but as of June Bell is no longer with the start-up. Side project RosterBot continues to roll along with over 10,000 users and close to 800 teams using the site. Look for a new version and other news from Bell in the very near future.

Leonard Brody, NowPublic.com – NowPublic.com continued to collect accolades (Branham Top 25 and KPMG PICK 20), took citizen journalism mobile, upgraded their platform, and landed a veteran advisor with their purchase of Truemors. Not bad for seven months work.

Jonathon Ehrlich, Communicate.com (renamed Live Current Media Inc.) – Ehrlich's e-commerce plans kicked into high gear shortly after the re-brand to Live Current in March. Live Current partnered with the DLF Indian Premier League to the tune of $50 Million over 10 years and proved it was the right call with a successful inaugural season.

Markus Frind, Plentyoffish – Frind started the year off right with a great New York Times piece but the big news is that Vancouver’s most successful one-man operation is now a three-person operation. No news on whether Frind is any closer to selling out.

Kris Krug and Robert Scales, Raincity Studios/Bryght – Scales conquered China (12 employees), next stop an office in San Francisco. Raincity completed first round of Angel investment in March and is working towards a Series A round in October. Krug & Scales continue to be hyper-active in the Drupal community through events, conferences, writing, and product development (look for a Bryght re-launch next week).

Boris Mann, Raincity Studios (now with Bootup Labs) - Mann launched an innovative business incubator called Bootup Labs along with Strutta's Danny Robinson. Their tagline - Taking founders from Zero to Fundable - says it all. Mann continues to power all events ending in "Camp" in Vancouver and is now a Guest Contributor on Techvibes.

Danny Robinson, Strutta - Strutta launched in April to plenty of fanfare, fine-tuned it game plan in June, and bleached it's business model in July with a new white-label strategy. Along the way Robinson co-founded Bootup Labs (see Boris Mann) and continues to promote Vancouver start-up scene through LaunchPartyVancouver.

Fred Speckeen, AERS & Terapeak - Speckeen launched Terapeak 5.0, closed a $1 Million round, and landed a thrifty director in the Spring. It's been a busy seven months on Vancouver Island for the company that takes the guesswork out of e-commerce.

Tom Williams, GiveMeaning - Williams' year got off to a rocky start thanks to an investigation of GiveMeaning and himself by the Vancouver Sun's David Baines. The dust has settled and I hear Williams is working on a for-profit side project. Stay tuned.

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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