Research suggests that 88% of Canadian entrepreneurs who have mentors survive in business—compared to a mere 50% of those who do not. And according to the Fondation de l’Entrepreneurship, a business mentoring program created in Quebec in 2000, firms that receive mentoring services boast double the survival rate for unmentored entrepreneurs in Quebec.read more
A new report highlights the importance of connecting with customers beyond the transactional level—planning for interactions both before and after the purchase activity.read more
Pretty much everyone owns a smartphone but what people look for in their device is often different—hence why multiple platforms can succeed in the same market and why one brand makes several models of phones.read more
App development is one the hottest jobs out there right now, and with all the coding schools popping up, anyone can assume the position. But is it really that easy?read more
The Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership is a leading a delegation of western Canadian interactive companies to attend the 21st annual South By South West Interactive Media conference.read more
HootSuite announced this morning the formal launch of skunkworks project HootSuite Labs.
With origins as a ‘startup within a startup’, HootSuite Labs promises to "explore emerging digital technologies and engage with HootSuite’s early adopters and select customers to shape the future of social media and digital marketing."read more
Simply by using our phones, Canadians can buy a movie ticket, monitor their home security, do their banking, buy and sell stocks, etc.—but while the future seemingly arrived in almost every industry and aspect of our lives, we continue to wait for the future of Canadian healthcare.read more
Today Toronto's Bitcoin Decentral launched Bitcoin Decentral Accelerate, the world’s first accelerator dedicated to funding and growing startups in the emerging and disruptive Bitcoin sector.read more
A major theft at a Canadian bitcoin bank is forced the institution to permanently close its doors.read more
Flipboard is taking Zite off CNN's hands.read more
BlackBerry Messenger is one of the best things BlackBerry has going for it right now. With well over 80 million active users across three major mobile platforms, it's among the most valuable assets the struggling Waterloo-based smartphone maker possesses.read more
A team of Canadian startups is powering much of this year's South By South West Interactive Media conference.
Vancouver-based Eventbase developed the official 2014 SXSW Go app, which will achieve an industry first through the rollout of secure iBeacon-powered proximity beacons and the launch a "Session Live" feature that will enable real-time audience interaction.
Attendease, which also hails from Vancouver, is being used by SXSW in a number of capacities. First, the event planning team uses the company's Schedule Builder tool to slot the entire schedule across all event venues. Second, the Attendease API is being leveraged to synchronize the slotted schedule data with related SXSW properties. And third, Attendease is being used to host the interactive schedule for SXSW's Interactive Workshops.
Finally, a third Vancouver startup, Meetingmax, will be powering hotel reservations. Meetingmax’s online accommodation platform will handle hotel room bookings for SXSW’s roster of events and conferences; the companies expect the system to process more than $15 million in hotel transactions during the first year.
“Since 1987, SXSW has been a standard‐bearer for independent business and independent thinkers," said Mike Shea, Executive Director of SXSW. "Meetingmax is cut from that same cloth and we think their housing technology is the right system at the right time."
“Meetingmax’s core competency matched exactly what we were looking for. They know housing inside and out,” added Michael Brown, Technical Project Manager of SXSW. “Rather than building a system with similar capabilities, working with Meetingmax means we know the system will function at the level it needs to. We’re now free to focus our energy on innovation in other areas.”
“This contract is a long-term, significant investment for Meetingmax and SXSW. Ensuring the fundamentals of our organizations aligned was important to both of us,” said Jeff Duncan, founder of Meetingmax. “It feels great to be working with a team that will benefit from our software and that also functions like ours in terms of goals and culture. We’re excited to develop this relationship in the years to come.”