We’re putting our list together for 2011 Digital People to watch in Alberta. Before you check it out next week, why not check in with some of 2010’s bright stars? We caught up with a few so they could let us know where they’re at and what they are up to.
Ken Bautista - Rocketfuel Games signed a multi-year deal with Discovery Communications US, the world's #1 nonfiction media company, to co-brand and distribute their kids game Seek Your Own Proof under the Discovery Kids brand. Rocketfuel also closed a $1M financing round with Alberta-based Foundation Equity II. Ken has also continued to be active in making Edmonton a place for next gen creative entrepreneurs by co-founding nonprofits artsScene Edmonton and Startup Edmonton, engaging over 1,500 young people in their first year through events like Launch Party, TEDxEdmonton and Startup Weekend.
Jay Baydala - UEnd:Poverty is now incorporated in the US and almost done their charitable status process. He just got back in October from 2 of the poorest countries in the world (Sierra Leone and Liberia) to check out some of UEnd:Poverty's projects there. Jay says there are stories of hope everywhere, “It’s humbling to walk with these people that work so hard and give so much, just to live.”
Trevor Doerksen - 2010 has been a watershed year for MoboVivo -the company went from zero to 7 figures in the year. MoboVivo started technical trials with some of the largest media companies in Canada in the first half of 2010. By July, on the strength of myScreens and Apps MoboVivo has closed several deals - primarily for mobile and web, and at the end of the year deals related to set-top boxes and Smart TVs are setting the stage for a "triple play" in 2011. MoboVivo opened a Silicon Valley office and are customizing myScreens for a Fortune 500 company for release in 2011. Also in 2011, we will release MoboVivo's myScreens platform, and are both very exiting from a capability and go-to-market perspective.
David Gluzman - WineCollective is taking off. Membership is way up, and a recent round of financing is now closed. He is employing a handful of people, and still looking to add to the roster. In addition to that, he’s still photographing every bottle that goes through WineCollective, still consulting on product design and still organizing DemoCamp
Sean Healy – TouchMetric is very close to releasing a 2.0 version of their software. Sean and Joel Jackson wrote TXT.2.ETS and won both Third Place and the Transit category (yay!) in the Apps·4·Edmonton contest. They got sent to Ottawa to present at the G-Tec Conference. He is working on a new project as well. Robot Rhythm [http://robotrhythm.com/] it is a music delivery system for Bars / Restaurants / Malls and are currently testing in Original Joe's here in Edmonton and have some exciting interest from other local businesses.
Terry Hughes - Widality was acquired by another Calgary company this summer, Wmode, a great story for the local tech economy. Terry is now Head of Market Development for Wmode, running the Widality business unit. He was listed as the Top Presentation from the BlackBerry Devcon which took place in September.
Thanks to everyone who made the list last year and continues to make Albertans proud!