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2 days ago

Where do you order your custom swag?Looked into swagup but they are based in the US. Is there a Canadian equivalent? I am in the market for t-shirts, sweaters, water bottles, mugs and notebooks, between 50 to 200 per item. ... See MoreSee Less

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www.adwear.ca/. Lorne Merkur

We used Creative Boulevard at Unbounce

4imprint is decent

We use Right Sleeve www.rightsleeve.com/

My man Brad Armeland is the best in the business!!

+1 for rightsleeve

Genumark is awesome

Jeremy Panda

Tara Kelly Milburn owns Ethical Swag based in Canada www.ethicalswag.com/

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Thanks Carolyn Ray! We would love to help! Message me at [email protected]

Highly recommend Fairware. They're a sustainable swag producer and they make amazing stuff! They're who Hootsuite uses. Based in Vancouver too.

Check out The Bargains Group CEO Jodi Steinhauser

Jeff Holtzman is the man. The swag master!!! Great to deal with

JP Sportswear

I’m an account executive with Boomerang Marketing here in Vaughan. Happy to help.

ordinarysupply.com/ Does amazing work. They run Kotn and they’re great people with a great supply chain.

Pretty happy with Swagup, although on the pricier side, especially if you don't order in large quantities. Quality product and easy process to order and customize swag otherwise.

Check out my friends at Witly! They did all the Focals by North apparel.

Definitely ethical swag - Tara Kelly Milburn can help for sure

Thank you for all the recommendations, very much appreciated!!! I’ll reach out for quotes this weekend.

Faireware and they are a bcorp

Synonymous Swag - so great and Toronto based

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22 hours ago

We're looking for a videographer and studio in Toronto to get help with shooting video and recording audio content. Any recommendations? Thanks in advance :) ... See MoreSee Less

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I might be able to help. DM me 🙂

PMd

StartupFuel they have a studio and videographer

1 day ago

Hi folks, with Money2020 coming up in a couple of weeks and no formal Ontario presence as well as Web Summit just afterwards, I was hoping to gather a group of Canadians going to these conferences and trying to make these events valuable for us all. If you're going, let me know! ... See MoreSee Less

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Braulio Lam

At neither of those but we will be making a lot of 🇨🇦 noise at HLTH!

Hey there! Obvious (from Alberta) will be at Web Summit :)

4 days ago

Looking for a killer freelance web developer to rebuild our website (B2B SaaS product). Experience with WordPress and HubSpot a huge plus. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less

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PM'd you :)

Ali Sifton is great!

Shot you a message

Mina Michail

Would love to see if we could help. Have a bunch of experience working with SaaS companies and in wordpress/hubspot.

I highly recommend Kyle Patterson

I always recommend Matt Miller and his team at Freedom WordPress. They've built our website and half the B2B websites in Toronto. getfreedom.solutions/

Elliott Fienberg is fantastic

Let me me know who you land on Natalie Calderon 👌

Natalie Calderon I might be a little late to the party, as I'm seeing your post just now, but I'll send you a PM shortly. I not only develop SaaS products for my customers/clients, but I run a SaaS product myself as well. See: fieldnexus.com Let me know if and how I can help you?

Recommend Eggs Media! Awesome works.

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1 week ago

Thanks to all who commented and voted re office space/office furniture. Before we go ahead and create a new interest based group, we thought we'd test a monthly post where you can comment/read about office space for rent or office items to buy/sell.

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1. One 'listing' comment per person

2. Don't comment unnecessarily: Move to private message as soon as you can.

3. Don't comment with the word, "Following" or "F." If you want to follow the post you can do so by clicking the three dots on the top right and select, "Turn on notifications for this post."

We'll be monitoring the activity on this post to see if it's a good idea for the group. The post will be held at the top for a few days, but will then live in the "Real Estate" topic. We'll delete the post every month and replace it with a new one if all goes well.

