Emerging technology companies in Canada received a piece of good news today when Kensington Capital Partners announced the launch of the Kensington Venture Fund with an initial closing of investor commitments totaling $160 million.read more
While plenty is said in Vancouver about people leaving corporate tech jobs for entrepreneurial ventures, a much less discussed option is intrapreneurship.
Intrapreneurs are becoming common in startups but are also proving invaluable in established tech companies looking for development inspiration.
Polish-born tech intrapreneur Agata Osinska is an excellent exmaple. Agata is the youngest director at the world’s largest online dating company, Vancouver's PlentyOfFish. Agata is disrupting the status quo in the online dating scene by challenging existing systems, building new infrastructure and improving reporting metrics to ensure the platform’s 90 million users have a better chance of finding long-lasting relationships.
Agata’s new role as Director of Product is to drive the product life cycle on four different online platforms (web, AOS, iOS, Windows phone) from conception to launch.
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Leading a team of experienced product managers and designers, Agata’s greatest challenge has been admitting she doesn’t have the answers all the time, but she has the willingness to seek the answers and make change happen. Agata believes this level of transparency brought to any role is an intrapreneur’s best asset as it encourages social change and greater collaboration.
That change is evident. Less than six months into the role, Agata’s team is making strides in the areas of user retention and engagement, monetization across all platforms and greater visibility into behavioral data.
Agata is one of a growing number of young, leadership destined female tech enthusiasts rising quickly up the ranks in the world’s largest online companies.
Blockstream has raised $21 million.
The large seed round was led by by LinkedIn cofounder and Airbnb board member Reid Hoffman, Khosla Ventures, and Canada's own Real Ventures. Upward of 40 investors in total participated in the round, including Danny Hillis, Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, and Ribbit Capital.read more
What do you do when your idea for a private social network where parents can share photos of their children with close friends in a more closed environment than Facebook doesn’t attract enough consumers?read more
Only a few years after the subprime crisis aftermath that brought the world to its knees, consumer financing is back.read more
They were also the first successful applicants in the country under the program using the sponsorship of a venture capital fund, New Brunswick Innovation Fund.read more
London, Ontario has a longstanding history of entrepreneurial successes.read more
May "the server" rest in peace. It’s time to breathe the air of clouds in Canada to spur business innovation and ensure success.
From the smallest of startups to the most complex enterprises, Canadian organizations are waking up to the possibilities presented by investing in cloud computing technologies to drive innovation and improve efficiencies.read more
As part of the Deloitte 17th annual Technology Fast 50 Awards the coveted 2014 Companies-to-Watch Award recipients have been named.
The Companies-to-Watch Award honors early-stage Canadian technology companies in business for less than five years.
The winners are selected based on the potential they show for future growth. They exemplify many characteristics of Deloitte Technology Fast 50 ranked companies.read more