From Silicon Valley: Victoria's Checkfront reflects on their 48 Hours

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

As part of Techvibes' intensive pre-event coverage of 48 Hours in the Valley, we profiled several of the Canadian start-ups attending the event. With the event over, these start-ups reflect on their two days in Silicon, and what's next for them. Second up: Verold, hailing from Victoria, B.C.

Staff blogger Knowlton Thomas speaks with Jason Morehouse, Co-founder of Checkfront.

KT: So what's Checkfront about?

JM: Checkfront is a SaaS-based, online booking system.  Right now we are small fish in a huge market, but we see that as a great advantage. We've built a powerful Web 2.0 platform that can scale and quickly adapt to new technologies and customer requirements. That's just something our competitors are having a hard time doing. We know we have a great product, and now we just have to bring it to market in a big way.

KT: Have you made previous trips to the Valley before this?

JM: I'd been down to the Valley once before with a previous company, but this was the first time representing my own.  It's a more inviting place arriving as an entrepreneur than it is an employee.

KT: How was the vibe of 48 Hours?

JM: It was a very positive, supportive, and engaging atmosphere. Everyone there, from startups and mentors to VC's seemed to have a real interest in seeing Canadian startups succeed in Silicon Valley.

KT: Did one aspect of the event stand out for you?

JM: The mentoring sessions were great. They allowed us to pitch our ideas and get honest, open feedback. We had two 45-minute sessions with each mentor, but I could have done it all day long - I centrally would have perfected our pitch by then. We had good advice from Austin Hill (Brudder Ventures), Rob Piovensan (Cisco), and Marilyn Mersereau (Cisco).

I found the evening networking events probably the most interesting.  It was kind of like speed dating for entrepreneurs. The range of companies attending we pretty diverse... but you bring a bunch of Canadians together in a bar in Palo Alto and we unite pretty quick.

KT: What affects did the event have on your business?

JM: It will be a while before we know if any of the contacts down there have any direct impact on the company. I think this trip is more of an introduction to a long term relationship. But on a personal level, I really enjoyed meeting the other statups. It would be great if this were a regular event.

KT: What's the next stage of Checkfront's master plan?

JM: Although we marked the end of our beta at the beginning of the month, the focus now is much the same as it was before.  We'll continue to add features to our product that help our customers manage their business online. You'll likely see us at industry trade shows and statup events in the near future.

KT: Thanks for your time, Jason. Good luck to you and to Checkfront.

Company:
Checkfront Inc
Website:
https://www.checkfront.com
Location:
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Checkfront is an Online Booking System for Tour, Activity and Rental business. Checkfront makes it easy to accept bookings and payments on your own website and provides a powerful cloud back-office app for managing your business. Headquartered in Vancouver and founded in 2009, the online booking management and ecommerce system delivers exceptional customer convenience and service. Some great reasons for using... more

Company:
C100
Website:
http://www.thec100.org/
Location:
San Francisco, California, United States

C100 is a non-profit, member-driven organization dedicated to supporting Canadian technology entrepreneurship and investment. C100 is comprised of a select group of Canadians based primarily in Silicon Valley, including executives of leading technology companies, experienced startup entrepreneurs and venture capital investors. C100 members are passionate about leveraging their collective experience, expertise... more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more



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