Thanks for your cooperation! Now go ahead and comment if you have any leads :).
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Thanks to all who commented and voted re office space/office furniture. Before we go ahead and create a new interest based group, we thought wed test a monthly post where you can comment/read about office space for rent or office items to buy/sell. 

***RULES***

Please be aware that every time someone comments, the post will bump up to the top, which could get annoying. In an effort to keep this post reasonable, please follow these guidelines:

1. One listing comment per person

2. Dont comment unnecessarily: Move to private message as soon as you can. 

3. Dont comment with the word, Following or F. If you want to follow the post you can do so by clicking the three dots on the top right and select, Turn on notifications for this post. 

Well be monitoring the activity on this post to see if its a good idea for the group. The post will be held at the top for a few days, but will then live in the Real Estate topic. Well delete the post every month and replace it with a new one if all goes well.

Thanks for your cooperation! Now go ahead and comment if you have any leads :).

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Hi all - we've a 3,800 sq ft office at Yonge & Eg; a couple of board rooms also suitable for training. It's a funky area! 7 min walk from Eglinton subway, GreenP parking out back, and about 1/2 way between downtown and the 401.

We have 9700 sq ft at Adelaide and Peter available immediately for sublet. Great location and beautiful open space with 5 offices, 4 board/meeting rooms, reception area, large kitchen, and access to a rooftop deck. There is also a possibility for a growing company to expand into the full 12,000 square feet of the 7th floor. Please email me at [email protected] for photos and more information.

We have 3-4 furnished rooms at King and Victoria St, available as early as Nov 1 . Each room can hold 5-7 people with the current configurations. We have a kitchen, board room, and some flex desks in the common area in case anyone needs a change of scenery. $2,750/month for each room - feel free to DM me. Bonus points if you're a blockchain company ;)

We have a separated, available room in our office at King and Spadina with 10 modern desks and chairs, a couch, and TV, available for rent Nov 1. Contact me for photos and more details. Thank you.

1 week ago

Looking for a small business CRM. We'll need to move away from Excel but don't really need the bells and whistles of Salesforce. Something in between for a small team of 3 people, fairly basic functionality. Recommendations appreciated! ... See MoreSee Less

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Hubspot is solid.

Pipedrive

We only use Hubspot for marketing automation but I hear the CRM tool is quite good too.

This topic comes up every once in a while. You may want to search the group for those conversations. I’ve been struggling with the same thing. We use HubSpot and it’s just ok.

Streak - Lives in your Gmail, pretty simple and probably has all the features you need for a small team

Close.io and Pipedrive are both great options

Pipedrive! It’s amazing and very cost effective

We have a team of 3 as well and have found Copper to be the best for our needs

We used Pipedrive before we moved to salesforce, highly recommended

Streak or Hubspot do the trick

We have a workshop on this at Camp Tech, taught by Fatima Zaidi: camptech.ca/collections/toronto/products/getting-started-with-crm-software-1

Thanks all - will have a look into those recommended. Happy weekend!

ZenDesk Sell - ideal I would think. It also is natively integrated with their other products which I am sure you use or will use.

I'm enjoying Copper CRM, if you want lighter weight try Pipedrive.

Name Ninja has been using this one for 5+ years and we love it: www.lessannoyingcrm.com

We evaluated all of the above and ended up using Affinity.co The successor for Mobile first CRM, easy to use and high impact for smaller teams. The natural successor to RelateIQ that was AWESOME and then bought by Salesforce and shout down in March this year )-: Forced us to do a full back off and land on Affinity. Worth checking out. Likely get you FoF pricing too if that helps.

ActiveCampaign. If you have a few extra dollars, Pipedrive. The nature of your lead flow and sales model are key to finding the right fit. What's the rest of your marcom stack?

I customized pipeline deals was easy and $15 per month per user. Happy to show you a screen share of what we did to suit our needs. Works pretty much perfectly.

