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
A Canadian startup is bringing Uber-style payments to restaurants.read more
Canada Post is teaming up with e-commerce platform providers to make it easier for small businesses to go online and grow their business.read more
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.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
Netflix plans to raise the cost of its monthly subscriptions by up to $2 in some countries, including the US and Canada, the company revealed this week.read more
Telus is unveiling the first-ever fleet of taxis in Canada featuring cell phone and tablet chargers.read more
Recent moves by provincial securities regulators towards legalizing equity crowdfunding have attracted a lot of support from Canada’s startup community, excited about new opportunities for startups to raise funds and the possibility that ordinary investors could get involved in high-return deals previously only open to angel investors and venture capitalists.read more
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.read more