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".

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Communitech is located in Waterloo Region, 110 kilometres (66 miles) west of Toronto, Ontario, Canada in an area that includes the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo. Communitech is the regional hub for the commercialization of innovative technologies supporting and building a Southwestern Ontario tech cluster of close to 1,000 companies that now generates more than $30B in revenue. A member of... 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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