Streak

Pipedrive.com hands down.

Pipedrive for ease of use. But as you’d grow and need more functionality, all would end up costing you more via 3rd party integrations. You can also check out Freshsales, which has a built-in dialer and sales email campaigns, and does not cost a lot.

Absolutely loving HubSpot

Close.io

Another vote for Hubspot at least to start, and it’s free.

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1 week ago

Good morning! Has anyone ever heard of HiredEvent (www.hiredevents.com/)? There's an event happening this month in Toronto about developer recruitment. It costs around $400 so I wanted to make sure if it'd be worth going as I couldnt find any reviews about the organisation and their events. If anyone's gone there, please let me know what you think. Much appreciated!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Sounds shady.

I did one for sales. Was not impressed with the “talent” they brought in (a sizeable number of them didn’t speak passable English... and it’s a sales event). Might be better for developers though, couldn’t tell you.

If you want to see a bucket of developers, I’d try Hired or Vettery first. They would prob have a better pool.

I’d reach out to Vanhack Vancouver personally..

I dont know them but am happy to chat dev hiring anytime Thao Phuong Trinh! email me: [email protected]

Nothing beats direct sourcing and being clear on your employee value proposition.

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4 weeks ago

Looking for an alternative to Google Analytics... Any thoughts, recommendations? ... See MoreSee Less

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privacy respecting, open source, self hosted alternative: matomo.org/

Adobe Analytics (Omniture). In many ways it puts GA to shame. Even GA 360 Which has little to no benefits but still costs a shitload more.

Pendo. Mixpanel. Every analytics solution out there has its strength and weaknesses. It might help to know what exactly in GA doesn’t satisfy you.

Heap

Piwik

Privacy friendly simpleanalytics.com/

FullStory, MixPanel.

I second MixPanel, Heap is good too...

Check out Amplitude, they are awesome. Their free plan is quite generous, they integrate with Segment, and they are GDPR compliant. amplitude.com/

Alrighty, I'm new to this so bear with me. We're down to Matomo (which I read used to be Piwik) and Piwik Pro. Matamo is affordable and transparent with pricing. Piwik Pro wanted a call to discuss pricing. After some research it starts at $500 a month. Jordan St Jacques, are you recommeding Piwik (now Matamo) or Piwik Pro? We are choosing company who is privacy-friendly AND has mobile SDK tracking as opposed to API. As much as our data is end-to-end encrypted, we want to go with a company that has similar views on data security. This may be an apples to oranges comparaison...

Depending on what you’re looking for, Mixpanel or Amplitude are companies we’ve had success with.. don’t forget a tool like Segment to bind all your tools and data together.

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1 week ago

looking for any insight/opinions on two tools - Pendo (product analytics) and Bubble.io (no-code dev platform) ... See MoreSee Less

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If you can get past the slight learning curve, Bubble is a fantastic and extremely powerful tool. I have been using it for over a year and love it.

Wow thanks for this! Bubble.io looks pretty cool. Could even speed up the engineers. ;)

Bubble is great for an MVP, there’s some downsides like lack of plugins slower server times etc. just make sure to consider your long term needs before committing

6 days ago

SaaS companies using Stripe for payments, what do you use to charge and keep track of sales tax from Canadian customers/subscribers?

Do you ask for full billing address along with payment information? If not, how to you figure out if the subscriber is from Canada?
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You can get country & region from stripe. Most times not the user’s but at least the card’s.

Without taking the full billing address info, you may be exposing yourself to CRA issues if you are ever audited as you need to bill the sales tax based on the country/province your end user is in. So if you’re not in the habit of taking your customers billing address, I would change that ASAP to ensure you are billing this part correctly...

1 week ago

IRAP project + customer feedback = ethics hell.

Anyone else dealing with this?

