Prem KalevarSnapchat heavily encourages it's users to install Bitmoji, which is the reason for Bitmoji's extreme growth.
Since the acquisition, Snapchat has been heavily investing in tightly integrating Bitmoji into their core messaging app. To take advantage of these features, one must install the Bitmoji app and customize their Bitmoji.
Ilan KoganI have one set up in my basement. Pretty easy to do for under $200. Just buy a white background and a couple of lights/umbrellas (the latter you can often find on Kijiji for cheap). If you get strobes/flashes those will be more expensive, but if you use constant lighting then you can do it for pretty cheap (some good natural white bulbs are sold on Adorama and B&H).
We had some great coverage in the national news, part of a conversation about what the federal government is doing about the shortage of tech talent. But we're *not* waiting for someone else to do all the heavy lifting. Here's what Wave is doing to develop the next generation of tech-sector talent.
Prof Michael King, co-Director of the Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab at Ivey Business School, delivered a plenary talk at the SWIFT Business Forum Canada 2017 in Toronto on March 22, 2017. His talk “Better Together: Is FinTech a disruptor or an enabler?” provided the standing-room only audience of 325 financial market participants with a view on five topics:
- A framework for thinking about FinTech - An analysis of whether FinTech is a disruptor or an enabler for the industry - A view on how Canadian banks are collaborating with start-ups - A discussion of how FinTechs –both start-ups and other technology companies -- are partnering or pivoting their businesses to work with incumbents - An update on the modernization of the $8.9 trillion Canadian payments industry
More details on the 2017 Federal Budget and what it means for Startups.
- $400 million over 3 years for a new Venture Capital Catalyst program
- $14 million over 2 years for Futurpreneur Canada
- $395.5 million over 3 years to expand the youth employment strategy
- $225 million for a new agency over 4 years to advance future skill development
- $124 million over for a Pan Canadian Artificial Intelligence strategy
-$75 million over 2 years to address challenges such as helping Canada’s rural and remote communities reduce their reliance on diesel as a power source
- $300 million over 11 years, that will support the Smart Cities Challenge
- $1.4 billion to support cleantech firms plus
- $400 million additional investment over 5 years for SDTC’s SD Tech Fund
- $8.1 million over five years, starting in 2017–18, to oversee the implementation of the Impact Canada Fund to foster experimentation.
- $1.26 billion five-year Strategic Innovation Fund to consolidate and simplify existing business innovation programming, in particular the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative, Technology Demonstration Program, Automotive Innovation Fund and Automotive Supplier Innovation Program
- $50 million, starting in 2017–18, to launch a new procurement program, Innovative Solutions Canada
Josh ZweigThanks for the shout-out Daniel Warner and David Crow. There are a lot of factors that go into a decision like this (already using Receipt Bank, number of non-shareholders asking for reimbursements, using corporate vs personal cards, the type of corporate card, complication of approvals, etc.) A general rule of thumb is to use Expensify for employee paid reimbursements and use Receipt Bank for corporate cards and shareholder only receipts. Receipt Bank lacks approvals, mileage and non-receipt entries. Every situation is a little different, but you probably won't be disappointed by using Expensify if it's just for your employees.
Alexander PehHi Julie. Be very clear (both verbally & on paper) what is expected of you as an Investor (amount of time, use of name, intro to network etc). Good luck 👍
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Andrew PeekHonestly... Pick things that feel right. Even if you can't identify why yet. A natural thesis will emerge.
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Katherine HagueThink about building a portfolio from the beginning (10+ investments). Decide on your cheque size, and stick too it - despite the temptation to put more in some investments than others. Most first time angels put too much in their first couple investments and only later realize they should actually be building a portfolio rather than making a couple big bets.
Chris SnoyerJulie, congrats on getting to this point! I can't wait to be there one day! I don't have the right resume to be giving advice, but I can relay info on any cool companies I meet that plan to add investors/advisors.
In COMPLETELY unrelated news, I'd love to chat with some group members who are:
- reading this
- part of the 50% (of adults who have worked in the restaurant industry at some point in their lives)
- looking for sales/marketing work
Marc AlloulAlong the good previous advices (number of investments and expectations) .. Make sure in your mind that you consider this amount of money "lost" or rather "parked" for a undefined amount of time (which could be for ever or lost).
Parveen KalerI wrote my first two cheques last year. Here are some takeaways:
- know your cheque size and pace
- spreadsheet out your risk/probability/expected value
- know what the outcomes have to look like for your next 10 cheques
- you'll probably write 50 cheques in your career. Think through the distribution
- say yes fast. Entrepreneurs appreciate that.
- say no fast. Entrepreneurs appreciate that.
- Think through who is leading the round and what "lead" means
- Put together a due diligence checklist and be up front with entrepreneurs about your process
- Think through proprietary deal flow
- Know if you will do notes, preferred equity, and/or common equity
- Know which terms matter to you (pro-rata?)
- Will/when will you follow on?
- Can you hand off your investment to a VC that will put more capital into the company in later rounds?
That's off the top of my head.
An email hit my inbox last week that was crazy exciting. Ottawa has been working hard as of late, to shine a bright light on all the amazing things happening. It feels really great people are taking notice.
In the 2016 global report released by Compass and analysed by Expert Market only 3 Canadian cities were included in the study, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. This caused some people to ask, what about
John Philip GreenLast time we did the tally CareGuide was 60-65% women. (I can also point out that we've had employees in their teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s.)
3 weeks ago · 9
Christian LassondeAt impression 0% of our partners are women (boo hiss) though the sample size is 2. That said, 33% of our investments are lead by women. 33% of our advisory council (our bosses) are women.
3 weeks ago · 9
Lucas WalkerWe're only two people so saying 50% of our team is women is misleading. However we wouldn't be able to do it without all the support of the women in our lives. Also, most of our customers are women.