Vancouverites may soon have more choices than Starbucks or Tim Hortons if they want to gobble up gigabytes of free data. Vancouver park board commissioner Trevor Loke will today introduce a motion calling for free wifi in the city's public spaces, such as English Bay and Nelson Park. “A lot of people...read more
On May 5, Twitter's share lockup will expire, meaning executives with big stakes in the company will be free to unload their shares.read more
Racking up nearly six million views in under just a few short days, a video called "Fake Drake" is bound to become one of Jimmy Kimmel's more memorable "I Witness News" segments.read more
This year there are 12 virtual easter eggs laid by Google that internet users can hunt for.read more
Last week I was invited to address a room of nearly 100 Toronto entrepreneurs at the Centennial College Centre For Entrepreneurship networking event. The topic of my talk, not surprisingly, was networking. In particular, how to become a "master networker."read more
A class action lawsuit commenced this week in the Ontario Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook illicitly intercepted and scanned its users' private messages without their knowledge or consent.read more
When Toronto gives you Rob Ford, you make a video game.
Nick Mostowich and Chris Ngan, a pair of systems design engineering students from the University of Waterloo, have reduced the city’s larger-than-life mayor down to 8-bit size.read more
A study released Monday by the University of Missouri provides some interesting insights about Twitter and Facebook, and the potentially damaging effects they can have on our relationships.
The study, conducted by doctoral student Russell Clayton, reveals that "active Twitter users are far more likely to experience Twitter-related conflict with their romantic partners."read more
Twitter is rolling out a new profile page design that will remind most people of Facebook's current profile page design.
"Moment by moment, your Twitter profile shows the world who you are. Starting today, it will be even easier (and, we think, more fun) to express yourself through a new and improved web profile," says Twitter in a new blog post.read more
HBO last night premiered its latest show, "Silicon Valley," which is about—well, the title is pretty self-explanatory.read more
Modern film critics still have an important place in the moviegoing decision-making process.read more
Just a few short years ago, almost no one owned a smartphone—a fraction of a percentage of the world's population, those select few business elite running BlackBerrys.
Then came the iPhone and Android and a tidal wave of mobile this-and-that and now, not only does everybody and their dog have a smartphone, but one billion humans now actively use Facebook on their mobile devices.read more
Barack Obama was among the first wave of politicans to actively leverage the internet and, particularly, social media—to obvious success, no doubt.
That knowledge was evidently not lost on Christy Clark, whose BC Liberals party this week allowed Facebook to release a case study proving how the Premier's election success was driven in part by a well-executed Facebook campaign.read more
Eventually, "the next HootSuite" of Vancouver will launch—a newer, even more agile and innovative company to carry the torch. It's how every successful startup ecosystem functions.
To capitalize on this virtually inevitable opportunity, a notable venture capitalist from Silicon Valley is poking his nose around the city to sniff out today's startups in hopes of getting a whiff of that next HootSuite—and he's got $150 million burning a hole in his wallet. David Blumberg of Blumberg Capital, which has offices in the Valley and New York City, believes Vancouver is the next hot spot.
Blumberg Capital specializes in Seed and Series A rounds, particularly in social medial, mobile, and enterprise software, and invested in HootSuite very early on—which reaped huge rewards for the VC firm to the tune of a 52-times reward within a four-year window.
One company already on Blumberg's radar in the city is Trulioo, one of the VC's portfolio companies. Trulioo, self-described as a "data scientist's dream," helps website operators that support social login to detect spammers, trolls, fake users and bad actors; validate social profile information; and authenticate users in real time. Trulioo may be the next HootSuite, but if not, the startup may at least be involved in fostering the company who is: Trulioo has been hosting "pitch nights" and accepting applications from local startups, the best of whom will be selected by Trulioo to pitch directly to David Blumberg in April at the Trulioo offices in Vancouver on April 30.
As for why Blumberg has become so enamoured with Vancouver? In typical VC fashion, he keeps his reasoning blunt and logical: “Vancouver is a growing tech hub with great entrepreneurs and investment opportunity with supportive government."
In an interview this week with The Vancouver Sun, Blumberg explains that entrepreneurs should adhere to the "six Ts" when dealing with investors: Theme, Team, Terrain, Technology, Timing, and Terms.