We're finding it's getting difficult to have an IRAP project where you iterate based on customer use or feedback. If you listen to the customer, it triggers an ethics review.
I can understand the desire to ensure projects are following the correct ethical procedures, but it seems to me that it's getting out of hand. Is this just us?

(if our ITA is reading this - we like you and understand you're working with the system you've got!)
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Thx for the warning.

Ummm that’s what happens when you’re dealing with a university-affiliated program and doing human research... you’re using grad students, they have to follow the rules of the HREB. If you don’t like it, don’t do it. The university is watching their ass for good reason, lots of tech founders do shady shit with user data either because their negligent/ignorant or just straight sociopaths.

This is a common problem doing any university research. Best way is to maybe work with a community hospital that doesn't have as many useless bureaucrats and a more efficient ethics board.

To elaborate, I'm not talking about University affiliated research, and certainly nothing to do with medical devices. Just following the LEAN startup methodology (e.g. tracking use of your consumer platform, or interviewing potential customers), requires an ethics review. We got stuck in a 3 month review process one year because we said we'd like to get some users to try our tool and report back.

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2 weeks ago

Looking for help in finding a Software/ app for <10 employees companies for payroll processing, including tax deductions. Also, looking for suggestions on provider for insurance benefits.

— looking for recommendations.
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We are with Rise at < 10 employees and pretty happy!

I’m pretty happy with the option Quickbooks has with payroll.

Wagepoint!

Humi.ca cc/ Kevin Kliman

Humi can help you with both.

We use wagepoint for payroll and deductions.

Payroll by Wave

Try your local chamber for benefits

Irene May Lee has looked into these for me!

Humi does both payroll and benefits - they're great!

Payment Evolution is great

Thank you so much everyone ! Looks like there are quite a few options.

Welcome Khushboo!

Richard Force

+1 for wagepoint ... really happy with it

+1 for Humi, great price and aside from payroll and deductions you get full HRIS, Google cal integration and can also do a native benefits integration. Took me a while to compare all options in Ontario but this won by a mile.

www.knitpeople.com/blog/payroll/best-payroll-software-canada?utm_campaign=Payroll+Comparison+Guid... Definitely a lot to choose from. I’ve used some of these for my clients. Each have own pros and cons. Reach out if you need some more info.

Khushboo Jha Very happy to help, feel free to DM me or book a demo www.humi.ca !

+1 for Humi

*following

Also would recommend Greg Oswald- independent broker who is AMAZING at his job and has helped me find individuals and group benefits.

If you’re already using QuickBooks just update it to have their payroll option enabled - it’s super easy and simple to use

Wagepoint is fantastic - automated, easy to use, and some of the best support of anything goes wrong. Happy to chat about my experiences with them Khushboo!

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1 week ago

One of our Schulich Alumni is opening 2 retail stores in the GTA (representing the opening Canadian footprint or a large global organization - so think growth opportunity and major worldwide brand.

They are looking for 2 startup community elements:

* Local delivery companies (platform connecting drivers, bikes, foot delivery for home delivery).
* A healthy food concept (the retailer will have a small restaurant in the stores).
* Any startup companies related to sports that would be engaging to people who love to play sports.

Hoping to help this Alumni make some great connections. Please message me for more details: [email protected]

Thanks in advance on behalf of myself, Schulich Startups and the Schulich School of Business!
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Umpires Media has a baseball rules quiz with rule videos. Fan test their knowledge of the rules - www.umpiresmedia.com/test-my-team - it can be set as a stand at a retail location for visitors to watch rule videos, select form multiple choice answers and watch answer videos, then get their score. Can also have difficulty levels of quizes.

www.goodfootdelivery.com/ For the delivery end.

FOODIQ Rakesh Tiku can you help?

Jared Kligerman

Hafiz Mitha has the 3rd bullet point covered

+1 to Good Foot Delivery: www.goodfootdelivery.com/. Happy to connect them with Jon Gauthier (co-founder). :) They have a wonderful mission as well!

exciting stuff

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