Nir Eyal Advises Canadian Entrepreneurs to Develop Habits, Not Addictions

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:

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Canada Has a Disease Called Risk-Aversion and It’s Going to Take a Cultural Shift to Propel Us Forward

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 like getting more angel and venture capital investment, deepening the talent pool, and expanding mentor networks. Yes, these things matter, and yes, Silicon Valley employs these things—but you can't grow a tree with a seed, and the seed of Silicon Valley isn't money or people; it's culture. A culture of risk.

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BroadbandTV Signs Major Video Management Agreement With FremantleMedia

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.

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Google Owns You. But You Already Knew That, Right?

Just over 10 years ago, Google launched Gmail, a web-based email service that would compete with Microsoft’s Hotmail. When the service launched on April 1 of 2004 (a launch date which caused some to think it was an April Fool’s joke), Gmail was in beta and one couldn’t sign up without an invitation. In the tech community, Gmail invites were a hot commodity at the time; I seem to recall offering my first born in negotiations to secure an invite from a colleague.

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