The Long Tail in Waterloo

by Rob Lewis

Exciting news in Waterloo. Apparently Communitech has secured Chris Anderson as their keynote speaker for their 2008 Tech Leadership Conference which takes place on May 1st. Communitech's annual conference is one of Canada's largest tech conferences with high-level keynote speakers, practical breakout sessions, and their annual TechVibe Showcase (great name!). Communitech is an industry-led organization driving the growth and success of the Waterloo Region´s technology sector through leadership, connections and promotion. Their 450+ members include big names in the global technology industry, like Research In Motion, Open Text and COM DEV, as well as local start-ups, investors, and educational institutions. For those of you that haven't heard of Chris Anderson, he is editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine and coined the phrase The Long Tail in an acclaimed Wired article, which he later expanded upon in the book The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More. Anderson is also responsible for summing up the business model as the "Long Tail of the Techcrunches".

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Founded by a group of entrepreneurs in 1997, Communitech is an industry-led innovation centre in Waterloo Region, supporting a tech cluster of nearly 1,000 companies. Communitech supports tech companies at all stages of their growth and development – from startups to rapidly growing mid-sized companies and large global players. A member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, Communitech... more

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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  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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