Airbnb's Aaron Zifkin to Profess 'the Power of People' at Dx3 in March

Community is what it’s all about says Aaron Zifkin, Airbnb’s country manager for Canada.“We’re not a technology company,” Zifkin says. “We’re a company that provides experiences.” Zifkin will be speaking at Dx3, Canada’s largest digital marketing conference, in March.“I think the idea behind the session will be about how we’ve become...

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Witkit Raises $5 Million and Launches Secure Collaboration Platform

Vancouver startup Witkit launched today with $5 million in seed funding for its centralized collaboration platform where users can communicate freely and securely.

Witkit allows individuals and businesses to easily assemble teams and groups within industries, companies, and departments to tackle projects and solve problems collectively, with the safety and security of knowing their data cannot be breached.

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Shopify's Year in Commerce

 

 

Ottawa-born e-commerce platform Shopify had a big 2014.

Capped off by being crowned Employer of the Year in the Canadian Startup Awards this week, the company's year was documented recently and boasts some impressive numbers.

For example, Shopify now houses 140,000 stores, up from 80,000 in 2013. Those stores registered an impressive $3.7 billion in sales, up from $1.6 billion in 2013.

Shopify also noted the growing importance of social media and mobile, the latter of which now accounts for 33% of all purchases and more than half of traffic.

 

Amazon Entering Movie Business a Nightmare for Hollywood

Amazon is about to disrupt Hollywood. Again.

The Seattle-based company that sells almost everything under the sun kicked off its year with a massive triumph over the major Hollywood studios at the Golden Globes. Transparent, their first major foray into the world of series television, won two Golden Globes: one for Best Musical or Comedy TV Series and another for Jeffrey Tambor, Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy TV Series.

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CIBC Ranked Top Canadian Bank for Online Banking Functionality

CIBC announced today that it received the top overall ranking for online banking functionality in Canada among the big 5 banks reviewed in Forrester Research Inc.'s 2014 Canadian Online Banking Benchmark report.

This follows CIBC's top ranking in the Canadian Mobile Banking Benchmark from Forrester, released in May 2014.

For their most recent report, Forrester evaluated the online banking functionality of the five largest retail banks in Canada across more than 50 criteria, and CIBC's redesigned secure website topped this year's benchmark.

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