It isn't news that Canada's culture is inherently risk-averse. This made our banking sector the envy of the world during the recent recession, but in the startup game, it's a hindrance. When people say they want a city in Canada to become "Silicon Valley North," I sigh. They focus on things...read more
John Chen, BlackBerry's current chief executive officer, is leaning more heavily on government and enterprises than the company has in many years.read more
Vicinity announced today that it has officially launched in Western Canada, offering consumers access to loyalty and rewards points at numerous small businesses in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.read more
BlackBerry has been in an embattled state for several years now, undergoing multiple leadership changes, a fluctuating but mostly sinking stock price, unpopular product launches, and a diminished brand reputation.read more
Apple this afternoon shocked investors by reporting quarterly earnings that exceed almost all analyst expectations.read more
On April 16, author and entrepreneur Nir Eyal approached an intimate group of Vancouver entrepreneur with a series of important questions. As a part of the Hooked Workshop sponsored by Work At Play, Eyal explored the concept of habits and addictions in regards to technology. Then he asked us all questions that steered us in the direction of creating habit-forming technology:read more
Vancouver's BroadbandTV announced this morning a new online video management agreement with FremantleMedia, one of the largest creators, producers and distributors of television content in the world.
The deal will see BroadbandTV’s content management team and proprietary technology platform, VISO NOVI, track and manage fan-uploaded content for over 200 popular FremantleMedia TV shows including American Idol, The Price is Right, and The X Factor.read more
March activity in M&A was again dominated by one transaction.
Ontario's Nordion, in the heath care technology space, sold to Sterigenics for $848m. The only other announced sizable transaction was Quebec's X2O Media selling to Barco for $21m. Of interest, Zite was sold again, as CNN passed it to Flipboard in a transaction whose price was not announced.read more
The annual Branham300, which lists the top Canadian information and communication technology firms, shows Waterloo-based smartphone maker as number one for 2013, where it has been for five years.read more
Visual product search platform Slyce announced today that it will be going public.
Slyce has entered into a definitive amalgamation agreement with Oculus Ventures Corporation which will enable Slyce to be listed on the TSX-V. The agreement is subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange and regulatory authorities.read more
The pay gap between regular employees and chief executives continues to widen.
According to a report released recently by the AFL-CIO, a federation of trade unions, CEOs of companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index earned an average of nearly $12 million in 2013, compared with barely $35,000 for the average production and nonsupervisory worker.read more
If you are hoping to understand some of the real reasons I make decisions—or avoid other ones—then read on. I’m not promising you a silver bullet, but instead some valuable insight into the way I and my fellow angels think, how we approach deals, and why we continue to invest.read more